After what seemed like an unusually hot couple of days I did what I usually do when I get very thirsty and want something other than water - which I love by the way - I buy coconut water, yes water not milk.
Every few months, I post about the wonderful tropical fruits I enjoy especially during the summer months.
Now some people only know about the dry coconut and the hard meat inside. I've often marvelled at the fact that some people in Florida have the coconut palm trees and don't use the coconuts.
The water inside the coconut, known simply as coconut water is natural, refreshing, sweet (depending on the fruits maturity) and good for you. The water is almost clear and it has got loads of potassium and electrolytes. Sports drink lovers are welcome to try it. I'm told too (ahem by high school biology student) that its makeup is just like blood plasma. I haven't seen any scientific studies but I did see the Jackie Chan movie ;).
Now some of you may be wondering what is the difference between this and coconut milk. Coconut milk is derived from the coconut meat itself. When the coconut is mature the nut gets hard and the husk dry. Put small pieces of the coconut in the blender with water, grate it and voila, you get coconut milk and it looks like the white stuff too. That milk and the hard nut is what you use in your recipes but when the fruit is young that meat is think like gelatin and makes for a lovely snack.
So I bought 5 coconuts - not the mature one. I had my coconut vendor chop off the top like in the picture. When I got home I stuck a sharp knife in the top (look for the tender spot and it will be easy) and it filled my pitcher. Refreshing!
Next I opened the hole a bit more with the knife and then I grabbed a spoon and scooped out the meat which we call coconut jelly. Kids love this.
If you have friends with a coconut tree, tell them to try the water, just be careful with the knife. It's sad to make this go to waste and there must be a reason why the canned stuff is flying off the shelves in stores.