Friday, 9 August 2013

Video: How To Open a Coconut (Indian & Western style)

Remember my self-proclaimed fear/curiosity about opening a fresh coconut?  Well I still have yet to hack one open myself, but I sure got lots of "lessons" during my time in India.  Kerala, the southern state in India where I've stayed for the past 4 winters, is referred to as the land of coconuts, and if you have ever traveled there, you will know why.  Lush green coconut trees are everywhere, and every corner has its own coconut entrepreneur selling their wares, a freshly cut green coconut.  Delicious!   

Here's a video taken in Thucklay, just outside the famous Padmapuram Palace, an architectural wonder of handcrafted teak woodwork. 

P.S. That's me in the background snacking on the amazing coconut jelly and laughing at a stray piece of coconut that flew onto the street. 

Did you watch the video??  I definitely do not recommend using that method, but it is fascinating to watch.  Not only was he hacking open coconuts at the speed of light, but also keeping track of who needed another one, who wanted their's split open to access the jelly inside, and of course keeping tally of the bill.

Here's a MUCH more practical how-to video for those of us who don't really want to risk hacking off an ear just to make a smoothie:

Good luck and happy coconuttin'

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