During my honeymoon in Brazil, I think I drank from a coconut at least 4 times a day. Nothing says "tropical vacation" like sipping that nutty, refreshing liquid directly from the source. Perhaps the machete-wielding locals had me fooled...I always thought that opening a coconut was impossible to do without brute force or a pirate-worthy blade. It turns out there's a simple trick to cracking these nuts that even we city folk can do!
OPENING A COCONUT:
What you'll need:
- A hammer, a screwdriver, and a bowl for catching the water
- On a sturdy surface, place the tip of a Phillip's head screwdriver into one eye of the coconut, and tap with a hammer until the screwdriver pokes through the flesh and into the hollow center. If all you want is coconut water, feel free to stick a straw in that hole and stop here!
- Repeat with the other two eyes, so there are three holes in the end of your coconut.
- Pour the water out into a bowl.
- Holding the coconut in one hand, tap it with a hammer along the equator of the nut, turning it in your hand to hit the coconut all around its center.
- And just like that, the coconut will crack open and split in half right in your hand! It's that easy!
You don't have to hit the coconut all that hard. Give it good, firm whacks, but you should be able to hold it in your hand while you hammer.
Not only do coconuts offer a super-hydrating water packed with potassium and other nutrients, but the meat, milk, and oil definitely make this a nut worth cracking. Stay tuned for my ode to coconut oil a bit later. In the meantime, get out your hammer and mix up one of our coconut water cocktails!
(all photos, jamie grill photography)