Give a guy a coconut and a machete and he will be entertained for….um…about 10 to 15 minutes. Lol.
He will also promptly destroy the cockpit of your sailboat by hacking up that coconut and, in the process, allow coconut bark pieces to fly everywhere (which leave stains by the way). And maybe, if you are extra lucky, he’ll make a few nicks in the cockpit fiberglass too while machete-ing the heck out of that drupe. I got extra lucky this particular day. ;)) I mean, could you expect much less when you are machete-ing on a freaking beach towel no less?
I just stumbled upon these fun photos from back in June while we were anchored off of my very favorite island…Long Island, Bahamas. And in case you’re a new blog reader, Long Island is extra special to us because this happened there. So I guess this is kinda a #throwbackthursday sorta post (even though it’s not thursday). ;))
Turns out, green coconuts aren’t really the best for eating the actual coconut flesh since they aren’t yet ripe. But they ARE great for drinking the coconut water!!!
Coconut water is best harvested from these young, green coconuts…the ones with thin, soft inner flesh.
When you crack open a green coconut, coconut water is the clear liquid found inside. Coconut water is such a popular drink here in the tropics. You can literally find coconuts sold by street vendors everywhere…including right here at Marina Pescaderia in Puerto Real, Cabo Rojo. We have a local guy who comes by every day (usually more than once per day) on his bicycle with a basket full of green coconuts, and he’ll cut one open for you in record speed for about $1.
Jereme actually honed his coconut-cutting skills back in Naples, believe it or not. We had an awesome Vietnamese neighbor who was an expert in all things gardening/fruit tree related. He would regularly deliver us interesting fresh fruits (including coconuts) from the trees in his yard, and one day he taught Jer how to hack open a coconut himself. That little skill has definitely come in handy on our sailing journey, although I still think his cutting work could use a little refinement.
Even the dog loves coconut water. :)))))))
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