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How To Open A Coconut
August 13, 2020

I love coconut, I use coconut everything, but I have yet to try fresh coconut. I’ve been curious about coconut water for a long time and I’ve read that it tastes great. But how the heck do you get the damned thing open? I had to learn how to open a coconut cuz I just whacked the crap out of it.

Needless to say, I got the darn thing open after whacking it with a hammer. I even got an “easy crack coconut”. Easy crack my ass; it was definitely not interested in opening. After I got it open, I could not for the life of me, figure out how to get the flesh out. I scratched and scraped and finally dunked everything in a bowl of water to sit while I turned to all mighty Google for answers.

I guess I wasn’t the only one having issues because I came across a ton of helpful articles and how-to videos that make it look so easy! Here’s the best video I could find on how to open the stubborn coconut. This method looks like a heck of a lot of work…I opted for the hammer method.

Here’s a video that makes it look so easy to extract the flesh…not so easy but I finally got it all out!

I used a mature coconut with really thick meat and a very hard shell. I think I’ll try and find Thai young green coconut next time. This looks much easier and the coconut water won’t be a mess after I bust it open!

Now…what should I do with all this beautiful fresh coconut? I’ve already been nibbling and I’ve had to chase dear boyfriend away with the hammer dripping coconut water.


About author

Heather Cooan

Heather is a marketing executive turned nutrition consultant and educator. Heather advocates for informed consent, bodily autonomy, and healthcare authorship. She speaks and writes on nutrition and lifestyle design interventions for health recovery. Heather successfully recovered her health from vulvar cancer, Hashimoto's, and lichen sclerosus. She reversed estrogen dominance, insulin resistance, arteriosclerosis, and fatty liver utilizing a food-as-medicine and integrated clinical treatment approach. Heather is a certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner and Nutrition Therapy Practitioner.

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  • Desi says:

    I remember sitting in my garage as a kid going to town on the coconut’s with a hammer apparently my mom thought that slave labor was the best way to open them. However, there definately wasn’t any water from the coconut that was preserved… Now I use the young green coconut’s or just buy the water.

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