I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts

During our travels through Cambodia and Sri Lanka, we drank a lot of young coconut water. And ate it’s delicious flesh. They made a super healthy snack while travelling through both countries. And were easy to get our paws on when the hangries struck!

There are loads of nutritional benefits in coconuts. I found some great articles here  and here that’ll give you the low down. And they’re pretty tasty too!

When we first arrived in Australia we noticed young coconuts stacked on the shelves in the fresh food markets here in Canberra. At first we were a bit sceptical because we thought they were being flown in from South East Asia. But after speaking to one of the owners we learnt that they were actually grown in Queensland!

With this new found knowledge we loaded up the trolley with a dozen coconuts! Getting them home was the easy part. The next challenge was getting them open so we could enjoy it’s yummy goodness!

After A LOT of struggling to get the little buggers open. My superstar husband, Mike, managed to work out a pretty cool system.

Note: We don’t have a cleaver. I’m sure this would make our lives easier. But we didn’t want to buy one just for coconuts so we used what we had at home.

Tools you’ll need:

 BUTTER KNIFE & SHARP KNIFE. IF YOU HAVE A CLEAVER USE THAT!

BUTTER KNIFE & SHARP KNIFE. IF YOU HAVE A CLEAVER USE THAT!

 HAMMER TO CRACK OPEN THE SHELL. (OPTIONAL) IF YOU HAVE A CLEAVER USE THAT!

HAMMER TO CRACK OPEN THE SHELL. (OPTIONAL) IF YOU HAVE A CLEAVER USE THAT!

How to Crack Open a Young Coconut:

First you wanna peel away the husk. Start by slicing the husk into sections with a sharp knife.

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Lift the tops of the sections with a butter knife. Then peel away alternate sections. This makes it easier to grip the and pull away the husk.

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Once you peeled off the husk. Look for 2 or 3 circles on the top of the coconut. They’ll be quite soft. Poke it with a knife to open the coconut.

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Then drain out the juice. We used our aeropress to catch the floaty bits but this is optional. Drink the fresh nutritious coconut water to aid digestion.

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Next crack open the shell to get to the fleshy bits  We used a hammer! But if you have a cleaver that would probs work loads better!

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Scoop out the flesh and enjoy! Blitz it up to make yummy coconut cream. It’s a great substitute for yoghurt.

Enjoy your coconuts 🎉🥥 Cos ya can't go wrong with yum 😁