Thursday, June 05, 2008

More Coconut Insanity

A lot of people have sent me this link, and I thank every one of you very much. The problem is that it refers to the brown, fuzzy monkey face kind of coconuts you get in the grocery store. My issue is more complicated. My coconuts are encased in very hard, fibrous, thick green husks so I can't even get anywhere near the monkey face nut inside. I've been struggling with how to get the green husk off and it is tough. I think they call the coconut fiber from the husk copra and in other countries they make things out of it. I'll bet the things they make are extremely sturdy.

24 comments:

saphire said...

A very sturdy knife is used with some force to cut away the green husk ..but unfortunately I wouldnt advise any of you to try to do it yourself.It requires sufficient experience and you might otherwise unecessarily hurt yourself seriously.

There is also a machine used to de-husk coconuts which is of a local make in India that I doubt will be available where you live.[Check the link for an image]

http://www.kau.edu/CoconutDehusker.jpg

Your best bet would probably be to find a coconut vendor and ask for a de-husker :) All the best :)

krambow said...

I found this video, http://www.mefeedia.com/entry/how-to-open-a-green-coconut/5932247/

a l'ouest said...

Copra is the inside of the coconut (the white part that you will be able to eat, once you'll be able to get to it ;).

The outer fibrous part is called coir.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coir

I think that's what they use to make coconut rugs.

(by the way I think it is the first time I comment here but I wanted to say that I love love love your blog!)

chasmyn said...

I sent you a youtube video of the kind of coconut you describe - did you not get it?

Kibrika said...

Google "open green coconut"?

Donna said...

try this link instead....
http://www.auxilloubeachsuites.com/CoconutHusk.html

catherine said...

http://brandonnews2.tbo.com/content/2008/mar/05/br-coconut-all-its-cracked-up-to-be/?news
heres one link that might help, i'll keep looking for ya.
catherine

catherine said...

here is an interesting link,lots of reading. maybe you can find something useful here http://www.uq.edu.au/_School_Science_Lessons/CoconProj.html#Topic15

i found out copra is dried coconut meat. who knew? lol
catherine

Rckhppr362 said...

maybe you should take a saw to the outside of the husk. they make mini saws to put on the end of power drills. i bet if you put the coconut in a vice and sawed at it the husk would be broken. then you would get a tent stake and hammer it into the nut it's self.
good luck!!

Wide Lawns said...

That's right!!! It's called COIR. I got them mixed up. I had a coir doormat.

Wide Lawns said...

Ok I just watched the video. The guy is kinda cute. I'll need a hacksaw now I guess. Husband will love a chance to go to Home Depot.

JoeinVegas said...

Look at the one Chasmyn sent yesterday - it uses a machete - even more chance to take off a leg or something.
Did you take the rest of them down before they all fall off?

Jeannie said...

The guys on resorts use a machete.

FirstNations said...

you know what my first thought was? I thought "You know, I bet if you started a really big fire, and then threw the cocoanut into the middle of it, the juice inside would superheat and the cocoanut would EXPLODE."

SEND ME SOME COCOANUTS NOW.

rabrab said...

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/Mar/28/il/FP703280347.html

How to open them and what they're best for at each stage of ripeness.

Fae said...

Seriously, all that looks like waaay too much work. I'd take them to a vender and offer him 1/3 of the coconuts if he would open the rest of them for you. oh, and I wouldn't mention that to the husband, just hand him a fresh pina colada and the remote to the large tv. :-)

Anonymous said...

http://antiguaisland.blogspot.com/2007/03/coconut-republic.html

This looked like a relatively painless way to deal with all your green coconuts.

dance said...

In the Caribbean (Trinidad, anyhow), they cut off the top (with a machete-looking thing) and stick a straw in it, and you drink the coconut water, very refreshing. This is common street food. When the water is gone, you can take it back to the man with the machete and he breaks it into pieces for you to eat. But the inside usually hasn't hardened yet, it's a sort of coconut jelly which is fun to eat.

Linda and Denny said...

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/Mar/28/il/FP703280347.html
Who better than a Hawaiian to know how to husk a coconut?

* nicole said...

There are all sorts of illustrative videos on YouTube on coconut opening. This one seems easiest to follow, and all you need to get the job done is a hacksaw and a cutting board.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdxOWVCbeeU

Cnut said...

this link tells (with pictures)how to open the coconut with your bare hands

http://antiguaisland.blogspot.com/2007/03/coconut-republic.html

Not sure how well it compares with dropping it out of the window. Who knows, maybe the secret is in hitting exactly the right spot. I would probably go for the hacksaw.

Nancy in CT said...

Too funny, Castaway was on Saturday night, and Tom Hanks was having the exact same problem you are. He eventually used a sharpened rock as a knife to cut through the husk, but of course that was Hollywood. Wilsooooooonnnn...

Anonymous said...

totally off topic, I made your pineapple bread pudding! Oh my, delicious!!! Perhaps, add some coconut????

Hope said...

Opening the Coconut:

The first method of coconut opening applies to mature nuts either well
yellowed and perhaps already fallen from the tree, or those that are totally brown and fibrous. Grasp the coconut husk firmly with both hands so the coconut stem axis is vertical. Strike the coconut firmly against a rock or other hard surface - almost throwing it down. Flip the coconut 180 degrees and repeat. After twenty or thirty blows, the nut will tear loose from the husk and the husk will part into three pieces which may be torn away from the nut by hand.

Looks like you just didn't whack it long enough :)

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