How To Eat A Coconut

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

 Likes  Comments

Knowing how to eat a coconut is important if you want to enjoy all that this tropical fruit has to offer!

How to Eat a Coconut?

A coconut can be an intimidating fruit to approach, considering it has such a tough outer shell, as well as unusual hairy skin that looks anything but appetizing.

Steps To Crack Open a Coconut

  • Step 1: To begin with, you want to remove that hair on the outer skin by pulling and peeling it off, revealing the brown, textured nut inside.
  • Step 2: Turn the coconut so the soft spots are facing up.
  • Step 3: Then place a nail through 1-2 soft spots and knock them in with a hammer.
  • Step 4: Remove the nails and turn the coconut over, allowing the coconut water to drain.
  • Step 5: Collect this water, as it is rich in nutrients and antioxidants.
  • Step 6: Once the coconut is empty, lay it flat on a towel and strike it with a hammer 2-3 times on the outer shell until it cracks open.
A close-up shot of coconut pieces within a coconut sliced into half

Coconut is low in carbs & rich in amino acids, & healthy fats. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

How To Prepare Coconut To Eat?

Depending on the age of your coconut, you will proceed in one of two ways:

  • Young or immature coconuts: The flesh of a young coconut will often be tightly bound to the outer shell, so you can scoop out the tender flesh with a spoon, all the way to the hard outer edge.
  • Mature coconuts: For the mature kinds, you can often pry out the entirety of the fruit by wedging a knife between the husk and the fruit’s edge.

Uses of Raw Coconut

You can use the coconut flesh in a number of ways:

  • Snack: You can eat the coconut raw or add it to salads.
  • Dishes and soups: Cook with it to make curries, sauces, or soups.
  • Oils and creams: Process it into various creams, oils, and juices.
DMCA.com Protection Status
About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

Rate this article
Average rating 4.4 out of 5.0 based on 4 user(s).

Latest Health News:

A woman clinician injecting a young girl.

Increase Screening Of Asymptomatic People For COVID Control

With the coronavirus pandemic showing signs of slowing down, there is an increased need for precaution to ensure that it does not flare up again. New research,…

READ MORE
Group of wood figurines huddled together with one figure outside the group.

Pandemics, Epidemics Can Worsen Social Prejudices

A time of crisis can exacerbate our social prejudices, particularly bigotry and xenophobia. A study, published in the journal Proceedings of The Royal Society,…

READ MORE
Graphic of the human brain

Research Reveals How Memory Works

Why do our memories not get muddled with other new events? Why are they long-lasting? Researchers from the University of Bristol may have found answers to…

READ MORE