How to Open a Coconut (without a machete)
Written by Pieter Jan on Jul 7, 2020 — 2 min read
At: Hog Island, Grenada
When you buy a coconut at a stall, the vendor usually pulls out a huge machete and goes to town on the coconut, until it has a hole in it and you can drink the coconut water with a straw. It looks impressive and daunting, not something you’d want to try on your boat without years of samurai training.
Luckily, there’s a way to enjoy the coconut without the associated machete-wielding madness. Shout out to Alistair for teaching me!
Step 1: Cut some ‘spoons’ from the sides of the coconut
It’s best to use a serrated bread knife, as this cuts the fibers easily, but even a Swiss army knife works.
Step 2: Cut off the top of the coconut
Step 3: Make a hole in the top
This hole frees the healthy and delicious coconut water inside.
Step 4: Drink the coconut water
You can use a straw, but those are bad for the environment, so we use a glass. Call us old-fashioned.
Step 5: Cut a V and open the coconut
Cut a big V from top to bottom. It gives you a good grip to break open the coconut. Go full caveman and all bystanders will admire your strength when you pull the coconut apart with your bare hands. Hint: if the V is deep enough, it’s not that hard ;-)
Step 6: Scoop out the flesh
Use the razor sharp spoons you created in step 1.