Considering how many ways coconuts can be used to benefit your health — from a great moisturizer to a fiber-filled snack — it would be wrong to avoid these delicious fruits just because they're tough to crack. Follow these steps to pick a ripe coconut, open it, and enjoy every last bit!
How to Choose a Coconut
When perusing the produce aisle for coconuts, you want the young and fresh ones that don't have cracks and black or pink mold. Make sure to give em' a good shake and listen — do you hear the coconut water swishing around inside the shell? If so, it's ripe and ready to come home with you.
What You'll Need to Open a Coconut:
- clean screwdriver
How to Open a Coconut:
- Place the coconut on a towel to prevent it from slipping.
- Find the three black "eyes" on the shell and rest the pointed end of the screwdriver on one of them.
- With the hammer, gently hit the screwdriver to pierce a hole in the eye and repeat with one of the other two remaining eyes; you should now be able to easily pour all of the water out into a bowl.
- Make sure the water is clear. If it's opaque, toss the coconut.
- Once you've completely drained the fruit, use the hammer to crack the shell open — it should smell fresh and clean, not fermented.
Now give these amazing and creative coconut recipes a try!