Cracking Coconuts

Have you ever wanted to use fresh coconut but just didn’t know how to get the thing open? Well, put your screwdrivers and hammers away because in this video, I show you the secret that makes cracking coconuts a breeze! Once open, the fresh white meat is revealed and you can eat it, grate it to use in recipes or even make your own coconut milk.

According to the Coconut Research Center:

The scientific name for coconut is Cocos nucifera. Early Spanish explorers called it coco, which means “monkey face” because the three indentations (eyes) on the hairy nut resembles the head and face of a monkey. Nucifera means “nut-bearing.”

Coconuts are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. The coconut water which is drained from the center of the coconut through the eyes (or indentations found on the end of the coconut) contain dietary fiber, proteins, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and provides an isotonic electrolyte balance. It is a refreshing drink which is a healthy substitute to sports drinks. Coconut milk is different from the coconut water. Coconut milk is obtained by pressing the grated coconut or passing hot water through the grated coconut to extract the oils and flavors.

Although coconuts are grown around the world, the Philippines is the largest producer. In the United Stated, coconuts are grown without irrigation in Hawaii, south Florida and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands. Coconuts may also be grown and even reach maturity in areas such as deep south Texas, near Brownsville and on the northeast Texas coast at Galvaston Island but they are usually damaged in winter freezes.

Thanks to modern transportation, coconuts are available in most areas. With the method shown in the above video, anyone can crack a coconut and enjoy the fresh meat inside!

How to Crack Coconuts


Sources: Coconut Research CenterWikipedia

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  1. Sue says

    Do you have any tricks for choosing a ripe coconut? I stopped buying coconuts because I seemed to choose the overripe ones.

  2. says

    This was a great tutorial! I bought a coconut a few months ago, but had the hardest time getting the goodies out. I’m excited to try agin. And YES, homeschooling counts as teacher training :)

  3. Leah says

    Wow, I can’t wait to try this. I finally gave up on buying fresh coconuts because I couldn’t get them open without using practically every tool that my husband owns…and then I ended up with bits of shell and brown hairs all over everything. My grocery store has just started carrying young coconuts (the white ones) and I will definitely be picking one up the next time I’m in there! Thank you!


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