The Amazing Philippine Coconut!

The Amazing Philippine Coconut!

They recently cut down a couple of coconut trees in the place next to ours. I am happy to see those two trees go because they were scary, especially when the winds blow. We also walk around in the area below the trees sometimes and I do not like the thought of being hit by one or a cluster of coconuts.

bunch of coconuts in a tree

These coconuts are about the size of bowling balls and weigh only just a bit less. You can imagine how unpleasant it would be to be struck by one that has fallen from forty or fifty feet above. Now imagine being struck by a cluster of six or eight of them. You would be dead - and it would most likely have to be a closed casket funeral.

But there is a silver lining to these little green implements of death.

They are delicious!

One of my favorite things on earth is coconut water. It has a mild electrolyte bite that you can only get from drinking it fresh from the coconut. It tastes flat when you pour it into another vessel.

The closest thing I can compare it to is warm beer. Imagine that it's a hot Texas afternoon and you have left your opened can of Coors on the patio for few hours. That is what fresh coconut water tastes like to me -  only in a good and totally addicting way.

You can get to the water through the pointy end of the coconut or through the stem end.

a coconut
stem side up
If you are in a hurry you can just chop off the end leaving a round hole.

Insert straw and drink:

coconut with a straw in it

I am more into the experience of drinking coconut water and not so much into getting it quick. I like to whittle down the stem side revealing the internal shell:

where to stick a straw in coconut shell

When you do this you will see a meridian line with two white spots on one side and a lone white spot on the other. Usually you can just poke a straw through that single white spot. I tried that on this coconut and it did not work so I used my fingernail. There was so much pressure in this little grenade that the water exploded out several feet covering me in the stuff. I have never seen that before. 

What was left was very good:

I drank five of them today and thought it best to stop at that because it can be dangerous according to Internet wisdom. The water from a single coconut can contain hundreds of milligrams of potassium and that can have adverse health affects if overdone over a short period of time. This time though it gave me a great boost.

Meat of the coconut is also quite good and full of antioxidants and trace minerals. The saturated fat in coconut meat may also reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (good cholesterol). The fiber is mostly of the insoluble type and I can attest that it is very good for getting digestion moving.

The little yellowish/tan flecks on the white coconut meat are from the shell. If you are allergic to tree nuts, then you may also be allergic to coconut. Like tree nuts, coconut does contain tyramine. Tyramine may trigger migraines. I have noticed that I sometimes get migraines when I do not clean the shell from the meat as diligently as I should. I do not get migraine headaches, but only the visual aura. This means that I get trippy squiggly dancing rainbow colored lines in my visual field. This could be a problem if I had to drive, otherwise it goes away after a few minutes.

Bottom line is that coconuts are a deadly, but awesome part of living in the Philippines.

Even dogs love coconuts:

dog watching coconut being cut

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