Raw Food Tips: How to Open a Drinking Coconut

by Crystal on February 23, 2010

A drinking coconut, also called a young coconut or thai coconut, is one of the staples of many raw smoothies – and pretty good to drink on its own.  I get comments every time I take one to the checkout, though, and everyone keeps asking me how to open them.  There’s not a lot out there on how to open a drinking coconut, though, so I thought I’d put together a quick guide.  If you buy a good beginner raw uncookbook, you may find a few different ways to open these – this is the one I found easiest.

What a drinking coconut looks like: Step 1: cut away the husk
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Step 2: Expose The Shell in a circle Step 3: Pierce the Shell (Tip: stand it in a bowl to catch the liquid)
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Step 4: Twist the Knife. The shell will naturally crack open in a circle. The shell’s much thinner than a mature coconut
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Step 5: Pull the ‘lid’ open Step 6: Ready to drink
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See how soft the flesh is?  Like Jelly, and tastes nothing like desiccated coconut.
IMG_1469RS You can eat the coconut flesh straight, or blend it with the coconut water to make your own fresh coconut milk.

Happy drinking!

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spatch September 6, 2012 at 7:32 pm



Jas May 26, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Thanks! This worked perfectly, there’s a tonne of videos on youtube but none of them looked “safe”. I did have to cut about a quarter around the exposed circle but I did have a smaller knife – then when I twisted it opened without a hitch!


Crystal May 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Glad to hear I was able to help.
BTW if you’re mostly looking to just drink the coconut water (tastes way better than the stuff off the shelf) there’s a nifty little gadget I recently discovered called a ‘coco-tap’ that just does a nice, straw sized hole. It and a hammer are all you need, although it’s handy already knowing where the weak spot in the shell is from this technique. Then, if you want the coconut for noodles or whatever, there’s nothing left inside to create a mess or spill.
I’m not sure where you’re from, but a google search should find you someone who’ll ship it to you.


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