Do u love coconut?

@vegegirl (828)
Australia
August 18, 2008 3:42am CST
I was so lucky yesterday at our local cultural fest there was special stand selling coconuts. They would cut the end off so you could walk around the fest drinking out of the coconut, then if you took it back to them they cut it in half for you so you could eat it - mmm... bliss. I went back there a couple of times. Did you know that coconut is meant to be one of the healthiest things for us and you can eat coconut in different stages of it's life - young coconut meat is soft and can be made into cream and added to smoothies while the older coconut is harder. They used to use cocounut juice in place of blood for transfusions in the war because it is a similar composition to plasma. Do you eat coconut when you get the chance, do you ever go on holidays somewhere that coconuts are more abundant?
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• Philippines
18 Aug 08
I love Coconut water. It really refreshes and it can give us more healthier. Fact it is suggested by the doctors for those who have urine disorders. The most I love Is the "Buko Salad" that what we call coconut salad here in the philippines. And Philippines have many coconut trees.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
18 Aug 08
That's interesting that the doctors suggest it for that. The buko salad sounds scrumptious. Do you buy whole coconuts, or can you buy the fresh meat and coconuts already put into containers for you?
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• Australia
19 Aug 08
In the Philippines, because we have an abundant supply of coconut, we do buy the real stuff, and not canned, frozen nor bottled. Coconut juice is far more better when you sip it straight from the shell. And the meat, for as long as its young, it is very nice to eat, whether on its own or as what hindichinese said, mix in various ways with other ingredients as a dessert treat. But when the meat becomes "old", that's when we grate it and use to whip up a delicacies...YUMMM!!!
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
19 Aug 08
Thanku pink_bunny - yes yumm. It is great you eat it freshed, not canned as canned has probably been heated and won't have all it's goodness in it.
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• Indonesia
18 Aug 08
hi vegegirl, you are so lucky yeah, coconut is one of my favorite food, especially the young. it is really really healthy and nutritious food. young coconut water is so energizing. you can even feel your energy level raising immediately after drinking the water. you will feel fresh and healthy. it is also believed that young coconut can be used for detox. i have ever done 40-day fasting with only consuming young coconut water in the first 10 days. (the second: young coconut water and meat; carrot, pineapple and orange juice. the third: same with the second, plus other fruit juices. the last: same with the third plus vegetable juice). i felt so light and energetic but my friends claimed that i looked so thin like skeleton and ask me to stop fasting . well, i stop it according the the schedule.
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
18 Aug 08
Wow, where did you get the coconuts from? They obviously had a great effect on you! It just shows how good they are.
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@Zelda414 (149)
• United States
19 Aug 08
wow, that sounds like a wonderful healthy way to detox thank you for sharing that, that is awesome.
@dagda24 (367)
18 Aug 08
Personally, I hate coconuts, but the stand you talk about at the festival sounds like it would be great for people that do like them. I even dislike the smell of them - it makes me feel sick - so when people where coconut perfume I tend to feel quite ill. I was really interesting to read that they use it in place of plasma during war situations. I think there are probably lots of plants and things that could be beneficial to us in many ways and that we have just not discovered it yet.
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
18 Aug 08
Its nice of you to see how the stand would be great for people that like coconut, even though you don't like it. Ohh that's a shame. It's also great that you are open to their goodness when they don't appeal to you. I don't like olives!
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@dagda24 (367)
18 Aug 08
I've only tried olives once, my dad gave me one from his pizza to try. . . I'm not really sure if I liked it or not - they have quite an unusual flavour, flowery almost. I don't like the smell of them when you have a stand seeling them all pickled in different things 0 very over powering.
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@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
19 Aug 08
Well here the coconut is considered as the tree of life and all the parts of it from the leaves up to the root never goes to waste. Yes it's true that coconut can be used as an IV drip too. Well here you use the leaves for roofing, the fruit for food, The trunk for lumber and the root for medicine. There are endless possibilities in coconut and maybe you should try researching too on virgin coconut oil.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
19 Aug 08
Thankyou magojordan, this is very useful and it is good that they don't waste the tree, I hope they re grow them if they cut them down. I actually have organic cold pressed coconut oil, in fact Anne Wigmore, the wheatgrass juice lady said that is the only type of oil we should use!
• Philippines
19 Aug 08
i so love it! especially the juice (more yummier if with milk LOL)and i love the shake/smooties. wow, i'm craving now ;)
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
19 Aug 08
Thanks lovely - yes you have probably started a lot of people craving now! :)
@Zelda414 (149)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Oh My I LOVE COCONUT!! every chance i get i buy a coconut either from the grocery store or especially on saturday n sunday i get one from the outdoor swap meet oh they are so delicious and healthy. i only like to eat the baby soft coconut but my husband likes to make rice out of the hard coconuts. coconut is a healthy quick cure for bladder, kidney or urinary tract infections too much better than cranberry juice. happy coconut drinking!!
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
19 Aug 08
Thanks Zelda You eat a lot of coconuts! That is good to know about all those cures, I will try it when i hear someone has one of thos conditions next! I love the baby soft coconut too.
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@nizhama2 (295)
• Malaysia
19 Aug 08
I like coconut. My country have coconut tree everywhere. If I want to eat young coconut, I just go to visit my parent's house, not far away from my house. Yesterday I visited my parent and my mom had make a coconut juice. My son like it very much. I saw in the movie about using coconut juice in place of blood. I think it just for the movie. I didn't know it was real...
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
19 Aug 08
Thankyou nizhama you are lucky having so many coconuts, you must be very healthy. It is good your son likes someting like that which is better for him than soft drinks! That sounds like an interesting movie you saw!
• India
19 Aug 08
Coconut is one of the purest and healthiest natural food available.I sometimes drink coconut water and also eat the fleshy part.But that is not so frequent.Kerala is a state in India where a lot of coconut trees grow.The people of Kerala use up each and every part of the coconut tree and use coconut oil in many preparations.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
19 Aug 08
If I am ever in India I will have to go to Keral for coconuts! It is great that you drink the coconut water.
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@CJay77 (4441)
• Australia
18 Aug 08
I like to drink coconut juice because it's so refreshing especially when it's cold and yes because it's good for our health! And I also like coconut milk when I cook chicken curry yummy.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
18 Aug 08
I'm glad you like to drink it to, I wonder whether you drink it from the shell, or a bottle?
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@singout (980)
• United States
20 Aug 08
I was born in Miami, Florida and spent 20 years of my life there. I remember as an 11 or 12 year old kid that I would a get a coconut that had fallen from a tree in our front yard. The first thing I did was shake it to listen for the milk. If it seemed to have plenty then it was probably ready open. Of course I had no tools to work with as a kid, so the only way I could do it was to bang it on the sidewalk on it's narrow end. After about 15 minutes or so it would begin to split on its sides. When the splits became wide enough to get my little fingers between, then I would pull the husks apart until the shell was exposed. From there you looked for the softest of the 3 eyes and puncher it with a nail or some other sharp object. From there is was simply enjoy the milk. When the milk was gone, it was time to throw it on the sidewalk for the real treat. Pardon me for reminiscing. I just couldn't resist the opportunity.
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
20 Aug 08
Thanku singout. I have a couple of coconuts here and I have been wondering about opening them. so maybe I can follow this advice - my fingers are fairly thin still!
@tidgea (355)
• Philippines
24 Aug 08
You can use a butchers knife or a big machete to cut the top part of the coconut... And when you have already poured or drank the juice, you can cut it open into half,vertically. In that way you can have a clean cut and nothing goes to waste. Happy eating!
• China
20 Aug 08
Well,i love coconut.The coconut is abundant in Hainan,a proeince of china.Numberous coconut trees lie on the road side,park,etc of Hainan.I like drinking coconut juice in my daily life.I think a bottle of cocount will stimlate my appetite~
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
20 Aug 08
Thanks Lovecoffin- I hope you drink it out of the shell sometimes instead of buying it processed in a bottle - unless it is bottled fresh! Fresh unprocessed coconut is much healthier than the coconut when they may have put heat and sugar with it. You are so lucky that you have so many coconuts there, I hope you collect some, cut the top off, put a straw in and drink that juice, then chop the coconut in half and use the flesh in food, or just eat it. Do this for a few days and you will be full of energy!
@glay22 (512)
• Philippines
19 Aug 08
yes i love coconut.. in fact, there is one preparation of it which i love the most.. get the coconut meat and juice.. mix it with a bit of condensed milk and place some ice cubes.. it is very refreshing.. try it!! it's healthy too
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
19 Aug 08
Thankyou glay - it sounds nice. I might try it without the condensed milk though as that has a lot of sugar in it, and I would prefer to just mix the natural meat and juice in a smoothy = but it all sounds lovely!
@reckon21 (3487)
• Philippines
19 Aug 08
coconut - Coconut tree
[i]The Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera) is a member of the Family Arecaceae (palm family). It is the only species in the genus Cocos, and is a large palm, growing to 30 m tall, with pinnate leaves 4-6 m long, pinnae 60-90 cm long; old leaves break away cleanly leaving the trunk smooth. The term coconut refers to the fruit of the coconut palm. An alternate spelling is cocoanut. The coconut palm is grown throughout the tropical world, for decoration as well as for its many culinary and non-culinary uses; virtually every part of the coconut palm has some human uses.[/i]
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
19 Aug 08
Thanks reckon no wonder it is so good, every part of it is useful!
@ashar123 (2359)
• India
19 Aug 08
I love eating cococut ice cream and also drinking the coconut water by dipping a straw into it. Here in Pakistan, the coconut is also used to make sweets which may you may not understand because its name is not in english. The recipe is really simple of adding it up along with milk and then freezing it in the end. When it is prepared, the taste is so unique and good. Its called "Barfi". People from India also know what is Barfi.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
19 Aug 08
Thanks Ashar Coconut ice cream sounds delicious. I think I may have heard of barfi, it sounds delightful, I would probably like it without the milk!
@MaasK1 (133)
• France
19 Aug 08
I really like coconuts and its water and yes it is one of the healthiest fruits ever. I like the gree ones better and in some tropical countries they use it for all.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
19 Aug 08
thankyou MaasK1 I like green ones too and I like the water and the flesh!
@youless (92252)
• Guangzhou, China
19 Aug 08
I like coconut drink. As to coconut flesh, I think it's hard for me. I love China
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
19 Aug 08
Hi Youless, thanks for this. Yes the drink and China are lovely. I wonder if you have tried the both the hard and the soft type of flesh?
@maddysmommy (16236)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Love coconuts, most Islanders drink the juice and eat the inside too. I lived in Samoa for six years and it was part of our main source of food/drink - coconut trees everywhere, even in Rarotonga.
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@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
19 Aug 08
Thankyou maddysmommy, that sounds very idyllic, mainly living on coconuts! You are very lucky and, I presume, healthy!
@quawertz (781)
• Philippines
20 Aug 08
Oh I love coconuts. It's a good thing our country is full of it. I can buy it anywhere. I love the juice and meat of it. I like ordering the coconut shake a lot. Coconut is so delicious and it is so healthy. It can also be a diuretic. I think the coconut is the only fruit wherein you can use every part of the fruit and the tree into something useful.
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
20 Aug 08
Thanks quawertz The coconut shake also sounds delicious - when I visited Thailand they made smoothies from coconut - mmmm!
@surekharathi (14134)
• India
24 Apr 13
I like coconut and coconut water also. I not like dry coconut and not like coconut tree because if coconut will fall on my head then break my head. It happens one time.
• India
24 Aug 08
yes i love it very much, actually I belong to such place of India where coconut is in plenty. Next to kerala ,I think we use the coconut most of the time in our food and as oil massage also.I love coconut water and it's juices.. couple of times in my childhood days my mummy prepared some sweet juice out of it to eat with a perticular type of bread we used here in India(orissa).