Friday, April 2, 2010
Young Baby Coconuts
I was in my local Asian Supermarket, and shopping for a regular, brown, round coconut, when I spotted a young baby coconut. I thought to myself, Wow! For fifty cents more, they have already taken the outer shell off and I can just get to scooping out the coconut meat. This is great! Less work!
That just goes to show you what I know about young coconuts. Nothing. This was going to be my first experience with a young baby coconut. I got it home and started grating away. What? What is this? It was fibery and gross, as I shredded away. I certainly couldn't use this in my cookies and granola bars. I decided to cut through the hairy husk and quickly hit upon a very hard core.
Exasperated, I thought, "Oh, come on! I just want some coconut meat!" I realized that I was totally clueless and ran to the internet to look up this mysterious, young baby coconut. I happened upon this website, http://www.living-foods.com/articles/youngcoconuts.html. It talked about how there is less meat in a young coconut as compared to a mature one. Bummer! I was actually looking for quantity. So, if I wanted the same amount of coconut meat as a mature one, I would need to buy at least two young coconuts. It was also very descriptive about how to cut it open. Hallelujah! The down side was, what I thought was going to be less work, was really the same amount.
I finally got my coconut open (lots of hammering) and scooped out the soft flesh. It tasted great! I saved the coconut water, and cooked with it. It gave wonderful flavor to my oatmeal! (We like to cook with coconut milk when we prepare our oatmeal.) I would definitely buy it again. I chopped up the flesh, because it was so soft that I couldn't easily grate it. I am going to use it in my granola bars. I can hardly wait!