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How to Open A Coconut: How to Survive on a Deserted Island in Chagos – Patrick Childress Sailing #17

How to Open A Coconut: How to Survive on a Deserted Island in Chagos – Patrick Childress Sailing #17


there’s Brick House and our friends on a
catamaran we’re in Chagos gets a high tide right
now and the tide is going out it won’t be long before there’s a very wide white
sandy beach here beautiful area Rebecca and I were in Papeete Tahiti on a tour
and the tour guide stopped at an overlook of Venus Point and down below
he pointed to a small island with two coconut palms on it and he said look at
that Island a European man with his wife would starve to death within a week a
Polynesian man with three wives can live their happily ever after because the
Polynesian man knows what to do with those coconut palms and a coconut palm
is life everything about a coconut palm is useful everything about a coconut palm is
useful of course you can use the palm fronds for it thatch roof so you’re
making clothing out of it you can make a sail for a sailing canoe the logs can be
laid across a stream for a bridge there is a company in Fiji that actually mills
those logs into lumber and make furniture out of it it’s a very nice
tight grain wood looking something in coloration like mahogany but most of us
just think about coconut palms because we drink the water from the green
coconuts and I think green coconuts are more popular for water because there’s
just so many of them hanging in the trees it is very easy to open what the
machete is the damp fibrous material of the green coconut is easy to cut into
and drink from where the older the older brown yellow and brown coconuts the
material is very hard and machete just bounces right off as a green coconut
once you drink the water inside the coconut meat has not been well formed so
it’s soft like a pudding so you can scrape that out and eat that I know
natives on one coral atoll will though there will eat 2 or 3 green coconuts
drink the water and eat the soft meat inside for breakfast and two or three
coconuts will get them through until lunch I much prefer the water from a
yellow coconut anything too green just paste two ingredients so I like the
yellow coconut no water in any of these nuts tastes like coconut it’s kind of a
neutral flavor it doesn’t taste good it doesn’t taste bad I certainly wouldn’t
pay for it and it’s too but the della coconut is just a little
smoother consistency and flavor for water the brown coconut water it can get
to be a little thicker and oilier especially older brown coconut so
they’re all drinkable all the meat inside is all edible at the different
stages there’s one more stage at coconut though and that’s if you can pick up a
coconut with the sprout on it and a little some roots just coming out the
bottom okay so even this guy likes coconut there you go to open it up inside is a white fibrous
material called puto at least in one island nation that is their language for
it ut-oh ito and you can scrape out that
white fibrous material and eat it it is very sweet it really tastes like sugar
cane juice I can only eat so much each other but if you scrape further get all
that Lucho out the there’s still white coconut meat inside that can be created
Natives after grading their coconut they’ll take the fiber sorry guys
they’ll take the fiber put their grated coconut in this coconut husk fiber and
twist it to get the coconut cream which they use for cooking of course nowadays
would put that in a pina colada but you can also use cheesecloth cotton cloth
any kind of a strong cloth to twist your grated coconut and get that coat and
clean up it’s really nice to put it in rice or any of your fresh fish you catch
out here on the reef coconut goes with everything and everybody loves coconut
pigs chickens I have even seen an island dog and cat fan and tussle over that
open the coconut everybody let’s go get even these guys
this is a coconut crab a young coconut crabs they live like the hermit crabs
the hermit crab around oh here we go this hermit crab is much smaller they’re
relatives but he won’t get too big this guy I’ll show you later on when we do a
little section on the coconut crabs how big they get but he will live in a shell
until we just can’t find shells big enough for the dwarf and then he’s on
his own in the open if you pick up a brown coconut off the
ground shake it as long as you can hear water on the inside you’re good to go
no water throw it back on the ground traditionally natives on the atolls
would use a point at hard wood stick set securely in the ground to open brown
coconuts modern technology gave them pointed hunks of Steel to do the same
work but US cruisers we don’t have such modern technology so we have to use an x10 to perforate it on two sides just to
make it easier to pry open the husk a machete to help work on these hard
dried coconut of course you cry I don’t want to pry it
this way when you the nut is a leverage point there’s all these little guys they
smell coconut do you know the one oh they’re going to be well fed today I’ll
take care of them hello go finish washing they’re gonna weave some baskets yeah they’ve got dead the two eyes are extremely hard even if
you took an electric drill with a bit and try to drill in there it would be
very difficult like drilling into steel the mouth is very soft that’s where the
green sprout comes out and you can take a point a knife and just dig into the
mouth and dig out the meat and then drain the liquid out before you split
the coconut in half and then there’s lines going down the sides so what I’m
going to do is take the axe and hit it broadside right down the center of these
lines right between the eyes and sometimes it just breaks in half we’ll
see how well it works perfect
we’ve got nice clear water in sight at the market if you buy an RD husk coconut
and have the option it’s best to buy one with the fibers covering the eyes and
the mouth of the coconut this helps to keep air from getting inside through the
eyes in the mouth and spoiling the inside of the coconut generally a husk
coconut will last oh maybe four days in the tropics before it starts to spoil well I hope this video was helpful and
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6 thoughts on “How to Open A Coconut: How to Survive on a Deserted Island in Chagos – Patrick Childress Sailing #17”

  1. Some coconut tips:
    The best coconuts are the young green ones, some call them "tender coconut". the water is very sweet as well very high in electrolytes.
    when cracking open a hard brown coconut, hit it on the line on top of the "mouth". You will get an even split almost every time.

  2. Great tips! I spent a whole afternoon opening one i Costa Rica, and the water ended up all over the beach. Oh well, had to settle for a beer instead 🙂

  3. CooCoo for coconuts! Great facts on coconuts Patrick! Shake that coconut Rebecca! Great tutorial on how to dehusk a coconut Patrick and show the harvesting of the meat. The prelude to you chopping open the coconut reminded me of the old SNL Mr. Bill / Slugo skit….Oh Noooo Patrick not the axe!!!! Now I am dating myself a bit lol. Fair winds Patrick and Rebecca

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