Fresh coconut water with lime — Yum! The hardest part about this recipe is opening the coconut. Here are 4 easy ways and tips on how to open a green coconut for coconut water.
4 ways to open a green coconut
1. Use a coconut opener
If the coconut is young enough you can use a coconut opener tool to open green coconuts. There are a few different types. The best one I’ve found is the kind featured in this picture which I found on Amazon. Here is the link if you want the whole description. Stainless Steel Coconut Opener by FLORIDA COCONUTS. Although this one is pricy, $20 on Amazon, it is really the strongest, I’ve come across. It makes a large hole and there is a lot of leverage with the handle.
There are other tools on the market, like the “tap punch” kind that go for half the price but they are basically useless. This also another mallet type of coconut opener tool, with a trademark version called the Coco Jack on the market that I have not tried, but is gaining popularity and getting good reviews. This one has a price of $20 – 35.
Using a stainless steel opener:
Use the pointed edge to remove the remaining part of the coconut flower from the “tree” side of the coconut (the side that was connected to the tree). This is the side that has 3 pores (little holes like a bowling ball). Then drive the opener into the middle, where you will hit one of those pores.
Treat it like a screwdriver, or a drill and scrape the sides until the hole is large enough for the water to flow freely. Then invert over a pot or bowl. If you are finding it hard to get to the water with this tool, or it is sort of stuck, you can turn the coconut over and bang it on a hard surface (floor, cutting board) etc. If it still won’t open, you may have to use a sharp knife or machete to cut the opposite side as described in #3.
2. Crack the coconut on a hard surface
To crack open green coconuts without a tool you need a hard surface, concrete ideally, or a large flat rock. It’s important to be safe when doing this. Throw with a lot of force and lift your hands away as it hits the ground. Try hitting on several sides. You will lose some of the coconut water, but it’s still worth if you have no other tools.
3. Cut the “lobe” end with a machete.
This is the side that is closest to the seed inside. Carefully, with a sharp and strong knife or machete, make firm cuts at each lobe. This will take several cuts but the results are rewarding.
4. Use a pick axe
A pick axe can be used to remove the exocarp, the coconut coir from the seed. Firmly, place the flat edge of the pick axe in the ground. Then use the sharp side to tear off the exocarp. This will take a little more time but the nut will be easier to use for
meat. After the husk/coir is removed, punch a coconut opener or tool into one of the pores to get the water. To open
completely, crack on hard surface.