How to Remove the Husk From a Coconut

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Coconuts come from the common tropical palm tree, Cocos nucifera. The coconut is not a fruit but a nut and it is the largest nut in the world. It grows in the tropics and is popular with people worldwide. The coconut's famous husk is tough to crack, but with a few simple tools, a little patience and perseverance, you can remove the husk to reveal and enjoy the sweet coconut meat and juice inside.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Machete or vegetable cleaver
  • Spoon
  • Cup
  • Coconut removal tool (optional)
  • Oven (optional)

Instructions

  • Pierce the coconut to remove the liquid inside. The easiest way to do this is through one of the coconuts eyes. The eyes are small indentures in the husk that are thinner than the rest of the husk. There are typically three eyes and they are clustered together on one end of the coconut. Choose one eye and carefully pierce it with your knife. You many need to use some force to get through the tough husk so be careful to avoid cutting your hand.

  • Pour the liquid into a glass and set aside or drink immediately for a refreshing break after all your hard work thus far.

  • Choose how you want your coconut meat, raw or uncooked. If you want to eat it cooked, place your coconut in a preheated, 350-degree Fahrenheit oven. Cook for 15 minutes. Cooking will pull the meat from the husk, making it fairly simple to remove from the husk.

  • Crack your coconut in half. You will need to use a knife, either a machete or vegetable cleaver. Stabilize your coconut on a wooden chopping block or other surface of your choice. With a strong motion, hit the coconut in the center to crack it in half. You may need to try more than once. Use a steady hand and use caution to avoid injury to yourself or observers.

  • Remove the meat from the husk. If you cooked your coconut, this should be fairly easy. If not, you may find the coconut meat stubbornly adhered to the husk. Use your knife to cut out small sections and then use the spoon to pry it out. Alternatively, you can use a coconut removal tool. Whichever you use, use extreme caution and work slowly.

Tips & Warnings

  • To crack the coconut, you can also cover it with a clean dish towel and whack it with the backside of your knife so that it shatters. Your coconut will be in pieces but it may be easier to get the meat off the husk this way.
  • Use caution when using a knife to crack a coconut. Watch where you place your fingers and go slowly to avoid accidents.

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