Marshallese coconut water is really refreshing. Coconuts grow all over the Marshall Islands and fresh coconut water is delicious and extremely nutritious. Wherever there are coconuts, every single part of it is used. Coconut water is best when enjoyed straight from a young picked coconut. It is sweet with a slight nutty flavor. The water is in the middle of the coconut nut inside the husk. Coconut milk and cream comes from the meat of the coconut itself. I am not going to lie, getting to the water if you are not trained or have a machete, is kind of hard. I ended up using a drill to access the water. My husband and I really enjoyed it by simply sticking in a couple straws in the small access holes. Coconut water is rich in potassium, low in fat, and incredibly hydrating. A good thing when fresh water is in limited supply. It is believed that coconut water was used as an IV for wounded military during the war when supplies were not available.
- 1 fresh young coconut in the husk (1 serves two people)
- Using a machete whack off the top of the coconut to access the nut.
- I used a drill to make small holes in the eyes of the nut.
- Insert straw and enjoy!
- Of course after you enjoy the water access the meat by whatever means necessary, I used a pick and a hammer. You can grate the coconut for the chukuchuk recipe or simply eat the meat.