Morrisons supermarket coconuts
I found my first supermarket coconuts in the UK today. It was in Morrisons. It was a mature brown coconut in its husk. A basket of coconuts was surreptitiously placed at the end of a vegetable rack – easy to miss if you weren’t looking for coconuts. It didn’t look like supermarket coconuts were flying off the shelves, unlike the bananas.
All the coconuts in basket cost 70p (about $1.10). They had a label on declaring they were ‘class 1’ coconuts from the Ivory Coast. I rushed home with my find and rummaged around in the garage for something to use to open a coconut. I soon found a hammer and a long screw driver. I banged two holes in the top where there are 3 black indents. These are the indents that caused the first Portuguese to see coconuts in India to name the drupe ‘cocos’ meaning ‘grinning face’.
Opening a mature coconut
I got half a glass of cloudy coconut water from the coconut. The water had a rich and very ‘coconut’ taste.
I then wrapped up the coconut in a tea towel and gave a few hearty smacks of the hammer to the supermarket coconut package. This broke the coconut up into manageable chunks and allowed me to remove the outer husk. Eating coconut with the inner skin on is fine. I tried some and even my 15 month year old baby girl had some.
We wanted to use the coconut meat in a fish curry that night so I had to remove the inner skin. This puzzled me for a moment before I hit on the idea to use a potato peeler. This did the trick just fine despite me being left handed.
The grated coconut in with the Thai fish curry tasted good. It’s always great to use fresh ingredients whenever possible; however, I think for curries canned coconut milk is better. Perhaps if I had made my own coconut milk the coconut dish would have been perfect.
From a quick search on the internet I see people in the UK are interested in buying fresh coconuts. I notice that they are also sold (mature coconuts) in Asda, also for 70p.
Other supermarket coconuts
I couldn’t find mention of the other supermarket coconuts on the net. I will further research the supermarket coconuts in the UK by visiting Tesco, Sainsbury etc. What I did find was the fact that the coconuts are frozen for transport which means the embryo is killed. This does not affect the goodness of the coconut, but it means that you cannot plant the coconut in order to grow a coconut palm. From one forum thread I read it seems that I few ingenious souls in the UK are trying to grow coconuts. Since coconuts die in the frost this is not an easy task.