How To Open A Young Thai Coconut

by Alexander Morentin on July 14, 2009

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Young Thai Coconuts are a delicious and nutritious addition to your diet.


Young coconuts are natures best electrolyte drink.
In fact, it has been said that the juice from a young thai coconut is the closest thing to human blood plasma in the plant kingdom.

The juice has been used in I.V.’s to aid in recovery from severe dehydration… it’s that good!

Here’s the kicker: The juice and the flesh from a young thai coconut is delicious. It can be eaten/drank straight from the coconut or you can use it in a variety of recipes from smoothies to salads to cookies… :-)

How Do You Open A Young Thai Coconut?

I’m glad you asked!
The hardest thing about eating a young thai coconut is getting it open.
This has always been a challenge for me.

I even took a class on how to open them and still had trouble…
… Until I found the following video!

In this video, Chef Steffy Sue of Rawk in the Kitchen demonstrates an easy “no hassle” way to open young thai coconuts.

Watch the video :-)

Doesn’t that look easy?
I tried this myself and opened my young thai coconut on the first try.
Very cool! :-)

Have you ever tried to open a young thai coconut?
Be sure to leave a comment. I’d love to hear what you have to say!

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth Fraser October 30, 2009 at 6:59 am

THANK YOU! I succeeded on my first try–me so happy! I was totally deterred from coconuts cuz I had such a hard time opening them. THANK YOU!

Alexander Morentin October 30, 2009 at 11:47 am

Right on Elizabeth.
Isn’t it cool? Glad you did it on the first try! :-)

Kim March 17, 2010 at 10:31 am

that was really helpful. Thanks

Bill Cusack April 24, 2010 at 8:17 am

Excellent tutorial. Many good points were stated.
The “How To” video Demonstration worked perfectly after I realized I started on the bottom and not the pointed top.
after using the knofe as shown, I used the cleaver at the 45 degree angle and it opened as the video shows.
Easy to walk on water when you know where the stones are.
Thanks Steffy Sue and Whole Foods

amar May 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Wow, i cannot believe I opened a coconut!! It took me a couple of good whacks with the knife, but I did it…my kids are so proud of me!

Kyle @ Abs Training December 5, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Awesome! I had never bothered even getting these before as they seemed like too much trouble but after seeing this I thought I would give it a whirl.
Thanks for this post!

Andrews weight January 1, 2011 at 8:02 am

Living in a tropical country, get to drink the coconut every other day. Drink it on the road side where you can get it cut by the seller. But you can be adventureous and drink it straight from the shell (without using a straw or glass) without messing up your clothes. I have perfected the art.

Alexander Morentin January 1, 2011 at 10:50 am

That’s awesome Andrew!
Sounds like a great place to live. :-)

Frank Lehane May 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

Where’d you get that spatula? I want one. Thanks! Great video.

Borris September 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm

OMG!! That looked unbelievably easy that I cant wait to buy a coconut to try this out!!! All this time I’ve spent using screwdrivers and cleavers whilst losing my drink! This was driving me coco-nutty!!!

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