How This Fruit Can Spark Joy

Let me show you how coconuts can make the ordinary extraordinary.

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Our “tree of life” stands tall.
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Field of dreams: A coconut plantation in Siargao, Philippines

Coconut water

  • Order a fresh coconut at a local restaurant or a sidewalk vendor. This costs around $0.50 here (but around $4 at Whole Foods — wow)
  • Drink the fresh coconut juice slowly, OR
  • Transfer the juice to your water bottle then chill (It is a drink best served cold), OR
  • Buy VitaCoco from the supermarket
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Coconut (or buko) juice through a bamboo straw

Coconut meat

The coconut meat is the white edible fruit that lines the shell. You can scrape that off to eat.

  • Slice the meat and add to a chicken dish like Chicken Binakol
  • Toast the grated coconut meat and turn them into sweetened coconut flakes you can use to garnish cakes or ice cream
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Gising-gising — a coconut-based dish with green beans and pork

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