Drink Fresh Juice Straight From a Coconut

We were in Grand Cayman patiently waiting in line for our Swimming with Stingray, Hell & Turtle Farm excursion to begin when “The Coconut Man” wheeled in his shopping cart and plastic garbage can filled with coconuts. He was selling fresh coconut juice. I had definitely partook in consuming coconut milk when dabbling in Thai curries and had assumed this flavor would be the same. You know what they say about assuming.
Annette White drinking fresh coconut juicefresh coconutsmaking fresh coconut juiceI ordered one coconut juice for $3 from the cordial, sun-weathered man. He proceeded to grab his machete and hack at the top of the fruit until a two-inch hole was exposed. He peered into the first one and immediately threw it away.

Should I have asked what the heck was in there?

He poked a straw into the nut of his next attempt and handed it to me. Puckering up I had expected a creamy liquid, but was surprised by the coconut juice being the consistency of water, yet flavorful and lightly sweet. Throw it on ice and this could be my new addiction.

Coconuts, a garbage can, a shopping cart, a machete and some plastic straws…hmmm.

The wheels in the brain go round and round. I spent hours thinking about creating a business plan for selling coconuts in the Caribbean, tempted by the short hours, high profit margin and plentiful tourists. But, remembering my naturally clumsy nature, the machete halted my future business venture. I like my fingers.

2018-12-18T23:43:47+00:00April 27th, 2011|Categories: Caribbean, Cayman Islands, FOOD, TRAVEL|Tags: , , , |


  1. 101 Things Before You Die April 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    The only thing I can think about is Tom Hanks in Cast Away talking about coconut milk being a natural laxative!

  2. Miranda April 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    In Hong Kong they sell coconuts and then stab it with a straw and you can walk the night markets having fresh coconut milk. I haven't been able to get it since, I think that means i need to go to Grand Cayman.

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