In India there are these carts in which coconuts are stacked. Usually around these stands are people sucking the coconut juice out of the coconut with a straw. It looks very tasty and interesting. Today we decided to find out what exactly a coconut drink was like.
We went up to the stand and asked for one (Rs15), the guy at the stand picks one up, spins the coconut around so that it is positioned perfectly in his hand and then with a curved knife, he swiftly chops off the top of the coconut.
With great skill, he opens the coconut with a machete[/caption]
He does it very quickly (I was only able to get one photo of him doing it). Then you put a straw in it and start drinking.
You would think it would taste delicious, and exotic. But you will be surprised that it tastes like salty water. It wasn’t that tasty, and I’m not sure why they are so popular here. Maybe they are really good at replenishing your electrolytes (palm trees are very tolerant of salt water maybe because they store it in their fruit). Maybe if we tried a different type of coconut we will have better luck.
When you are in a different country you have to try new things and we did. Sometimes you find real gems (like fish tacos) other times you find things like this.
Although I wasn’t a huge fan when I first drank this stuff, it is actually pretty good after you have done something physical activity. Kind of like a natural Gatorade, I cam to love this stuff after the yoga practice, a perfect way to cool down in the 30 degree weather. Another note, it is pretty good for hangovers as well.