Had a report from my raw guru friend that “Best” coconuts found in Asian Food stores are the only brand of young coconut that is not irradiated for the U.S. market.
We took an ax, set the coconut on a newspaper on the garage floor and voila, painless delicious sweet milk from the young coconut and its gelatinous “meat” scooped out with a spoon.
A hatchet, an axe, a meat cleaver, a machete will all do the trick with four chops to the top of the cone making a square around it. It can sound like a really bizarre way to get a treat, yet how delicious and exotic it is! Fun, even simple once you are used to it and extremely healthy.
When you find the young coconut in the store it is all white (not a hairy brown thing), young coconuts look like the ones in the picture below. “Old” coconuts are hairy and brown, the milk is sour and the “meat” dry and sometimes rotten, that is a very different beast and I really don’t care for them.