Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Curiosity cut off ...

The coconuts are getting larger on the tree in our side yard. I wonder if the green ones taste any more coconut-y than the dark ones do. It doesn't sound logical to speculate whether a coconut tastes like itself. But, an unripe mango is not tasty in a good way. An unripe persimmon doesn't bear thinking about.

If I had a machete. No, let me rephrase that: if I thought I would not hit my thumb using a machete on the end of a green coconut, I might try to see.

Guess I'll just wait for ripeness to occur and wield the screwdriver with hammer to open 'em ...

5 comments:

Zeta said...

Patients are difficult during the waiting time of possible fruit enjoyment. The Kent Mango Tree has suffered a set back. Just two days late with the fertilizer has allowed to tree leaves to turn brown. Now the leaves are falling off little by little. Please leave the machete in your imagination. When Jaime, Liz, and I used to climb the back fence to enjoy our neighbor’s coconuts, we discovered the green ones were tough to eat.

ol Doc said...

T. said the same thing, you don't want to try the green ones. As a lad, he used to take the brown ones out to the street and hurl them, pointed end first, to the asphalt. That would start the split in the husk. He also opined that it has been a while since he's had a coconut and they sure did used to taste good.

RANGER said...

The ones you open yourself seem to have an extra layer of goodness. Or else the opener works up some appetite doing it.

I use a screw driver and a hammer to start them. That way, I can drink the juice. Or we can if there is enough to share.

Dad used to throw them down point end first, too, which works. On "Survivor" last season, they drove stakes into the ground, sharpened end up and impaled the nuts on them to start them. It looked so dangerous, doing it that way.

ol Doc said...

Probably it is dangerous to open coconuts on sharpened stakes driven into the ground - pointy end up... which just adds to the dumbing-down of American youth today....'cause then you have the option of cutting scenes involving gore and injury before airtime and said youth think this is the way one always opens coconuts. Then again, there's probably not too much asphalt in the Back of Beyond - they need to improvise something. I guess a flat rock never occured....

RANGER said...

I think they were shown the "stake" idea by the natives of Micronesia, where they were. 'Course the natives had been doing the sharp pointed stake maneuver since they were wee little ones.

I used to cringe watching the clumsy, civilized, contestants and thinking that to lose one's footing would be like finishing off a vampire: wooden stake through the "whatever."