I wish I could state that I scampered up an elegant and tall tree for my milk.
But I didn’t. I left the task to those expert pickers and climbers.
Extracting the beautiful white flesh from the husk brought me back to my childhood days. There was always an agile youngster in the neighborhood who could make his way up those tall trees and retrieve those coconuts. Oh, he could move in a flash.
However, I didn’t have to place myself in such risky position. Thanks to my neighborhood store, I was able to fetch a beautiful specimen. I brought it home and used my hammer to smash the sturdy husk open. There was the gush of water that I collected and drank. It wasn’t sweet (I’ve had sweeter). I then used my knife to remove the white flesh. Bingo! I was happy.
I did a quick chop of these pieces so as make it easier on the blender while extracting milk.
Coconut pieces were added to blender along with water. These were blended to white finish. A strainer was used to separate the milk from the pulp (residual). I will use this extracted milk to incorporate in my dishes like:
- rice and beans
- polenta (turned cornmeal)
- curried chicken, fish or shrimp
Nature’s milk has been good to me.