Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A cool tool for opening coconuts

A few months ago, I saw one of these simple and efficient little gadgets used to open coconuts, and knew I needed one. I have four highly productive coconut palms, but we don't benefit from their fruit because it's such a hassle opening them up. (We once resorted to an electric drill, which, while successful, made a mess of the bit. And no way am I employing the traditional machete method).

These are made in Brazil and were being sold on eBay for $25. The business end is pushed into the coconut (where it attached to the stem), twisted and pulled out.

I asked for one for Christmas and it just arrived (better late than never), but I have yet to actually try it; I can't reach any of the ripe coconuts and none have fallen in the last couple of days. Stay tuned ...


debsgarden said...

Does this actually crack the coconut open or just poke a hole in it? I love fresh coconut, but it is hard to get into!

Penny McCrea said...

Deb: It pokes a hole in it so you can pour the water out. Trouble is, I am finding, that the husk is so thick, I can't get to the nut. Back to square one!

Susan said...

I'll be interested to see how it works.

MrBrownThumb said...


That thing looks like something you craft in prison. :0)

btw, over on the GardenBloggers blog I replied to your question about how to participate in the grow project.

Love the redesign of the blog.

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Penny McCrea said...

@MBT: Ha! I'm sure you're right. (I only know because of the first or second season of The Wire!) Also, where exactly did I post the question? I can't find it.

@ebay. Post away, as long as it's constructive. :)

MrBrownThumb said...


It was about the GROW project and how to participate.


I relied in the comments. Hope you are still interested. I'm about to close applications within the next day or so.