How to Drink from a Coconut

The pros in Food Network Kitchens gave Food Network Magazine tips on coconuts.
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Photo By: Kang Kim ©Copyright Kang Kim 2012

Photo By: Kang Kim ©Copyright Kang Kim 2012

Photo By: Kang Kim ©Copyright Kang Kim 2012

Photo By: Kang Kim ©Copyright Kang Kim 2012

Start with a young coconut (not a standard brown one). They're usually sold peeled and wrapped in plastic. Using force, slice off the pointed tip.

Stand the coconut cut side up and cut a square into the tough flesh on top; pry out the square with the tip of the knife to access the water inside.

A young coconut contains about 1 1/2 to 2 cups water, which tastes slightly sweet and floral. To drink it, insert a straw right into the hole.

Alternatively, invert a glass over the opening, then flip the glass and coconut together to drain the water into the glass.