Forget Overpriced Packaged Coconut Water, Drink Straight from the Coconut

April 27, 2016 at 12:46 am

It’s cheaper, healthier, more sustainable and easy


11666-National-Blvd-300x225Strolling through the cold beverage section in Whole Foods today, my eyes landed on the coconut water. Loaded with potassium, magnesium, calcium and other minerals most Americans are lacking, it’s more hydrating and balancing than plain water and has become a new favorite of mine.

I couldn’t decide between the large 365 brand bottle for $3, or the much smaller Harmless Harvest brand bottle for $5. Harmless Harvest obviously was the higher quality product, as it is “raw” (never heated) and organic. Whole Foods 365 brand, along with the rest are flash pasteurized which kills the enzymes and destroys some of the nutrients. But I wasn’t sure if I wanted to spend $4 on a tiny plastic bottle of electrolyte water.


Suddenly, I had a flash of genius – why not just buy the whole coconut? The answer seems so obvious now, I’m embarrassed I hadn’t thought of it before. I rolled over to the fresh produce section and sure enough, it was a much better deal – $2.50 for the WHOLE coconut – water, flesh and all.

jarawa43_screenMy only concern was the same concern that probably keeps most people opting for highly-processed versions of the super-beverage in plastic bottles and aluminum cans – how the heck do I get it open?

It can’t be that hard, I thought, people with far fewer tools than I have, have been eating and drinking from coconuts for probably hundreds of thousands of years, at least.

When I got home I grabbed a corkscrew and finally found a soft spot in one of the three indentations. I pushed threw it with little effort and stuck a straw in. Delicious! After a few sips, I poured the rest into a 16-ounce glass. So I got the same volume of truly raw coconut water for half the price I would’ve paid for Harmless Harvest’s high-pressure processed product, and I still have all that coconut meat as a bonus!

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And it shouldn’t be hard to get the meat:

So there you have it – there’s really no good reason to ever pay a middleman for packaged, processed coconut water again! As long as there are whole coconuts for sale just a few aisles away, why would anyone pay more for a lower quality product? Poking a hole in a coconut takes no more time than finding a recycling bin for your plastic bottle or can. Let’s all stop being lazy and opt for the beverage that’s better for our health and the planet!