7 Ways NOT to Open a Coconut

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Young coconuts are awesome. They are filled with the most refreshing, sweet-tasting water. The meat inside isn’t hard like the typical old coconut, but something that can be as soft as jelly. Usually it’s a bit harder, somewhat chewy but delicious and the perfect ingredient in many raw dessert recipes and smoothies.

In tropical countries, young coconuts are used for drinking, and the meat inside is also eaten as a snack.

Old coconuts, with a brown skin once shaved, are used to extract oil and also make coconut flakes.

As the coconut matures and ages, there’s less water inside of them, and the meat gets harder and richer in fat.

You can get young coconuts at Asian markets around the world. They are natural, green coconuts that have been shaved for shipping. The outside is white.

But the two big problems with young coconuts are:

1) Opening them
2) Getting the meat inside of them

You can open them in many ways. Here are a few ways that many people might eventually try:

1) Smashing it on the ground repeatedly.

You can extract the water of a young coconut by poking holes at the bottom. But getting inside for the delicious meat is more difficult.

The method I employed in my early raw foodist days was to smash the coconut repeatedly on the pavement. After a few enthusiastic attempts, it will generally crack open.

This method is messy and leaves a trail of coconut mess behind. And oftentimes, you have to clean the inside of the coconut for pavement debris that might have found their way in.

2) Opening it with a knife

I favored the knife method for years. If you use the right knife, you can cut around the coconut and open it from the top. However, this method is dangerous and not recommended.

In 2004, I injured my hand badly in a coconut-opening accident. The knife bounced on a resistant coconut and cut my left hand, in between the bottom of my thumb and my index finger.

The cut was so bad that I needed surgery to repair the damage. Since then, I have never tried opening a coconut with a knife again!

3) Using a machete

In tropical countries, the locals will open big green coconuts using a machete. They are very proficient with their instrument and some people can cut the coconut with great precision.

But again, for mere mortals, this method is too dangerous. A small wrong move and something bad can happen.

4) Putting it under the wheels of a truck.

I’ve never tried this, nor do I recommend it…

5) Firing a gun at it or using a chainsaw

In many frustrated attempts at opening a coconut, I have imagined more radical ways of opening the thing, including firing a gun at it or using a chainsaw.

“Take this, stupid coconut!” – Na nuh nuh nah nah nuh (Sound of starting a chainsaw!)

There’s got to be a better way.

6) Samurai swords are coming to mind, but are still not the answer yet.

7) Giving up and opening a can of coconut water.

Ok, this method is simple. Some companies make pretty good canned coconut water… but I want to get the meat!

A Better Way for Opening a Young Coconut

For years, I searched for the best way of opening young coconuts.

Finally, I’m glad somebody invented a simple and effective solution to this problem.

It’s called CocoJack.

Coco Jack is a unique tool that will safely open young coconuts in one try. Its design is really smart. And I love it! Does it work. Absolutely!

I tried it last month, and since then I have been opening many coconuts effortlessly.

It creates a “lid opening” of the coconut, so you can open one, drink some of it, and keep the rest in the fridge, closed in its own container, to enjoy later!

The Coco Jack company also invented a neat tool to get all the meat inside of young coconuts easily, in one scoop.

To find out more about it and get one, go here 


Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.


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  1. Irene says:

    So what’s the best way to open an OLD coconut….you know the brown ones you see in the stores?

  2. ken says:

    Coconut water is the latest venture of coke and pepsi. huge plantations in brazil are dedicated
    to coconut water output. the long term impact will be fewer mature coconuts for oil production and
    the pasteurization of a newly popularized, nutritious powerhouse drink. = enzyme death.
    The old nuts also have higher nutritional content
    AND you can use the meat for all kinds of eating pleasures.
    Bottom line, old nuts rock, young nuts should be left to mature.
    buy the brown nuts. they’re also easier to get the water out(corckscrew thru an eye hole)

  3. Malvin says:

    This was so funny! And you forgot the axe – it’s the only way how I can open old coconuts 🙂

  4. If you happen to own a wood splitter,easy breezy.I sopen at least 2 per day in about 30 seconds Craig A

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