This post is solely dedicated (and desiccated) to the wondrous coconut. We have recently been spending a lot of time getting to know each other and the more I discover, the more impressed I become by this omnipotent creation.
Feel free to read on while listening to this apt little earworm.
For a start, the coconut has so many sides to it’s persona. Is it a nut? A fruit? A seed? Well guess what folks, our friend is all of the above. It’s whatever you want it to be, it is all things to all people.
Every single bit of the coconut can be utilised so it has rightly so earned itself an impressive nickname as “Tree of Life” and can produce drink, fibre, food, fuel, utensils, musical instruments, and so much more.
But why do I love the coconut? Well you must know by now that I am on an elimination diet. No dairy, grain, sugar or nuts for a month over here. Now I have been using coconut oil as a tasteless fat to cook with for a while now. I’ve even done that ‘oil pulling’ mouth cleanse thing with it, and made a successful sensitive skin balm by mixing it with chamomile and argan oil.
But in the kitchen, the coconut really comes into it’s own. Let me begin my ode to the loyal drupe and it’s many uses:
A fat : Lube up your cooking with the friendly opaque stuff.
A faux grain : Mix up some textured sweet treats, using desiccated coconut for bulk, flavour and crunch.
A cream : Thick like double cream, whip it, lick it, mix it and utilise it’s potent puddingy powers.
A milk : Shove it in your smoothie for a delicate and thinner creamer, full of flavour.
A water : Billed by many as ‘the most refreshing drink’ and even endorsed by a very thirsty Rihanna.
A sugar : This one came as a gigantic surprise to me. But this raw, natural, unbleached nectar comes from the sap of the palm tree and can be used as a granulated friend in baking and sprinkling!
Never has there been a more willing creation, in playing substitute in this often frustrating sport of elimination. I thank you coconut, it seems I can turn to you with all my problems.
Here’s a Haiku in it’s honour:
White Fruit, Nut, Seed,
decorate and desiccate
Please submit your coconut haiku in the comments!