Coconuts, The Tree Of Life
Cocout trees renowned to be the ‘Trees Of Life’ are abundant on Friday’s island and coconut plays a big role in her daily food and drink.
From these majestic trees she harvests the nuts at various stages of their growth.
The young green nuts, like the bunch in the pic above, are more round in shape and called boko.
At this age (approx. 5 months old) the water inside, also called buko juice is fresh and not so sweet. Buko juice (coconut water) nourishes the kidneys and is alkaline forming for the body. Friday will drink 2 or 3 of these each day.
The flesh from a boko nut (often called meat) is soft and gluetenous and most treasured by the local people.
Boko meat is great to mix with fruits or veggie salads and this is how Friday eats it added to her main meals. It is easy to digest have less oil content in the younger meat too.
Many of Fridays foreign vsitors often prefer the older harder coconut flesh (again called meat) as this is what they are familiar with.
Each day Friday makes 4-5 ounces of virgin coconut oil for her daly needs. First she must grate the meat of 2-3 old coconuts, then squeeze the cream from this meat.
Left in her tiny 12 volt cooler (fridge) this cream hardens making it easy to separate to hardened butter-like cream on the top with the watery liquid below.
This cream is then left in the sun for 2-4 days to seaparate futher into oil, curds and whey below that. The virgin oil is used predominantly for Fridays sauerkraut, dressings, dips and fruit leathers. Friday also makes her own coconut cheese from fermenting the cooconut cream for a few days.
Aside from the meat of the nuts of the coconut, another favorite of Fridays is coconut ubud great for snacks and in her ubud salads.
Often known as Millionaire’s salad, ubud is a fresh and highly prized part of a coconut tree as one has to kill the tree to get it. Ubud is the beginning of a new frond in the crown of a tree and each year Friday plant out ofver 200 old sprouting coconuts so that 5-8 years lster she can harvent them for their ubud.
A coconut tree flowers year round and an effervescent drink is made from these flowers is called ‘Tuba’. When fresh it can taste a bit like a sparklng champagne. The following day this tuba turns into coconut vinegar.
A coconut tree is not just for eating either, their lumber can be used for building, their trunks can be used for tree-hugging .
Friday finds coconut frond a practical alternative to beach towels whenever she goes on a short kayak trip, a walk in the sun or even just a lie down on her beach.
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