Montana Public Radio

Cracking The Coconut

Nov 30, 2014

Halved, ripe coconut. (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Chandrika Nair

Greg and Jon are coconut appreciators. They discuss shredded coconut in candy, cookies, cakes and pies; coconut milk, which in baking can substitute for cow's milk; coconut water (in young coconuts); and coconut oil, with its high smoke point.  Coconut oil, once thought a culprit in heart disease, has recently undergone a rehabilitation. How do you open a mature coconut? Greg recommends throwing it on the sidewalk or taking a hammer to it -  but don't forget, you'll also be peeling off the skin.

(Broadcast: "The Food Guys," 11/30/14. Listen weekly on the radio at 11:50 a.m. Sundays, or via podcast.)