We had a guy come over the other day wanting to provide tree trimming services. He said the palm was dangerous — some kid may get killed from a falling coconut.
Peter loves coconuts. I’ve NEVER even liked them. Really fresh ones I can stand but would prefer not to even do that.
So today I decided to read about coconut palms. The coconuts do not fall when ripe. Yes, they will eventually fall but by then the coconuts are unusable. So I decided to prune the tree. Heck, I have a 20 foot ladder right? Certainly if they can train monkeys to pick coconuts, I can do it…right? After realizing that posting the ladder against the tree was not 100% stable, I had Peter come out and spot me. He thought I was trying to hit him. I managed to cut/knock down 2 of the overripe groups of coconuts (about 10 coconuts each) and 3 or 4 yellow ones. Yellow ones have better coconut water but the flesh is bitter.
So I’ve seen people crack a coconut and I know it is a tough technique. Peter assures me that he knows how to do it. But I have coconuts with husks on them and it is not easy to get them off. I tried. Surely there must be an easy way? After web research I found there is no easy way. Stick them upright on a stick of your choice and cut of the husks. And no one has invented a coconut husker!
So you have to climb the tree to pick it, husk it, crack it and then it may either be bad or really hard to get the coconut out. Why would anyone go through all this?
According to Wikipedia, there is no true evidence that anyone has ever been killed by a falling coconut.
It’s a good talent to known in case you get stranded on a deserted island. So I think I know enough and will share with anyone who wants to learn. I’ll tell Peter to go to store if he needs coconuts!