Coconuts are more than just drupes. There is an entire new coconut world in Belize. The trees are huge and have lots of round fruits usually colored green or yellow in different sizes. Don’t be surprised when somebody offers you coconut water. Yes, water, not milk, served in a cup or better yet, cold inside the coconut shell.
It is much more than just a glass of water. We usually place it in a cooler with ice to cool off, then grab a machete (it is a vital part to get to the water), then expertedly take off part of the upper layer, open a little hole, insert a straw and TAADAA…enjoy! You will not believe the sweet, cool and refreshing coconut water. Not only is it delicious, but due to its rich minerals, vitamins and antioxidants it offers many health benefits. In fact many people in Belize use the coconut water as an electrolyte to combat dehydration and as a way of preventing urinary tract infection.
The white flesh of the coconut can also be eaten straight out of the husk when the coconut is young or when it is hard it can be grated to make treats such as ideals, tableta, cotobrute etc. The milk is made by squeezing the grated coconut flesh in water or by putting the meat in a blender with a little water. It is great in rice, fish dishes and of course when used in baked goods. The same is true for the coconut oil. You can replace cooking oils or butter with coconut oil and get mouthwatering dishes that are very beneficial for your health, as it improves the immunity system, and protects against several illnesses. The oil and milk are also used as beauty products such as hair conditioner, in face masks or in baby care.
And if you are good in handicrafts why not make beautiful baskets out of the shells? They are easy to carve and paint and embellish your dream home in Belize giving it a very personal touch.
Even though it is a lot of work there are people dedicated to making ropes out of the husks. If you don’t have the patience to do that you can convert them into natural scrubbers for your kitchen or floors or use them in handicrafts as well.
The leaves are perfect for thatched roofs, sunhats, and umbrellas or as a makeshift mattress for your children to sit or sleep on while at the beach.
And last but not least, just relax on the terrace of your Belizean dream home with a nice glass of wine made from the sap of the coconut flower.
Coconut is a must try in Belize