04 June 2008
Coconuts and Crocodiles
My husband traveled to India not long ago. He told me the food was wonderful. He took many beautiful photos of the dishes he tried there and their preparation. I'd write about them if I knew enough about Indian food to figure out what they were called. They sure looked delicious!
Still, there was one food experience which he documented that was simple enough for me to approach. This experience made quite a strong impression on him. I think it rated right up there with floating in a tiny row boat within splashing distance of an enormous crocodile and then being rowed, in that same boat, beneath trees dark and heavy with huge resting fruit bats.
The food I am talking about is a coconut he purchased from a roadside vendor. The vendor took a sharp machete and with one quick swing lopped off the end of the green coconut and put a straw in it for him to drink the clear sweet milk.
When my husband finished drinking the milk the vendor took the coconut from him again and, with a few deft swipes of his huge knife, he prepared the soft meat to be enjoyed with a small scoop cut from the husk. While my husband enjoyed the fruit of the coconut the vendor cleaned his knife and put it away.
I have to say, it does look fresh and delicious. The question is, what lengths would you go to to taste one? Do they have these same coconuts at a local market? Or must one brave crocodiles to have a taste?