When you go to Jamaica ask for a green coconut (called Jellies) in any market or fruit stand. The vendor will use a machete to cut off the top of the coconut. You can use a straw to drink the clear liquid inside; but, you should drink it the way locals do. Put the opening of the coconut to your mouth, tilt your head back and take a long cool draught. The taste is indescribable but it is unusually refreshing especially on a hot day.
After you have drunk the coconut water, ask them to split the coconut open for you. You can either use a spoon or they will give you a piece of the coconut husk to use as a spoon. Using a scraping motion, scoop out the white flesh of the coconut. The consistency depends on the age of the coconut – the older the coconut, the firmer the flesh. I prefer the younger coconuts since the flesh is softer and dissolves in your mouth. Go ahead – try something different. You may surprise yourself!
Til next time. Think and dream Jamaica!
Sherry, Darrell and Darrian
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Sherry & Darrell, owners of Mais Oui Tenis & Spa Villa in Discovery Bay, Jamaica, consider themselves unofficial ambassadors for Jamaica. They look forward to using their insider knowledge to help guests create priceless vacation memories. Feel free to say hi!