Thailand: 101 Things to Do with a Coconut

Back in high school, we had a Canadian History class that covered all the travels and trials of the voyageurs (the people who traded beaver pelts by canoe before we had railways). My favourite teacher lovingly called the class “101 Things to Do with a Beaver”, and so in that tone I present to you “101 Things to Do with a Coconut”!

On our day trip out of Bangkok, we were lucky enough to visit a coconut plantation!

There were coconut palms everywhere the eye could see:

And each tree had a ton of coconuts growing on it:

Inside the green coconuts are the brown-husked coconuts we see at grocery stores


Did you know that baby coconuts look like corn on the cob?



And so what all can you do with a coconut?  Well… here we go:


1) Collect the sap from the tree to make coconut nectar


2) Boil that nectar down in giant steaming vats into the best coconut candy ever (tastes like maple sugar candies, but coconutty!)



3) Use coconut husks to fuel the fire for the giant steaming vats



4) Or turn the sap into discs of coconut sugar


5) Grate the white, fleshy part of the coconut to eat (called “copra”) — it’s great in curries


6) Squeeze the grated coconut flesh for coconut milk


7) Use the brown husks to make bowls

8) And a mortar and pestle for your kitchen (And you can see #9 in the background — coconut oil)

10) And all the cutlery you’ll ever need

11) And plates and platters


12) And lanterns!


13) Make planters for your greenery


14) Make coconut houses for your birds to live in



Well, that got me up to #14, but there have got to be more than 101 things to do with a coconut — like coconut butter, drinking the coconut juice, coconut ice cream… mmm.

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4 Comments on “Thailand: 101 Things to Do with a Coconut”

  1. March 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    You forgot that by attaching two half shells together with a piece of string you can make a working telephone…at least that is how it worked on Gilligan’s Island. Really enjoyed the post.

  2. kimthevegan
    March 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    This is pretty awesome =) The pictures are beautiful!
    Mmmm coconuts…

  3. April 1, 2013 at 2:21 am #

    Haha this is fantastic! We heard rumours about coconuts falling on people’s heads in Thailand so were scared to walk underneath them, but it’s impossible to avoid as they’re everywhere! Brilliant pics x


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