This column promotes a healthy lifestyle by showcasing locally grown products easily found at nearby famers markets. In this edition, we will be highlighting the benefits of coconuts and how to make coconut milk.
~ by Luba Niko
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The coconut is a world-renowned superfood that is delicious and nutritious.
Most people already know how good coconut water is thanks to its electrolytes and high energy, but many aren’t aware of the benefits of coconut milk.
This lactose-free milk is full of nutrients, antioxidants, and has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties that protect the immune system. Furthermore, coconut milk assists digestion, promotes healthy skin and hair, and leaves you feeling and looking great!
Coconut milk is easy to make, and everything you need is sold at the farmers market. You will need coconut meat from the older coconuts called “cocos” and an optional nut bag (found at the Tinamastes market).
Some vendors will even separate the coco meat from the husk for you, which can be a challenging job with the white meat so thick and hard. You can buy the meat for 1 thousand colones (less than 2 dollars) or the whole coco for just 500 colones (less than 1 dollar). So, with a couple of dollars and a few minutes, you can make a pitcher of sweet, frothy coconut milk!
Once you have all the white meat from the coco, cut it into chunks and place them in a blender filled with water. Blend on high for about a minute until you have an even white liquid. Next, strain the meat out with either your nut bag, strainer, or cheesecloth.
The liquid can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days, and you can use it as a dairy substitute in all your favourite drinks and recipes.
Congratulations, you have successfully made coconut milk!
INFO: Luba Niko – [email protected]