you put the lime in the coconut

I heard a knock at the door, and opened it to find one of the homeowners handing me four mangoes–two that are ripe, two that need another day or so.

mangoes from the tree outside my window

We started talking about the coconuts that he harvests from the street, and that led to a machete and a handmade, welded striking implement cracking open coconuts on the porch, draining the milk, admiring the meat (which you score and then scoop out), and an explanation of how to make coconut milk—blend quite a bit of coconut water, a little coconut meat, a date and a dash of cinnamon for sweetness.

coconut meat, milk, and water

As a storm rages outside, intermittently lighting up the cottage, I am drinking it all up and in, sipping the milk (fresh coconut water tastes infinitely better than the packaged product, as you can imagine) and shaking my head at all the years I let a terrible cake experience with sweetened, shredded kind of coconut hold me back.

I prescribe fresh coconut.

coconut meat, milk, and water

If we can imagine meat—the word itself, without its weighty moral baggage and simply referring to these hairy things that hang from tropical trees—as a delightfully firm, silky white layer hidden inside a shell, perhaps spritzed with a little lime, we may all feel a little better…

  1. Mica says:

    MM,mango AND coconut? This confirms it–Miami must truly be paradise. This is exactly the kind of post I need to ring in summer!

  2. Kristen says:

    The Magic Cottage is paradise, M, and continued safe travels to you!

    Stuffed armadillos and curiously appropriate license plates are important for road trips in the American South, I think—

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