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Preparation, Uses, & Tips

To use fresh coconut, it must first be removed from its hard exterior shell. Begin by piercing the “eyes,” using an ice pick or other sharp implement. Pour out the coconut water into a container and then crack open the coconut with a hammer. The pulp can then be removed. Coconut can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. Dried, flaked coconut is often used to decorate desserts. Coconut milk is used in a variety of ways and is especially popular in Indian cuisine where it is used in curries, sauces, desserts, and other dishes.

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