Coconuts are nature's IV bags! I vaguely remember reading somewhere about this.
During World War II and the Vietnam War, hospitals used coconuts as IV drips to rehydrate sick and unconscious patients. The hospitals with limited supplies of medicines, particularly during the war, sometimes run short. At one time they saw a bunch of soldiers come in with partial bodily paralysis and high fever. One of them was unable to take in fluids, and soon became severely dehydrated. The hospital was running low on IV bags. Somebody scaled a coconut tree and fetched a coconut down, careful not to crack the outer husk. Part of the husk was peeled away, exposing the eyes of the coconut. Doctors jabbed a large needle through one of them. The needle came out full of coconut meat, and so a new needle was inserted in the existing hole, and, presumably, sucked a little nutrition out of the original needle. The coconut was connected up to the IV tube, which was jabbed right into the patient. The man stayed hydrated with coconut water for two days, after which he recovered and regained his health.
I believe many of you would would have come across this story, but it reminds me of this every time I gulp down the nature's best water.
Hence, apart from the medicinal properties of coconut water, the intracellular fluid or the plasma best matches with the density of salts present in coconut water.
The glucose is easily assimilable and refreshes you instantly once consumed orally!
I can go on and on about the heavenly goodness.
The peak summer is on in T.N, the temperature touching the perfect 40 deg and today I flavoured the tender coconut water with mint, for a change.
Tender Coconut Mint Cooler
For one serving,
250 ml of freshly poured out tender coconut water if possible. It has a mild irresistible fizz.
1/4-1/2 tsp of honey
A pinch of finely minced mint leaves
Mix tender coconut water and honey in a glass jar to combine. Top with mint leaves and ice cubes.
Enjoy the cooler.
These organic red tender coconuts are from our own groves in the native village. They are naturally on the sweeter side and hence I avoid adding honey, mostly.
The coconut meat was harder today when I poked the coconuts to pour out the water. Otherwise I also beat the chilled coconut water with the flesh (tender and transparent) in a juicer, add honey and top the frothy glass with mint leaves. You cannot have a better natural body cooler!
The simple drink received a good support in the family. The mint leaves and the coconut water complimented well with the dash of honey and mild yet bursting flavour of the mint leaves.
This post is a hurried one which got me back to the space after a crazy fortnight.
So this if for the 5 sweet ladies around me ; Jayanthi, Swapna, Somz, Veenz and Sisssy :) .
You know why! :)