We’re here today at a coconut and palm sugar farm/factory. Stupid me, I had no idea that palm sugar was made from the same plant as the coconut! Nonetheless, it was a good lesson learned (even though I couldn’t understand half of what the tour guide was trying to say), and I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

The coconut plant…

and the pod…those little marble rounds you see are baby coconuts, neato eh? ;)

Starting the fire to roast the coconuts…

…and here they are roasting away, hehe.

This cloth separates the coconut oil and palm sugar

Here’s the oil…

…and the palm sugar. It’s like crack candy, I tell you!

At the end of the day you’re left with a TON of coconut husks.

Grating coconut meat to make…

coconut cream!

And how we leave without a coconut of our own? The liquid is particularly refreshing on this hot day, but it’s the young, supple and sweet meat that I love the most :)

  • anonymous
    July 2, 2007

    never knew all those things either about coconut related products.

  • rowena
    July 2, 2007

    I can’t tell you how much I appreciated this post…especially with the pic of that coconut grater! It reminds me so much of my grandma, and those days when we’d go to her house and watch her grate coconut, seemingly all day from what I recall. Plus those husks left behind. She’d use them as a kind of mulch for her orchids, putting them to good use in hanging orchid baskets too. Fab post!

  • Darien
    July 2, 2007

    oh man! i love coconut. i had the best coconut-tinged green curry at a thai restaurant here yesterday. (but i’m sure what you’re eating is 100x better!) hope you had a great bday kathy ;)

  • J. Lo
    July 3, 2007

    wheeee, i love coconut! but i’m really strongly against curries with a coconut-milk base (I’ll eat them, of course). I guess I kinda prefer Southern-style Indian curries. Lol. I have no idea why I went off on that tangent. Long story short, save some coconut for me!!!! Lol.

  • KirkK
    July 4, 2007

    Hey Kathy – You’ve been on quite a vacation. I enjoyed all the photos of the various coconut products.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    July 5, 2007

    Hey Ron!Me either…I felt like I should know this…we do live in Hawaii! :)Hey Rowena!hehe, I’m glad you liked it! I love how all grandmas never let anything go to waste :)Darien!I saw the pics from nelisa’s visit, I wish I could come!!! thanks for the birthday wishes! :)Justin!gah, I’ll eat any kind of curry any day! I think it’s just cause I really like saucy stuff I can pour over rice, hehe :)Hey Kirk!The vacation ended nearly three weeks ago, but I’m so behind on posting…it’s kinda like I’m reliving the trip through all these posts, lol! :)

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