This is about getting enjoyment from the mature coconut – the nut that is inside the ripe fruit with husk that is drying.
In the Coconut Heartlands of Asia and the Pacific these ripe fruit are picked from the palm by climbers, then the husk is removed expertly on a spike, and the nut is taken to the kitchen and split with a machete.
The skills of climbing, dehusking and splitting of the nut are traditional and learned from a young age.
Cocosplit is needed for people who are not from the coconut tradition; people in Australia, USA, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and many others. All of these have access only to imported coconuts in supermarkets and fruit shops that have been dehusked but are mostly presented without being split open.
Two problems arise with imported mature nuts.
Firstly the time taken between harvest of a mature coconut fruit and the nut arriving on the sale display of a marketer in another country could vary greatly. It will depend on availability and speed of transport and on the rate of turnover at the point of sale. If there is a long delay a nut may become stale and unusable, but is is hard to judge this from its appearance. Marketers would benefit if they could easily split suspect nuts prior to sale to eliminate bad ones and avoid loss of customers. Split nuts that are sound can be sold as half-nuts, that first-time customers might find quite attractive.
Secondly, many folk who take the plunge and buy a nut do not have tools and skills to split it open neatly in order to get to the kernel. Often the nut is smashed to bits with a hammer and the mess makes the kernel (flesh) less attractive.
Cocosplit has been designed to enable the user, without any prior skill, to quickly split open the nut into equal halves. Options for extraction of the kernel from that point are then available as shown on the "Kernel Action" page.