King Coconut in Sri Lanka

One of the first orders of business when we reached Sri Lanka was having a taste of coconut. Here, a friendly street vendor uses his machete to open a coconut, then shows us how to use a slice of the of the outside shell as a spoon to scoop out the tasty “meat” inside. Both the cool coconut water and the mild-tasting, jelly-like meat are especially refreshing on a hot, humid day. The bright yellow King Coconuts — the ones we tried — are reputed to be the tastiest.

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