i really miss the days when all i had to do to enjoy a nice, cool dessert of fresh young buko (coconut) is to ask one of my cousins or my ingkong to pick some for me from the backyard. sometimes, the coconut didn’t even get to the fridge because we’d eat them right after the tops are cut open. i love the “sipon,” LOL! that’s when the meat is so young it’s translucent. you drink the juice and then scoop the meat with a spoon. it was always so fresh and sweet, perfect especially for a hot, summer day.
after several weeks of winter, i’m understandably looking forward to warmer weather and all its accoutrements. i think that’s why i couldn’t resist when i saw cans of young coconut at the grocery store. they weren’t even made in the philippines, but the photos looked really tempting. so i bought a couple and tossed them in the refrigerator to chill. when i opened the cans, i was glad to see the meat was indeed young (not as young as i would have liked, but at least they weren’t close to making gata [milk] yet). but the manufacturers put a little sugar in the juice and i didn’t like it. i guess i’ll have to add eating fresh coconut to my list of things to do when i visit the philippines.