Man cutting a coconut open behind his 20 years old VW Camper parked on the sidewalk, in Cosme Velho neighborhood – on the way up to Mirante Dona Marta.
The fainted sign says “Beba coco gelado”, which in a literal translation means “Drink cold coconut”.
The fading letters show that here lies a traditional coconut seller. Precise movements to cut open the coconut in few seconds, without letting lots of water leak and at the same time preserving his fingers in place.
Step by step drinking coconut water:
- Coconuts are stored in Styrofoam containers filled with ice and melted icy water.
- Then luck comes to play: you may choose which coconut to buy – larger not always mean more water inside! Smaller does not mean sweeter! Usually only green coconuts are sold on the streets – cariocas all agree that these have the best tasting water.
- After selecting the coconut, the seller cuts a small hole open on the top, using his long knife. He does it so fast that he makes it look easy – but it is definitely not.
- Then he hands over the coconut with an individually packed plastic straw to the client
- Time to enjoy the cold coconut water…
- Once the water is finished, as any other Carioca, you may ask the seller to cut the coconut open in halves or thirds, so that you can eat the creamy coconut layer within.
- When cutting the coconut open, he will also cut a thin layer of the outer green part and hand it over together with the coconut, so that you can use it as a spoon.
- Time to enjoy the creamy coconut inside!
Photo taken on 31/Jan/2016.