Cou(s) cou(s) for Coconut Water

Bevies, Mixed bag, Superfoods | December 8, 2013 | By

I’m such a genius at maximizing my titles’ search engine potential.

Remember how I blogged about the Toronto Wine and Food Show a few weeks ago? You may recall my friend frenching an ice sculpture while we were there…

Meet Trish, Editor-in-chief of The Purple Fig

Meet Trish, Editor-in-chief of The Purple Fig

She loves when that pops up as the preview picture on Facebook.

Anyway, there was one product we got a super sales pitch on that I didn’t mention in that post (and they haven’t given me any dough to talk about it neither). Bloggies, (as in, since I’m a blogg-er, you’re a blog-ee) I would like to introduce you to Elton John’s coconut water.

Jax coco

Yup, the sales guy at the show, who was super into it, said that Elton John tasted it and fell in love with it, buying into the company. So here’s the question I had to ask myself. Is Elton John my beverage role model? I mean, probably if he was endorsing a certain piano or even a pair of platforms it might be worth stopping to listen, but drinks? Sales guy probably could have twisted my arm if the coconut water was spiked with something, but otherwise, I didn’t really give a crap what Elton John was drinking.

But then sales guy started telling us about actual crap!

In part two of his pitch he said that his coconut water was better because – and let’s see if I get this right because I couldn’t corroborate with any Google results – they wash the coconuts before they pasteurize them, removing fecal matter before they harvest and pasteurize the milk. He said other coconut waters are treated, but sometimes you can see the poo in the bottom of the bottles, and that even though there’s no longer any bacteria, you can sometimes taste it as an aftertaste. Can I get an Ew? I kind of forget where he said the poo comes from, but let’s not think about it too hard, because I just typed a couple of scenarios but had to erase them because it traumatized me and I wanted to protect you from the same imagined mental anguish, dear bloggie.

So of course I bought some of the man’s coconut water. The guy had given two very creative arguments about why I should purchase it, and he didn’t even mention that coconut water was used as blood plasma in WWII when they didn’t have enough, which I just found out in my Google quest. Three odd arguments for why I should drink this stuff is more than enough to wrestle my five bucks from my pocket.

(FYI, it’s also supposed to rehydrate you like a natural sports drink which is why it’s all the rage right now, and it isn’t the same as coconut milk, which usually includes the fattier pureed coconut meat).

So tonight I gave it a go with a quick-and-dirty (although less dirty than other brands) couscous recipe. I made up this recipe with what happened to be in my fridge and pantry, and it was very easy, quick, cheap, and healthy.

Coconut Water Couscous with apple, carmelized onion, and black pepper

  • 1C poo-free Coconut Water
  • 3/4C couscous
  • 1Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 1/2 large apple, diced
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • 2Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • black pepper

Directions: Boil coconut water in medium pot. Add couscous, stir, cover, and turn off heat. Meanwhile, melt butter in a frying pan. Add onions and cook slowly over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onions brown.

Not done yet...

Not done yet…

Squeeze lemon over diced apples, fluff couscous, and add apples, onions, and cilantro to the pot, and then go a little mental with the pepper.

Coconut Couscous

Results:  I served ours up with sesame tuna. Awesome! I’ll make this as a regular side dish for sure. I was able to taste the flair of the coconut water, and the pepper with the apples and sweet onions was fab. SO easy. The plain coconut water was fresh and wasn’t sweet – a great alternative to boring old water or unhealthy pop. Rating: 3 Yums

Apparently Rocket Man wasn’t such a bad drink role model after all.

Comments

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    Jackie Dale
    December 9, 2013

    Glad you found an opportunity to use that coconut water! I am a fan and definitely recall enjoying the sample there to hydrate me on our very dehydrating wine tour. I bought into his “fecal free” rambling because Jax Coco was less salty and murky than others. It was truly cleaner tasting. I will definitely try it while cooking as you have… And maybe even as a cocktail mixer!

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      Ann Allchin
      December 9, 2013

      Phew! Glad I didn’t imagine the whole thing! Cocktails would be good. Maybe even a cocktail contest…

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    Trish
    December 9, 2013

    Ahhh you posted the pic again you bum! Haha. I have to say, that coconut water was the best I’ve tasted from all of the coconut waters I’ve tried. This recipe looks awesome!

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      Ann Allchin
      December 9, 2013

      As much as I wanted to hate it for its star power and sexy bottle and high price, it beckoned me multiple times from the fridge (especially when hung over which I forgot to mention it’s supposed to be great for) and when I finally used it, it was totally tasty. Going to have to take out a second mortgage and buy a case.

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    Trevor
    December 10, 2013

    Fun follow up article to the food show…that pic cracks me up. Who knew Elton John knows coconut water? I wonder what other wisdom he’s holding out on. Btw, great recipe idea. I’m a big fan of cous-cous though my recipes are kinda of hum-drum and generic so I might just give this one a whirl.

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      Ann Allchin
      December 10, 2013

      After the coconut water experience, I might actually buy a book like “Elton John’s pearls of wisdom.” Get on it, Elton. You could make MILLIONS.

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        Trevor
        December 10, 2013

        Well sign me up for that book club…then again, I’m a bit of a lazy reader so unless it has pictures or recipes I’ll probably wait for it to be turned into a movie 🙂

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    Joanna @ Midwestern Bite
    December 17, 2013

    I just wanna say that sometimes I stink at commenting in a timely fashion but I do read your posts as soon as they come out. And you’ve been on a roll lately! I’ve been loving rolls lately . . . are they dangerous? Can you make them dangerous? Does adding butter make them dangerous? What if it’s sculpted butter?

    Anyway I just want to say that while this recipe looks awesome I cannot make it. For some ridiculous reason my husband will NOT eat Cous Cous. I have no idea why. I’ve explained to him that it’s just tiny pasta. And he loves pasta. But still. He will not touch the stuff. Sigh. I’d have better luck with the monkey cheeks. You had a recipe for monkey cheeks didn’t you? If not that should be next. With butter of course.

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      Ann Allchin
      December 17, 2013

      Ha! Don’t worry about commenting late, I know how it goes. I was going to say, “don’t worry about commenting,” but that would be me fibbing because like every blogger I get a little rush when I see a “Pending” comment come through. So I appreciate you stopping by as always! Maybe I’ll make sculpted butter for weird rolls for Christmas. Monkey cheek rolls. My family wouldn’t bat an eye.

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