Cou(s) cou(s) for Coconut Water
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.