A couple months ago I admitted my lifelong addiction to coconut in the blog post about Coconut Almond Macaroons. Even though acceptance may be the first step in the 12-step program for addiction, I clearly have no plans of giving up coconut anytime soon.
And why should I? Coconut meat is packed with tons of fiber to boot (specifically 5 grams per two tablespoons, if you’re curious, which is 25% of the average adult’s daily fiber requirement). The water inside the coconut is also a good source of trace minerals your body needs (such as manganese, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc) while also providing a rather impressive amount of fiber (approximately 3 grams per serving). Plus, it’s, like, delicious and stuff. YOU CAN’T MAKE ME QUIT. Never!
So what exactly IS a coconut? If you answered “a nut”, then I have some surprising news for you: it’s actually a drupe (pronounced “droop”). Drupes, also sometimes referred to as stone fruits, are characterized by an inner seed surrounded by a hard layer (called the endocarp), which is surrounded by a fleshy layer (called the mesocarp), which is surrounded by a layer of skin (called the exocarp). The saying “Ogres are like onions, they have layers” totally applies here. Other common examples of drupes are peaches, cherries, dates, and pistachios. Who would’a thunk it?
In this recipe, it might seem like I went a little overboard with the coconut (wouldn’t put it past me if I were you), but pairing it with sweet potato and ground coriander makes for a delicious hash that stands up well to the coconut’s flavor and aroma. Crack in a couple eggs if you wish and you have yourself a high protein, super healthy breakfast/brunch/lunch/afternoon snack/dinner/midnight snack that is just slightly addictive.
This concludes the second Coconut Addicts Anonymous meeting. Until next time – “Coconut Happy Hour”, you won’t want to miss it! ;-)