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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

O.N.E. coconut water

coconut water

The internet cracks me up.

A couple of months ago, I wrote a little post on the original site about fruit salad. Tucked into the headnote of how to prepare the salad was a little description of coconut water:

The other day, I found a can of coconut water at one of my favorite grocery stores, and so I brought it home. It's light, barely sweet, so refreshing when cold. When I poured a bit over the fruit, everything seemed to come together more completely. It's not necessary, by any means, but you might like to try it too.

The next morning, when I woke up, I found an email from someone at O.N.E., saying she had read that little description and was delighted I liked coconut water. Would I like a case of theirs to try?

Now, I have to say, the alacrity with which this happened made me laugh. And I'm a little skeptical about free stuff. But the email was personal, and we were heading into the heat of summer. Sure, why not?

I had no idea how handy this coconut water would become.

Before the Chef and I went to the hospital to meet Little Bean, we packed a cooler full of food and drinks. I had been told we wouldn't be able to find gluten-free food from the hospital dining service. (This was erroneous information. They had a gluten-free menu.) So we planned ahead. On the hottest days of the summer, I had drunk a couple of the coconut waters. Everything felt refreshed in me. So we packed the last of the case in the cooler.

After my surgery, I heaved with nausea at times. The iv drip hurt my hand. I felt woozy and in pain. As soon as I remembered the electrolytes in the coconut water, I asked for one. Ten minutes later, I felt clear again.

And in the succeeding days, when everything felt woozy and in pain, while we stayed with our daughter in the ICU, I drank the remaining coconut waters, trying to be well.

I won't say these healed me. They just felt cold and good against my lips. There wasn't much pleasure to those days. Drinking these was one of the few sensory moments that remains untouched with fear.

They may have sent me a free case, but I'm buying more for myself.



Anonymous Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

I've heard coconut water has the same pH as blood and is stabilizing in that way.

August 13, 2008 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger babyjenks said...

if you have the chance, when you're in coconut land, have fresh young coconut water straight from the coconut. i've had it in india and the philippines that way and it is amazing! so refreshing and fun. when i was last in india, there was a man who would come through my neighborhood every afternoon on his bicycle laden with green coconuts and call out his wares. if stopped, he would lop the top off the husk with his machete, hand it over with a long straw and wait while its contents were drunk. then he would crack it in two and give it back with a scoop made from a slice of the hard green husk. the young meat inside was delicate and jiggly, a faintly coconut flavored natural jello-ie treat.

sometimes i miss being able to have such things fresh. but boston isn't tropical enough to grow coconuts! i'll have to get my fill next time i travel.

enjoy the down time and heal swiftly. (at least i hope you're having some down time!)


August 14, 2008 at 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Annie said...

Sally is right. It can actually be used in place of blood in an IV if necessary. It's better than anything else at re-hydrating you.

August 14, 2008 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Dione said...

Most of us from the tropics (my fam is from the Philippines) have been enjoying coconut water as one of the most perfect foods in the world. Thanks for the review of O.N.E. - I see it at the stores all the time but have been skeptical about buying coconut water from a box (nothing beats it fresh from the tree- which is impossible to have here in the States!!)!

Glad to hear that you, Chef and Little Bean are doing much better! I'm just recovering from a gluten contaminated restaurant meal (it's taking a week so far!) so you've given me a great reminder for how to help my tummy along as it heals. Thanks for all you do! :)

August 16, 2008 at 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Sho said...

I have got to get that. It would be better for my son than electrolyte-enhanced drinks.

August 16, 2008 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Shirley said...

I want to try some of that, too. Mostly I drink water and tea, so it would be nice to have a different beverage on hand. Plus, I love coconut.

P.S. I am so glad the coconut water provided some measure of comfort to you when you were recovering.

September 7, 2008 at 9:04 AM  

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