Thursday, September 20, 2012

Day 80 - Green Drink, Yellow Eat, Brown Cook

Date: 9/18/12
Location: Costa de Oro, Costa Rica

Word of the day:

8am wake up. Breakfast (banana pancakes). HT.com updates.

Lunch (leftovers). Walk the beach for logs. Clean up fallen sticks on the ground and beach. At this point I see Kayla (new research assistant) walking about the yard. I decided to part some wisdom on her behalf and conduct a science experiment. We gather 5 different coconuts in various stages of life; small green, large green, Yellow, brownish yellow and Brown.
We conclude and verify:
Small Green - sugary and minimal liquid, good for drinking. No Fruit/Nut. Best for Drinking
Large Green - more liquid, a little less sugary. Thin gelationus layer of sweet fruit. Best for Cooking
Yellow - liquid is sweet yet has the taste of soda water. Medium sized (1/2 inch) later of malleable meat. Best for coconut milk.
Brownish Yellow - liquid has lost sweetness and turns a little milky. Meat is thicker (3/4 inch) and is much harder. Good for eating.
Brown - liquid is minimal. May contain coconut apple (sweet spongy object). Meat is thick (up to 1"), hard and difficult to remove. Great for eating, deserts and crusts.

This is what our hatchery looks like... not small blue turtles, but a representation of how many nests we have int he hatchery. HALF WAY FILLED!
Kayla and I jump in the ocean to rinse off from all the coconut fibers, liquid and sand. Once back at the house, we immediately head to the kitchen and work on gathering some excess yellow coconut meat in order to make some Coconut ice cream. In the past I have solely used the brown coconut to make the milk. I found it difficult and time consuming to make the milk. However with the yellows, a couple whacks of the machete and the end of a metal spoon I am able to de-fruit 2-3 coconut it takes for the time of one brown. Plus the soft meat from these coconuts seem to produce more milk as well. Lesson learned!

Run. Shower. Help prep dinner.

Tonight I assist Courtney making dinner. She makes pasta with meat (pork sausage) sauce. Thanks to Matt picking up a large french loaf of bread today during his trip to Jicaral I was able to make some brushetta, using the feta I received earlier in the week, tomato and spices. Dinner. Siesta.

I patrol 12:30am with Kayla to the South. I impart my knowledge, experience and point of view of all things turtles and the processes we adhere to on our project site. After walking down and back, we fail to see a turtle or tracks emerge from the Pacific.

Sleep.

Lesson:
  • Yellow coconuts are good best for eating and Green for Drinking.
  • You can find everything on the beach. You may just have to walk farther to find it.
Food: Spaghetti with meat sauce and feta brushetta.
Animals:Crabs, Dogs, Birds, Lizards, Mosquitoes

Something I am thankful for: Turn Over. A natural process to keep things fresh and your procedures sharp.


Something I don't want to admit: I thought I had this coconut thing down pat. Attempting to showoff my coconut knowledge skills I found myself changing the way I dehusk, remove and cook the meat by the end of the presentation. Here's to progress!

Total Nest I have saved: 28
Total Nests Poached on my Patrol:25
Total Turtle Eggs I saved: 3,301
Total Baby Turtles I Released: 40
Days of Rain: 48/76

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