Completely balmy nuts mate - coconuts
HE HAS survived being hit on the head by a coconut and is healthy despite using coconut oil on everything he eats - he is the Coconut Man.
His alias is Carl Johanson and his secret lair is among the coconut trees at Thala Beach Lodge, where he guides tour groups regularly on a Coconut Odyssey and explains the benefits of coconuts.
Mr Johanson used to guide adventure tours all around Cape York and through Cape Tribulation before deciding to focus on his passion - coconuts.
“I had a passion for coconuts and wanted to share it with people and it went from there,” he said.
“The best thing about being the Coconut Man is people don’t take me too seriously, I just want everyone to have a laugh.”
But among the comedy is a level of seriousness that not even doctors, researchers and scientists could dispel when they attempted to change Coconut Man’s beliefs.
The Gazette recently participated on a Coconut Odyssey tour - the only dedicated coconut tour in Australia - to find out exactly who this Coconut Man really is.
Instead we found out about the life cycle of a coconut.
Coconuts drop out of palm trees after about 12 months and the liquid inside solidifies and becomes a food supply for the tree.
The liquid is extremely sterile and matches the plasma in human blood and was used during war times when blood supplies were low.
The Coconut Man explained the best way to get into a coconut, from cracking open the husk to the easiest spot to pop a hole in the coconut for a straw.
“Cocos nucifera - the first word means monkey face in Spanish and the second part means it’s part of the nut family,” he said.
“The monkey’s mouth is soft and the eyes hard - put a knife in its mouth and twist it out and don’t hit the monkey face or tail, then use a hard object or hammer around the middle to snap it.”
The tour sampled an eightweek-old green coconut, a delicious six-month-old specimen which is slightly fizzy and a 12-month-old sample of when the coconut water solidifies that you can munch on at the supermarket.
Coconut Man also explained how the coconut industry was destroyed by the grain industry and outlined the benefits of coconuts, including increased metabolism, strengthening the immune system, as a hangover cure and a mosquito repellent.
If you are interested in finding out more, contact Thala Beach Lodge on 4098 5700.
Keen on coconuts: Carl Johanson