Coconut Wine

Then we met the person described as the most important man in the village: Tonio, the 76-year-old maker of coconut wine. He showed us how he scaled the trees with a long, curved knife, then carefully cut the flower stalks and pushed the cut ends into a bamboo collecting tube. Each day he climbs the tree again to collect coconut sap, which he carries back down in the bamboo tube hooked onto his back. Then the sap is fermented into wine. He let us sample a bit, carefully filtered through a cloth. Richard drained his cup with gusto, but he's had practice with his father's chokecherry wine. It wouldn't be my first choice of tipple.



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Coconut Wine