Finally, a safe, fun and reliable product for opening young Thai coconuts has been invented and is now available for purchase. In response to the numerous personal accounts of injuries from knives, Dave Goodman has designed the Coco Jack and accompanying utensils to go with it. His new patent-pending tool and method have generated significant interest in the health food community because of the popularity and health benefits of young Thai coconuts.

Numerous studies suggest that the antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity of coconut water may help with some minor to severe health conditions. Key nutrients in coconut water include lauric acid, chloride, and iron, as well as essential electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and phosphorous. For drinking purposes, coconuts are harvested from the trees when they are still young and green. Later, to keep the moisture the outer green husk is removed, and the coconuts are wrapped in plastic.

Mr. Goodman fell in love with raw coconuts but became frustrated with the difficulty and dangers of cutting through the tough fibrous shell with knives. He sold his apartment in New York City to start his business and worked through more than 100 prototypes before finalizing a design. It features a mallet with a specially designed shock-absorbing grip. Its material was originally developed to absorb the vibration from powered lawn mowers.

The Coco Jack set includes a stainless steel, food-grade metal tool that is placed on top of the coconut and then driven in with several firm strikes with the mallet. The metal tool has no teeth and is safe to the touch.

Business has taken off beyond Mr. Goodman’s expectations and projections. Word of mouth, social media, and several mass media interviews have helped drive demands for the Coco Jack beyond supply. He is currently seeking ways to expand to meet requests from giant retailers to carry his product, while he sells directly online at his website, www.coco-jack.com. The standard set sells for $36.95 and carries a one-year, one thousand coconut warranty. The Coco Pack Deluxe set for $88.95 also includes the Coco Scoop tool, the Coco Noodler tool, a Coco Mat, glass sippers, and more.

Since the water from a fresh coconut should be consumed shortly after being exposed to air due to the possible loss of vital nutrients, it’s important to be able to open one cleanly and quickly. A single coconut usually provides an 11-ounce serving of water. It is low in calories and fat, but rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Goodman points out that a healthy balance of electrolytes is necessary for the optimal health of our muscular, cardiovascular, nervous and immune systems, as well as to help with the absorption and balance of the body’s internal fluids.

Additionally, the coconut meat is considered a superfood for its high nutritional value. Young Thai coconut meat is much softer and creamier than an entirely mature coconut, Goodman explains and is an excellent source of potassium and sodium. The meat is also a source of B vitamins, which help your body make energy from food and assist in the production of red blood cells.

Apparently the interest in young Thai coconuts has spread across the globe. “Every time I try to limit the market,” says Mr. Goodman, “I’m wrong.” “People are very excited about it, they just love coconuts,” he proclaims. “We have sold to people in Alaska, Switzerland, Iran, Russia, New Zealand, all 50 states, places you don’t think of as having to open coconuts.”

Mr. Goodman is also encouraged about prospects of partnering with the Whole Planet Foundation and Tom’s Shoes to get these into developing countries. “We hear reports of starving people cutting off their hands because of cutting into coconuts without proper tools,” he conveys. “There are opportunities to do good in the world; I didn’t even know that when I started this company.” Coco Jack is the trademark of EZ-Coco, LLC