with Sondra Tatum
What are some rawfood staples in your current diet?
A current raw food staple in my diet in Thailand is a salad called
"Som Tom" It is a spicy green papaya salad made with
green papaya, tomato, carrots, raw peanuts, palm sugar, chili
peppers. It is very good and there are variations with the salad
depending on who is making it. I always order my salad special
because I eat it vegetarian without MSG.
A) Are you 100% raw?
I was 100% raw for 3 years but today I guess I'm about 75 to 80%.
I'm enjoying some Thai cooking prepared for me special with raw
virgin coconut oil (I carry it with me everywhere I go). I refuse
to eat foods prepared with vegetable oils of any kind.
B) How did you start?
I started eating totally Raw because it was easy for me since
it is the way I've eaten most of my life. I do not like to cook
or prepare food so I usually eat straight from tree to mouth.
It is, to me the way raw was intended. I have eaten at some raw
food restaurants but to me the food is overly processed with way
too many combinations of ingredients especially the nuts and seeds.
If I wanted to eat a hamburger I would eat one (which I do not
because I am vegetarian) why would I eat something raw that was
supposed to taste like a hamburger, or like anything else for
that matter? I prefer no processing at all. I like fresh salads
the most of all.
What inspired you to go to Thailand in search of organic young
I wanted everyone to be able to afford Organic Young Thai Coconuts
not just a few so I decided to move to Thailand to work with the
farmers hand in hand. Find a buyer who could reach the USA coast
to coast (and more) with an affordable coconut for all. I have
found the buyer, New Harvest Organics and they are working on
the coast to coast part.
What are some of the main differences between your organic Thai
coconuts and the standard non organic young coconut.
are two main differences, one is in the growing and the other
is in the processing. First the coco's I send are grown without
chemicals and second they are are processed without any chemical
Note: If the young coconut you are consuming
is white it is dipped in chemicals!!! Not just once but many times.
I've seen the process myself. The workers wear protective clothing
when they process the coconuts. They wear heavy aprons and heavy
gloves. They use long poles with wire baskets on the end to remove
the coconuts from the dips so they do not touch them.
A natural coconut husk turns brown within minutes of husking so
when the conventional processing takes place the coconut is immediately
dipped in their chemical(s) of choice as soon as the husk is removed,
then the coconut is sent to the processing plant where it is polished
or trimmed and dipped again in their chemical(s) of choice. The
last dip (this makes 3 dips total) is when the coconut is ready
for packing, it is dipped again then wrapped for transport. It
is a sad process to watch and the workers themselves try to touch
the cocos as little as possible, if at all.
I know many believe the young Thai coconuts they eat in Raw food
restaurants are good for them but trust me they are not! Also
a lot of their food contains the coconut water from treated coconuts.
I also know many believe a certain test that was done came back
pure, but it did not. I saw the test results myself and there
were trace amounts of formaldehyde in that test in the fine print.
If you believe trace amounts are not harmful to you that is your
choice but believe me it like a girl saying she is a little bit
pregnant it just cannot be that way. It is so, or it is not. All
white young Thai coconuts are treated with dips of various chemicals
before transport and most, if not all are grown with chemical
fertilizers with hormones added for good measure. I've seen it
with my own eyes.
The soft eye of the coconut is very sensitive and very soft. If
a coconut is dipped the chemicals they will enter the coconut
through the soft eye. No doubt about it. The soft eye is mothers
natures way for the coconut to reproduce, it is where the sprout
grows out from to make a new tree and it is soft enough for the
sprout to exit and grow into a tree.
Can you explain the process how the organic coconuts are preserved
We harvest the coconuts and husk them without any chemicals the
coconuts husks turn brown within minutes during this process.
Next the coconut is polished it is by now is a dark tan in color
(natural). After polishing the coconut we trim the top over the
eyes. The cocos are immediately refrigerated at +4 Celsius and
kept cold throughout the packing process and shipped cold as well
during their journey to the states.
What is the best way to crack open these organic young coconuts?
The best way is to locate the soft eye pierce it add a straw if
you prefer and enjoy the delicious pure sweet flavor of the coconut.
You can pour the water (sometimes referred to as juice) into a
glass or drink the water straight from the coconut. To eat the
meat (kernel) on the inside simply break the coconut shell and
scoop out the meat.
What is the most nutritious part of the coconut?
I believe the coconut is nutritious through and through the water
is refreshing and the kernel is delicious. I am not a nutritionist
and cannot tell you the most nutritious part.
Can you share a favorite raw coconut recipe?
Since I do not process, my favorite raw food recipe is a very
simple one all done to personal taste.
RAW COCONUT CHUTNEY
5-6 Organic Young Coconuts
Open soft eye and drain coconut.
Open coconut and scoop out the meat
cut meat inside into 1/2 inch squares
cut dried mango into 1/2 inch squares
about 2/3rds coconut and 1/3 dried mango
place in a glass bowl:
add the juice of 2 limes (more or less)
add 2 tablespoons turmeric (more or less)
add small amount of coconut water (more or less, you do not want
this to be too wet just enough for moisture)
stir ingredients and refrigerate long enough for mango to absorb
lime and water and eat when cold.
(if you can wait that long :)
What are some quick tips or hints for raw newbies?
take it day by day and do not rush it. I believe if you want to
go raw this is the best advise I can give. If you go all the way
raw without a step by step process you may feel like you are missing
out on something. Also do not feel guilty if you do not eat 100%
raw there are exceptions to every rule.
Where do you see the raw food movement heading?
I think the Raw food movement is a good one and if it gets people
out of the habit of cooking everything they eat I think even better.
Raw is definitely better for the body. I was eating mostly raw
before I even knew there was a movement. It actually started for
me as a young girl eating out of our personal garden in Kansas
(where I was born). I was usually full before the meal was served
and I was always thought of as a bit strange for my eating habits
back then. Now there is a movement to explain my eating habits
I think that is pretty cool!
Can you please tell us about some of your current projects you're
working on and/or developing?
I am planning future projects but I am keeping them under wraps
at this moment so not to ruin the surprise.
you have anything else to add?
Thank you for your time and remember an Organic Young Thai Coconut
a day is good for the body!