🚴 The Coco-Pirate of Suriname 🏴‍☠️ Saving Disrespected Coconuts From Disaster 🥥

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Surinamers beware!!! On the streets of Paramaribo there is a coco-pirate on the loose quietly picking coconuts from disrespected trees. 🥥🚴🏴‍☠️🌴

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     Don't look into, but my highly unqualified scientific study of the coconut situation in Suriname has concluded this country had the most amount of wasted coconuts on the face of the Earth.

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     Seriously though, I am beginning to think Suriname has a real problem with coconuts, because they seem to enjoy the tree itself but have no desire to interact with the fruit in anyway. Cambodia, where I spent 10 years before coming to Suriname, has much more coconut trees than Suriname, but every single tree is spoken for, meaning someone nearby is keeping an eye on the tree waiting for the perfect moment to pick them.

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     Our new neighborhood, Clevia, has thousands of unpicked coconuts within a kilometer of our apartment, and their fate is to fall off the tree and roll into ditch, as I regretfully see every day.

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     As I already learned with wasted mangos, if you first politely ask the Surinamese homeowner to pick a few, they will demand supermarket prices, defeating the purpose. As the fruit is already going to waste, and we are in a much worse economic situation than the locals, I feel no guilt in returning later to pick like a ninja without asking.

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     Private property is a cruel mistress because it is perfectly legal to own an orchard or a single tree and let everything go to waste, forbidding ones in need to reap a neglected bounty nature is trying provide us. In Cambodia the people don't let anything go to waste, so I've never been confronted with this ethical dilemna.

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     Since Suriname began facing economic troubles, we've found the locals are trying to cheat us and take advantage of us much more than before, and it really does feel like it's an us against them kind of life here in Suriname, and I will do whatever I have to to take care of my family as long as world goverments deny us freedom of movement and self-help.

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     Today coconuts were on the pirate foraging menu, so I sat off alone to surprise the family with a whole branch, around 20 coconuts, and probably 50 kilos on more on the front of the bike. I definitely got a lot of looks from the locals as I slowly pedaled back home with an entire branch on the front of my bike. Funny thing is, I would gladly pay for coconuts if someone was selling them anywhere remotely close to us.

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     When I arrived home, the internal ethical dilemma vanished when I saw the look on my daughters' faces. It was as if Dad had gone out and captured clouds from the sky like a superhero. These coconuts were picked just outside the fence of a home I've been eyeing for weeks, and they have been repeat offenders, allowing coconut after coconut to roll into the swamp next to the tree. I gladly accept all karma coming my way.

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     Some kids want the latest fashion trends or the latest gaming system, but my daughters enjoy the simple things of life, and I can't give enough thanks for that. We love, love, love coconuts if you can't tell!!

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     It's all about the smiles these days as it seems there is little else I am in control of. This pandemic has increased the gap between the haves and have-nots so much more than the old status quo.

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Our grounds are indeed fertile to grow coconut trees and get the market for coconut end products going, but unfortunately people move(d) away from farming or producing end products of this. The market is still not well organized, which is a shame if you see all the potential this country has.

Anyway, enjoy the fruits and the weekend 😊

It's amazing how different countries handle their coconut situation. Thailand is fully commercialized, growing them in long straight rows with interconnected canals in between, and most large farms have a boat that drives down the canal pumping up the water and spraying to the left and right onto each row. Growing like this, it is no wonder there are cheap Thai coconuts available even in the USA.

In Cambodia, there isn't really a commercial coconut scene, not even close to what exists in Coronie. Instead, every home has 3 or 4 trees, and every so often, coconut hustlers drive around in trucks making offers to climb each homeowner's tree(s) to pick for resell. These guys in turn sell these coconuts to roadside shops with sharp knives and big ice chests, who then sell them to the public.

This simple system means you are never more than a 5-minute walk from an ice-cold coconut anywhere in the country. Amazing how efficient and effective this tiny closed loop system is, even in a country without a commercialized coconut industry.

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It's indeed interesting to see how every country is handling this. I think it's a cultural thing, that would be interesting to research why it's so different in handling the coconut culture.

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I love the cover photo so much. This was a very satisfying post, like a sports game. You scored so well. You did a good deed saving coconuts and giving them a home. I am very envious haha.

We are bored to death here, so it takes some real creativity and imagination to drum up content when you've been living out a scene from "Groundhog Day" with Bill Murray every day for the last 2 years. I just try to turn even a simple trip to buy socks and rubber bands into an adventure, and sometimes I actually succeed, and those limited successes are what becomes Hive content.

Most of the time Dad blows it though!

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Mmmmmmmher smile says it all , how much fun and healthy next blog can be a recipe with the coconuts, i know the ladies can work their magic in the kitchen

Would you believe that just as I right this message, all those coconuts have already been drank and eaten. We didn't turn them into any recipes, just lots of jelly eaten with a spoon and massive hydration.

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@sreypov maybe because he got the little monkeys helping him
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Monkey-B is the perfect coconut pirate first-mate. She's small and light but her cuteness can disarm anyone threatened by our pirate-foraging methods. !ENGAGE 10


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That’s a lot of coconuts!
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If I bring ten home they're happy, but when I bring a whole branch home they just shake their heads like..........."Dad taking it too far once again."

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Thank you.

I love young coconuts, but takes me too damned long to get into the suckers!

I can get pop the top in a matter of seconds, but it took some years of practice for it to become second-nature. Cambodians prefer not to hold it in the hand the way I do, but it doesn't feel dangerous to me.

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One of our neighbors had a lot of plum trees in his garden. He never collected it himself, but he wouldn't allow anyone to collect it either. He would throw the plums in the garbage and waste them. I was very angry with him for not distributing it to the children. Nothing is more ridiculous than throwing away these beautiful gifts that nature gave us. I cannot tolerate people who do not know how to share. If there were such beautiful fruits on my property, I would distribute them to all children. By the way, I love coconut. They sell it a little expensive that it does not grow here. Know you're very lucky coconut pirate😊

Yes, we should all share when we have an abundance of things we don't intend to make use of, and especially when those things are perishable. Funny how life works......in Cambodia I rarely got a coconut for free, although they are dirt cheap anywhere in the country. Here in Suriname I'm not sure if I've ever paid for one yet, and they are are relatively expensive.

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My friend Justinparke, what you say is as true as the great taste of coconut and how healthy it is for the body and without forgetting that coconut cleanses our kidneys, this fruit is really very useful and refreshing.

But it is very true what you say not only in the place where you live, I assure you that there are people in this country, Venezuela with that culture who prefer to let the coconuts rot or any other type of fruit before giving them away or when They see that someone is interested in the fruit, they prefer to sell them as expensive as possible.

I would like to get a coconut from your post.

I loved your post.🤗

Yes, I think Venezuela is undergoing a cultural transformation, and I think many people forget your country was the wealthiest and most prosperous in this part of the world for many years. When people get used to an easy lifestyle full of air-conditioning, car transport, and supermarket shopping, I think they become lazy and forget important life skills like hustling and surviving.

The poor people in Venezuela that were suffering even when Venezuela was a wealthy country know how to survive already. I think there is problem in humiliation, where a formerly rich person doesn't want to be seen in public foraging for wild edibles, because it makes them feel like a pauper.

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I just pick two or three coconuts but you pick 17 coconuts lol. Where am I?

Hahhahaha

Well, when you come along on the coconut piracy adventures, it is quite dangerous to take photos with on the back and 50kgs of coconuts up front. I am surprised we haven't broke the bike yet.

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Still fresh and young! I only see them as the brown centres. Is the coconut flesh already fully formed at this point? Is it easier to get out than when it's drier?

I wish you could help me out harvesting my plums. I've struggled to find the time and I bet they're past their best now.

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I'm no wizard, but I can easily identify 4 or 5 stages with little effort. I think in total there are something like 7 or 8 stages coconut purveyors in Cambodia can easily identify. The easiest ones to open are fully immature, no jelly inside at all, and the water is not the least bit sweet yet. I love this kind the most much to the dismay of my family. These super young ones are still so soft you can almost slice them as easily as you can hack at them.

On the opposite end is the fully dry brown coconut. @Sreypov recently made a post showing how to open brown coconuts, and you can see it takes some strength and effort. They have to be dehusked, and they're so dry a sharp knife just bounces off like a rubber ball. Monkey-B uses her feet and all her arm strength just to tear a piece off. Let's get to pickin' your plums.

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Hahahahahahaha I love this post, it's funny and engaging at the same time. The pictures are spectacular, really. Worthy to make a small story of ''the pirate of the coconuts''. On my list of dreams to fulfill, is to go to Suriname to eat coconuts, here in Venezuela they wouldn't leave any on the ground or in the trees.

As I already learned with wasted mangos, if you first politely ask the Surinamese homeowner to pick a few, they will demand supermarket prices, defeating the purpose. As the fruit is already going to waste, and we are in a much worse economic situation than the locals, I feel no guilt in returning later to pick like a ninja without asking.

Yes my friend, I would do the same. xd

It's amazing the amount of waste here, but I think people here are slowly having a Venezuela-like awakening, realizing they have to make major sacrifices to maintain a certain standard of living in this failing economy. Venezuela was very wealthy not long ago, and I bet many people now foraging daily there wouldn't considered something like that beneath them as little as 15 years ago. Pretty soon Surinamers are gonna have to start making some difficult choices about where to cut living costs.

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Justin! You are a hero! And a super one at that my friend! I applaud 👏 your desire to not let the natural bounty around you go to waste! AND I just LOVE the photo of your daughter, the coconuts, and the bike! Such a good picture!🤩

During my university day's I was literally STARVING! In my 20's, enrolled in the Bachelor of Physical Education program, swimming every second day for a minimum of 1+ hours in the pool, working out in the gym lifting heavy every other day, making my own food, and paying my own way through an overpriced education that I couldn't really afford as a Ramp Agent lifting luggage for upwards to 12 hours a day.

There were these apple trees with plump yellow DELISIOUS fruit growing on the trees at the university outside the English studies building. Those apples were falling and rotting on the ground while all the rich (supported) students walked past.

Not me. I would wait for dusk and climb into the tree with several bags and a backpack and pick AS MANY as I could reach and carry away! It's a distinct memory for me.

My university day's were not easy! But I'm grateful for every one of those experiences... and now over a decade later I take my children to that same tree to give thanks and pick the apples that still grow and fall onto the ground. Bless that life giving tree that stands true and tall all these years!!!

Your story so reminded me of my own.

Keep being a pirate for good my friend! (and stay healthy & strong for your loved ones who adore you!) 💪

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Give thanks for the kind words brother. Well, if I had known you back in those days, I would've gladly been the lookout for apple picking. I can't wait until my family finds an unattended apple tree, of course that won't happen in the tropics, but if things work out we'll be in Albania within a month or two, a place I'm familiar with already, an almost-like-home if you will.

Arrrrrrrr.......pirate picking continues, although Pov and I got chased out of a rich neighborhood the other day.

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Those are some healthy looking coconuts too. I would have to pay $3-$5 for one of those here , and only available now and then.

Gotta do what u have to do, can’t believe they making those go to waste.


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Yeah, I know things are expensive in Japan, and likely coconuts wouldn't cost much less than that even if they were growing across the street from you. Do you know if coconuts grow in Japan, perhaps the extreme southern islands. I've heard some of them are quite warm and tropical-esque.

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Unbelievable they go to waste! Loved this post, you coconut pirate! I love them too.. the girls must be thrilled. A question: do they like them more than apples?

Hmmm...that's a tough question. I think Srey-Yuu would say yes and Monkey would say no. Monkey-B and I have been to known to kill 15-20 coconuts in one day between the two of us. Surely that's not healthy, but hey, sometimes you gotta live the dream for a moment. !ENGAGE 15


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It was tasty! 😇

Glad you enjoyed them , but this morning we got chased out of a rich neighborhood for picking coconuts on public land. I can't believe some of the people in this country. They are blessed enough to have three or four cars, a huge house, yard, gate, and even the free time to able to chill at home on a Wednesday and water the grass, must be a comfortable life, but they are threatened by two people sharing a bicycle and picking some wasted coconuts. If @Sreypov wasn't with me I would've cussed everyone out. So ready to leave this country....
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