Through The Lens, Trinidad & Tobago

The Coconut Vendor

March 19, 2005

The Coconut Vendor

The coconut vendor is undeniably a part of Trinidad culture. Found most commonly around the Queen's Park Savannah and on Independence Square in downtown, they man rickety old trucks laden with bunches of water-bearing coconuts.

The water of the green coconut is an amazingly refreshing and thirst quenching drink — the ideal refreshment after a hot day in the city or a long evening workout round the Savannah. Coconuts are classified as water nuts or jelly nuts, the larger water nuts containing enough water to satisfy even the most parched throat while the jelly nuts come with an added bonus of the sweet, tasty jelly found on the inside of the shell. And if it's been an especially hot day, ask for yours ice cold.

I caught this vendor on Carnival Sunday evening, dancing away to the blaring music from the nearby music trucks. In the background are costumes from Rosalind Gabriel's children's Carnival band.

Posted by phototakeouter at 11:31 PM | Comments (3)

This is a great photo. Colorful and full of life. I still remember my first fresh and chilled coconut water in Venezuela a few years ago: I had never drank so refreshing before that!

April 30, 2005 03:47 PM, Massimo

Well spotted. Great expression on his face.

March 23, 2005 05:19 PM, Andreas

That's a really nice shot! The colours are great - I like it a lot!

March 21, 2005 02:22 AM, Marina

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