EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Kayla Keane CREATIVE DIRECTOR Kayla Keane
KERNEL’S NOTE A great mind once said, “the illiterate of the twenty-first century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” I proved that hypothesis while
EDITOR-AT-LARGE Youlanda Henry
working on this issue. My small team and I worked tirelessly to present coconut facts in a fun and easily digestible way.
It’s now your turn to read and unlearn some of what you thought
about coconuts in this issue. I sincerely hope that you enjoy the
simplistic nature of the design aimed at making navigation easy. The printed edition will be available on May 6.
PHOTOGRAPHY Kayla Keane
Get a copy for posterity!
Kaneil Wisdom I don’t know when the next edition will SPECIAL THANKS
come out but let us choose to
Donna Marie Brown
see the coconut half full, as
opposed to half empty.
Annissa Whyte Alecia Clarke SUBMITTED TO: The University of Technology, Jamaica as a Media Project II assignment developed in Communication Studio VI © 2018.
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Kayla Keane Executive Director (Kernel)
CON TEN TS
Did you know?
Growing Coconuts: From Seedling to Jelly
From Coconuts to Greenbacks: The story of Omar
Shoucair Coconut Yogurt Smoothie
‘Ras’-Di Jelly Man
EXOTICHILD: Adrianna Bryan
Did You Know ? 1. Coconut is the only plant that is a drink and a food, ready to be eaten without preparation. 2. Scientists are conflicted on the origin of Coconuts. 3. The plant’s original name was ‘Coco’, however when it was first introduced in England ‘Nut’, was added. 4. Coconuts grow best in sandy soil,which is why they are always found on beaches. 5. A mature tree can grow up to 30 metres high. 7. The flesh of the coconut is high in protein. 8. Coconut water is packed with electrolytes, a superfood for 5 | Kayla Keane
GROWING COCONUTS :
From Seedling to Jelly
The coconut is truly a miracle
plant. For years, many debates
researchers have proven that it
have ensued about the properties
is a superfood as coconut is the
statutory body for the industry.
of the plant and whether or not it is
only nut that is a food and a drink.
healthy to consume. Despite the
In 1945 Jamaica was gifted the
industry and provides feedback
efforts to discredit its products
Coconut Industry Board (CIB),
to the government on new
which was tasked with the of
developments as soon as necessary.
manufacture, export and import of coconut products and substitutes. Agronomists
coconut farmers on best practices
based on research. These are four steps that farmers follow before you can enjoy the refreshing water or the succulent jelly. Have you ever wondered how coconuts are grown? Let us take a closer look.
STAGE 1 Coconut seedlings are planted in sandy soil in a nursery for four months.
STAGE 2 Coconut seedlings are transplanted into the field, watered and given fertilisers until they mature. This takes up to four years.
STAGE 3 Coconuts are placed into a large steel container and washed in a mixture of bleach and water.
STAGE 4 Coconuts are then dried and placed on a wooden pallet for distribution.
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COCONUT WATER Coconut water is a low calorie drink
antioxidants and electrolytes. It is an excellent drink for athletes and patients who are hypertensive. Additionally, the regular person can indulge to refuel after a long day.
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FROM COCONUTS TO GREENBACKS: Omar Shoucair is a guru of the food industry and has sprinkled his magic all over Kingston, in places like Truck Stop and Street Eats Truck. However sufficient energy remains for his newest initiative, ‘Coco Raw.’ Coco Raw is a juice bar that serves coconut-based smoothies, delectable vegetable salads and other scrumptious treats. It epitomises the warm culture of Jamaica and is a great option for persons who are health conscious. Shoucair, a Jamaican, encourages entrepreneurs to “start small businesses and let the ideas flourish.” A business in Coconut can be very lucrative and the Coconut Industry Board is always willing to assist newbies. The menu includes: regular and flavoured coconut water, Chicken Mango Salad, Man-A-Go Pine Smoothie, their world-famous lemonade, spirulina and much more. When you dine at Coco Raw you are also biting into a piece of history as it is located at the historic Devon House in St.Andrew. Follow them (@cocorawja) on Instagram and visit them at Unit 10, 20 Hope Road, Devon House, Kingston. 10 | COCONUTS
The story of Omar Shoucair
COCONUT YOGURT SMOOTHIE
16 ounces grated coconut 1 cup plain yogurt 12 ounces coconut cream 6 ounces condensed milk 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon almond extract 1 cup ice cubes METHOD 1.Combine the grated coconut, yogurt, coconut cream, condensed milk, almond extract and salt in liquidiser. Blend until the mixture is lump free. Add ice to the mixture and blend until pulverised. (Milk can be added to the mixture if necessary to achieve desired texture.) 2.Garnish and serve immediately with a pinch of nutmeg. [3 Servings]
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MACKEREL RUNDOWN 1 pound salt mackerel 1 cup coconut milk 1 medium onion, sliced 3 cloves garlic, diced 1 medium tomato, diced 1 stalk escallion, chopped 1 scotch bonnet pepper 1 sprig of thyme Pinch of black pepper [4 Servings]
5 ounces unsalted butter 6 ounces granulated sugar Pinch of salt 3 Eggs 2 ounces coconut milk 1 tsp vanilla Shreaded coconut cake flour 1 tbsp baking powder Confectionersâ€™ sugar Whipped buttercream METHOD 1. Pre-heat oven at 180Â° celcius and place cupcake liners inside of muffin pan. 2. Place butter, sugar and salt into a container and whisk until smooth. 3. Add eggs and all other liquids and whisk. 4. Add flour and baking powder and continue to whisk again. 5. Add mixture to cupcake liners and bake for 1520 minutes.
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6. Add whipped buttercream and enjoy.
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5 ounces coconut cream 2 ounces coconut rum 5 ounces pineapple juice 4 coconut water 1 cup ice 1 peg of orange (or lemon) 1 slice of chilled pineapple
METHOD 1.Pour coconut cream, coconut rum, pineapple juice, and coconut water into blender and blend until smooth. 2.Add ice to the mixture. 3. Blend until frosty. 3.Pour into a chilled glass. 4.Garnish and serve.
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COCONUT COMMANDMENTS I
Thou shall oil thy hair with coconut oil to avoid dandruff.
Thou shall drink coconut water twice weekly to avoid hypertension.
Thou shall consume coconut jelly as a snack to substitute for processed food.
Thou shall oil thy skin daily with coconut oil.
Thou shall use the biodegradable coconut shell in horticulture.
Thou shall not be seen with plastic baskets (use your stylish coconut baskets).
VII Thou shall endeavour to start coconut businesses.
VIII Thou shall encourage unbelievers to try coconut products.
Thou shall not cook using coconut powder.
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n a M y l l e Di J David ‘Ras’ Henry
‘Ras’ - Di Jelly Man If you drive pass Jamaica Society for the Blind on Old Hope Road daily you will
which Coconuts are a prominent feature. Henry who is affectionately known as ‘Dave’ or ‘Ras’ started selling from that spot in 2014 to avert the hardships that life had thrown at him. However, he carries out his trade with a pleasant disposition.
“Coconut is a natural ting and di man dem haffi enjoy weh God give wi,” is how Ras, now 55 years old, starts most conversations about the miracle food. “If mi stop sell everything else mi nah stop sell Coconut.” He hastened to add that on days when business is slow Coconuts are always selling.
“Coconut is a natural ting and di man dem haffi enjoy weh Jah give wi”.-David Henry Kayla Keane | 25
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Adrianna Bryan Exotichild is one of the hidden gems that New Kingston boasts. It is the brainchild of Adrianna Bryan (Miss Universe Jamaica 2017 runner-up) and began in 2017. The entity provides a platform for the sale of Jamaican arts and craft and heirloom jewellery. She is always proud to postulate “I taught myself everything I know by watching YouTube, visiting Pinterest, watching movies and observing jewellery that people wear.” Whenever you visit New Kingston take a stop at Exotichild and take home a statement piece for a fraction of the cost by using the discount code below.
Use this coupon code to make a purchase at EXOTICHILD.
“I taught myself everything I know by watching YouTube, visiting Pinterest, watching movies...” -Adrianna Bryan Mother of Exotichild
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NECKLACE AFRICANA This necklace is designed by Adrianna Bryan
tones of Jamaicans. It is made from coral seeds,
coconut rounds and is 18.5 inches long.
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BRACELETS HARMONY BANGLE
Made with beige leather chord, copper wire, coconut shell beads, vintage handmade glass beads and shell beads.
SIMPLY CHUNKY Made with Kuiki seeds (native to Hawaii) and circular coconut shells strung together on durable elastic.
Made with diamond shape dyed coconut shell with pink wooden beads and modern glass beads strung on durable elastic.
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Hand cut coconut shells with faux
Hand cut coconut shells with heart shaped
cheetah fur and vintage glass beads.
natural shells accented with jobâ€™s tears bead.
STATEMENTS Hand cut coconut base with hand-interwined black Jamaican coral with seeds and vintage metal beads strung on a leather strap.
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The University of Technology, Jamaica as a Media Project II assignment developed in Communication Studio VI © 2018. Done by Kayla Keane