“A long time ago, a young girl called Hina was of real beauty due to her sun kissed skin and silky hair. She was meant to marry the prince of eels. Frightened by the physique of her suitor, who had a gigantic body and an enormous head, Hina ran away and took refuge in the house of the fishing God – Hiro.
The latter was dazzled by the beauty of Hina and touched by her history, so he took one of the young woman’s hairs and with it fished the approaching eel. Hiro cut up the prince of eels and wrapped his head in leaves. Before dying, the eel said to Hina: “of all the Men who hate me, including you Hina, you will one day kiss me to thank me. I will die, but my prediction is eternal.”.
Hiro entrusted the head of the eel to Hina and then advised her:
“Hina, girl of beauty, you can return to your family and there, you will destroy this head. But throughout your journey do not put it on the ground because then the curse of the eel will come true.”
On her way back, the beautiful young woman and her followers who accompanied her, became tired and decided to take a bath in the river, forgetting the warning of the God Hiro. The eel’s head which had been put on the ground penetrated the earth, and from it a large tree was born, with a long trunk just like an immense eel, and with foliage similar to hair; the coconut tree had just been born.
Hina was then condemned by the Gods to remain close to this river because the tree had become taboo… Life went on until the day when a terrible dryness struck the lands and during which only the coconut resisted the sun. Thus, in spite of the God’s prohibition to touch this tree, men picked its fruit full of clear and nutritive water. Each fruit was marked with 3 dark spots laid out like two eyes and a mouth on which the men put their lips in order to drink the coconut water… Hina did the same thing… And the prophecy of the prince of eels had just come true.” (Source: http://tahitinuitravel.com/destination/the-coconut-tree-legend/)
It is a beautiful story, isn’t it? Coconut tree became known to Europe during the great exploration years, when mainly Spanish and Portuguese sailors tried to find a faster way to India and landed to the Caribbean.
My husband loves coconut and always asks me to make cookies or a sweet with it. Since we are in the heart of summer I thought that an ice cream would be the perfect dessert and if it made with coconut would be even better. It is very easy and you’ll love every scoop of it!
- 230 gr. / 8 oz. cold whole milk
- 150 gr. / 5.3 oz. sugar
- 7 tbsp finely ground coconut
- 100 gr. / 3.5 oz. Chocolate chips
- 455 gr. / 16 oz. cold heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Whisk together the milk, sugar and ground coconut until the sugar is dissolved.
- Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla.
- Pour in ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions.
- Stir chocolate chips into soft ice cream, and either serve immediately or place it in a container and freeze for at least two hours.
- Take it out about 15-20 minutes before serving to be able to scoop and serve.
- 230 γρ. γάλα κρύο
- 150 γρ. ζάχαρη
- 7 κ.σ. τριμμένη καρύδα
- 455 κρέμα γάλακτος 35% λιπαρά
- 1 κ.γ. εκχύλισμα βανίλιας
- 100 γρ. Σταγόνες σοκολάτας
- Χτυπήστε ελαφρά μαζί το γάλα, τη ζάχαρη και την καρύδα μέχρι να διαλυθεί η ζάχαρη.
- Ανακατεύετε μέσα την κρέμα γάλακτος και τη βανίλια.
- Ρίξτε το μίγμα στην παγωτομηχανή και ακολουθήστε τις οδηγίες του κατασκευαστή.
- Ανακατέψτε τις σταγόνες σοκολάτας στο μαλακό παγωτό, και είτε σερβίρετε αμέσως ή τοποθετήστε το σε ένα δοχείο και παγώστε το για τουλάχιστον δύο ώρες.
- Περίπου 15-20 λεπτά πριν το σερβίρισμα βγάλτε το από την κατάψυξη για να μαλακώσει και να μπορέσετε να το σερβίρετε.