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Quite a lot of the time I'm able to get large parts of seeds by hitting the shell against the ground. This causes bigger cracks in the shell than the seed, I can then pry off the outer layer. However, I've never been able to get a whole seed this way.

The only other ways I can think of would be dissolving it in an acid or using abrasion, but I do not know if these would work.

What is the best method of removing the dark outer shell from a coconut without damaging the inner white seed?

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Lasers probably also work, but that's more on an industrial scale. –  Peter Taylor Nov 21 '12 at 22:38

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What inner white seed?

How the professionals do it:

Comparison between professional & hobbyist:

How the dainty hobbyists do it (tch, tch, tch):

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As far as I know, it goes: Pith, Shell, Seed. The seed (or endosperm) part is made up of the white fleshy meat and the liquid. –  Annan Nov 22 '12 at 1:42
Yes, the white flesh is part of the seed, though people usually just call it coconut meat. –  Jefromi Nov 22 '12 at 19:17

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