Coconut preparation

Coconuts were included in the rations that workers on the coconut planations on Chagos received in part-exchange for their labour, and coconuts were a major part of the islanders' diet. This exhibit shows the steps to dehusk and crack open coconut shells into two equal halves, how to use the rap koko to grate the flesh from halved coconuts, and how to press the flesh with water and strain the milk in preparation for making coconut-based dishes. It features images of Chagos islanders in the UK demonstrating coconut preparation to younger Chagossians.