Welcome to kube-ology 101. Kube-ology is the study of kube (coconut) and kube-ology 101 is a series of kube lessons that will be given on Wo Se Ekyir from time to time, starting today. In this course, I will bring you mini-lessons that I learn about kube in my bid to become a kube-meister by talking to kube sellers and people who learned about it from growing up in coastal villages in Ghana. I am willing to bet that you will not find this information anywhere else on the internet, but I encourage you to try to find such information and if you succeed, to share your new found knowlege with other course members (Wo Se Ekyir readers). Now on to today's lesson as passed on to you from the Nzema-speaking kube seller from whom I bought 3 kubes this morning on the road leading from East-Legon to the Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) in Madina. It is the road infront of Trinity Theological Seminary, Mikesh Natural Hair Salon and Uche's Place (a nigerian restaurant)
To ensure that you remember the main points, I will tell you a story that perfectly illustrates the points.
This morning, on my way to gym I was hungry, but I wanted something healthy so I passed by all the kooko sellers I saw and stopped instead when I saw a man selling kubes packed in a wheel-barrow.
Perfect! I asked him how much it cost even though I already knew that the current market price for kube is 40 pesewas. "40 pesewas" he replied. It turned out that I had about 1.3 cedis in coins so I asked him to give me 2, but to cut the top off only one of them (so I could drink the kube right there),
as I would take the second along with me. He did as I had asked, but i finished drinking the sweet kube juice in only two gulps. I complained that the kube had too little juice and that my thirst/hunger was not satisfied by the small amount of juice. Simply put, aanso me. I told him to break the third kube and this time, I noticed that the kube had plenty juice but that the juice did not taste as sweet as the first one. I asked why, and the kube-meister said that the mature kube's are the ones that have the tougher core or white part that is usually sold with boiled corn in Ghana (and shown in photo),
but the mature kube does not have much juice in it, just as I had just noticed. The younger kubes on the other hand have the soft core, and more juice that doesn't taste as sweet. I found what he told me absolutely fascinating, but I was so excited that I didn't think too much about it. Later when I was alone and back on the road to the gym, I wondered how he was able to pick out the kube with more juice for me, but there was no one to ask. So I'll end the lesson by asking the question: If you have coconuts in a wheel-barrow, how would you be able to separate the mature ones (with little but sweeter juice) from the young ones (which have more juice that's not as sweet) ? Readers, try to find the answer to the question. I will do the same and we'll discuss by posting comments. Until our next kube-ology lesson, this has been your enthusiastic kube-meister-in-training.