I decided that letting it sprout would just result in a year or more of extra work (trying to keep the plant alive) if it even worked, so time to eat!
Well, at least get the nut out. The husk was darkening, making it look like it was ripening (or rotting?). No, not rotting -- this thing is getting hard!
After watching a few YouTube videos, I decided on using these tools:
The butter knife did a nice job of relatively safely scoring the husk, and the heavy cleaver was good for prying.
That first piece was the hardest one to get out.
After just 20 minutes of strenuous effort, it was time to eat some fresh coconut!
Nope, not even close. I suppose I'll put 5-10 minutes into this project at a time, and maybe sometime tomorrow or the day after I'll have a clean coconut.
Pretty interesting though. Coir!
I'll never say that pomegranates are too much work again!