What are the characteristics of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

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What are the characteristics of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Most coconut oils available in the market fall into the following buckets –

  1. Testa Coconut oil;
  2. Copra Coconut oil;
  3. Refined, Bleached, Deodorized Coconut Oil (RBD Coconut Oil);
  4. Whole Kernel Coconut Oil;
  5. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil;

What distinguishes the above oil categories from each other is the way each one is produced.

Coconut Oil Category

Coconut base/input

Drying temperature

Expelling Temperature

Refined, Bleached and Deodorised

Testa Oil

Coconut testa

High above 70 celcius

High above 50 celcius

NO

Copra Oil

Aged/rotten whole kernel (white coconut kernel and testa)

High above 85 celcius

High above 60 celcius

NO

RBD Coconut Oil

Other coconut oil

N/A

N/A

YES

Whole Kernel Coconut Oil

Fresh whole kernel (white coconut kernel and testa)

60-80 celcius

60-70 celcius

NO

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Fresh white coconut kernel

50-60 Celsius (cold-pressed)

45-55 Celsius (cold-pressed)

NO

 

As a result of the variation in the production method, the final output differs in colour, smell, taste, fatty acid %, iodine value and other parameters.

Coconut Oil Category

Colour

Smell

Taste

Nutrients

Free Fatty Acid %

Testa Oil

Yellow

Strong, somewhat acidic

Strong and slightly acidic

Low

>1%

Copra Oil

Pale yellow

Appealing but slightly burnt smell

Appealing but slight burnt milk taste

Low

<1%

RBD Coconut Oil

Yellow to pure white

No smell

No taste

Low

<0.2%

Whole Kernel Coconut Oil

Pale yellow

Appealing but slightly strong smell

Appealing strong milky taste

Good

<1%

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Pure white, sediment free

Mild, appealing coconut smell

Mild milky, appealing taste

Best

<0.2%

 

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil leads the space as the best quality coconut oil in the market. However, as a result of its input - fresh coconut white kernel -, and its production method – cold-pressed drying and expelling – the cost of production of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is the highest amongst coconut oils.    

  

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