Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is known for its many uses in the food, cosmetic, and nutritional supplement industries. Coconut oil is extracted from the copra (meat) of fresh coconuts. Coconut oil is naturally high in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) and lauric acid, providing a range of benefits and versatile applications. Coconut oil can be consumed as a supplement, used topically or used in cooking and baking.

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To grow the coconut tree, first a fresh coconut that still has its husk on is soaked in water for 2 to 3 days. The soaked coconut is then planted in well-drained soil, with 1/3rd of the coconut above the soil. The seedling appears after 3 to 6 months. The coconut tree takes approximately 7 years to grow, and has a long life span of 80 to 90 years. When the coconut matures, farmers collect the coconut from the tree. The oil is obtained from the meat found inside mature coconuts.