Monday, February 8, 2010

Tropical Traditions: Virgin Coconut Oil Review

A couple of weeks ago, I was blessed to receive a 32 oz. jar of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Standard Virgin Coconut Oil.

What is Gold Label Standard Virgin Coconut Oil you ask?

From the website:
This Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is a truly unrefined coconut oil. This coconut oil is made on Mt. Banahaw and surrounding areas from organic coconuts. Coconuts are used fresh (within 24-48 hours of harvest) from small family farms on Mt. Banahaw and other rural places in Quezon Province, the coconut capital of the Philippines. Only the highest quality coconuts are hand-picked from each harvest. The volcanic soil of Mt. Banahaw makes these organic coconuts some of the most nutritionally rich coconuts in the world! Testing done in independent laboratories reveals higher levels of phenolic antioxidants than other coconut oils. The fresh coconut meat is shredded (wet milled), and then cold-pressed using the water from inside the coconuts to make coconut milk. The milk is then allowed to sit for about half a day, while the oil naturally separates from the heavier water. The oil is then filtered from the curds (coconut solids). No chemical or high-heat treatment is used, and this oil contains no trans fatty acids. We do NOT mass produce this oil. It is made by families who are coconut farmers using old-fashioned traditional methods that have been used in the Philippines for hundreds of years. Our coconut trees and family producers are certified organic according to strict USDA standards. The families who produce the oil are also trained according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards and re-certified each year. This high-grade Virgin Coconut Oil has a long shelf life due to the high antioxidant properties. The Gold Label standard is our highest standard for Virgin Coconut Oil.

I have used it several times and I'm very impressed. It leaves a very fresh, clean, and slightly coconut-flavoured impression. For me, using the Gold label Standard Virgin Coconut Oil was the best choice I've ever made when frying seafood!
Battered Shrimp and Tilapia are two of my favourites and frying in Coconut Oil is so complimentary to them both. Light is IN, folks!

I also used the Coconut Oil as a substitute for vegetable oil in baking an Apple-Spice cake this week. It really made a noticeable difference. The cake was lighter, tastier and very moist. Even to the point where my child asked what I'd done differently!

So, how is oil made from Coconuts? Ah, just read on and you'll find out!

Tropical Traditions makes Coconut Oil using the traditional Filipino method.
From the website:
The method used by Mt. Banahaw Health Products Corp. in the Philippines, whose oil is marketed exclusively by Tropical Traditions as their Gold Label standard, is the traditional fermentation method. "Fermentation" here is defined as the natural separation of the coconut oil from water using gravity. No machine or other substances are used in the extraction. First, coconut milk is expressed from the freshly harvested coconuts by using the pure water that is present inside the coconuts. The coconut milk is then allowed to sit for approximately half a day. During this time, the heavier water separates from the oil by sinking to the bottom, while the lighter coconut solids float to the top (curds). In between the coconut solids and the water is a crystal clear coconut oil that is completely unrefined. The oil is then slightly heated (less than boiling temperatures) for a short time (5 -15 minutes depending on air temperatures) to remove any remaining moisture, and then filtered. The result is a clear coconut oil that retains the distinct scent and taste of coconuts. This is a traditional method of coconut oil extraction that has been used in the Philippines for hundreds, if not thousands of years.

I can highly recommend Tropical Tradition's Gold Label Standard Virgin Coconut Oil! Once you've tried it, you won't be satisfied with anything else. Don't accept imitators, either. This IS the real deal.

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DISCLOSURE: We received one free 32. oz jar of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Standard Virgin Coconut Oil for purpose of review. We were under no obligation to review this product. We received no monetary compensation.
Our views and opinions are based on personal use and experience.

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