Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil
Nutiva organic coconut oil is an organic, extra-virgin type of coconut oil made here in the Philippines, the world’s most prolific supplier of coconut oil.
Is it really organic? I have no problems believing that claim.
It carries the USDA Organic seal, the international gold standard for organic certification.
Almost all, if not all, coconuts being grown here are “inherently” organic.
Even if coconut palms need man-made fertilizers (which they DON’T), the local farmers who produce most of the coconuts simply can not afford them.
Manufacturers add the word “extra” to express that their product is superior to Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO). But the truth is, “extra-virgin” coconut oil is a myth.
Unlike the olive oil industry, the coconut oil industry has no official guidelines, yet, for what makes a coconut oil product “virgin,” let alone “extra virgin.” At the end of the day, this is just a marketing tactic. Be that as it may…
I can say that Nutiva organic coconut oil is one of the best out there.
As far as I can tell, its aroma, flavor, and color show no signs of adulteration.
Virgin or organic coconut oil should be water white in color and have that mild to mildly intense, fresh coconut scent and taste. Nutiva has them all!
Some manufacturers use dried whole coconuts or copra that “require” refining as their raw material. As a result, the oil becomes either bland (odorless and flavorless), or the exact opposite (strong aroma and flavor).
Nutiva only uses fresh mature coconuts, not copra, to make their oil. And according to them, they never let the opened coconuts sit for more than a day before extracting the oil. This is important because in order to retain the distinct fresh coconut scent and taste, the oil must be extracted or pressed within just a few hours, preferably right away.
In my opinion, the company produces one of the best virgin coconut oil products in existence.
As a believer in operating an earth-friendly business, Nutiva even returns 1 percent of their revenues to sustainable agriculture. It’s hard to go wrong when you do business with a company like this.
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