Is Dried Coconut a Valuable Commodity?

By: Dried Coconuts Filed Under: Uncategorized Posted: December 19, 2012

Absolutely, yes, dried coconut is a valuable commodity and the future looks promising now that coconuts have begun to go mainstream and are considered to be healthy food.

In fact, two coconut processes companies in Brazil have been purchased by major distributors in the USA. One was purchased by Pepsi Cola and the other by Coca Cola.

Both companies have introduced coconut water based beverages in America, Europe and Australia.  Now that TetPak aseptic packaging paper has become readily available you can expect to see an increase in both the demand for and the production and distribution of coconut products of all sorts. That is because the packaging can extend the shelf life of dried coconut and even coconut water.

It is the white flesh of the coconut that is called copra which is dried commercially and distributed all around the world from a handful of tropical countries.  They produce dried coconut and ship it in various forms: shredded, flaked, grated, powdered. Many people refer to dried coconut as desiccated coconut which is an appropriate description of the food.

Did you know the two biggest sales items from copra are dried coconut and coconut oil? You see when you press the fresh white coconut flesh you get some liquids that can be useful,coconut cream and coconut oil, though coconut oil is also extracted from the base of the leaves! Read the label on your margarine or your soaps, chances are good there is some coconut oil in there.

Isn’t it amazing how many different uses there are for these lovely coconut palm trees that symbolize life in a tropical paradise? The scientific name for coconut is Cocos nucifera. It comes in tall or dwarf sizes and commercial growers prefer the more productive tall tree. So do tourists. This palm tree is known as the Tree of Life with good reason. All parts of it can be used in some manner, from the husks to the leaves and roots as well as the coconut itself that we recognize. In fact, the multiple uses of the coconut palm tree grown commercially provides employment for many rural communities in the tropics.

It does take some patience to become a producer of dried coconut. The trees take about 7 years to mature and flower and then produce coconuts. Each year a healthy palm tree may produce from 70 to 150 coconuts. This is significant when you realize the trees are likely to remain productive for 50- 100 years. A dried coconut producer is in for a long life for the business, especially since the demand for coconut products is growing worldwide.

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