virgin coconut oil
The oil is called Virgin because it is extracted from a single press from fresh coconut meat that is grated and dried for a couple of hours at a temperature lower than 40 degrees Celsius.
As there is no second press and the extraction temperatures are low, the yield per kg is much lower than other commercially used processes. This explains the higher price tag for Virgin coconut oil.
Wet processing or centrifugal processing (used by several, cheaper brands) can also yield good quality, clear, Virgin coconut oil, but the moisture content is higher as the coconut milk is also used in the extraction. Due to this the oil has a tendency to turn rancid/fermented.
In the production of Virgin coconut oil the dry processing temperature is maintained at less than 40 degrees Celsius, so there is no chance for the aroma or coconut flavour (volatile molecules) to evaporate. Because the whole process is completed within a couple of hours, the chance for rancidity/fermentation is almost nil.
If an oil claims to be ‘pure’ or ‘Virgin’ and organic, it must retain the smell of fresh coconuts. If it does not have this aroma, it cannot be a Virgin coconut oil.
Three By One Coconut Oil has kept the fresh coconut aroma and taste. It is a RAW oil.