Going coconuts

coconut drinks copyWhere’s the coconut oil?

It’s the number one question asked of health food shops and now the versatile oil even comes in capsules. Coconut oil can be used in so many different ways internally and externally.

It cleanses dirt and pollution from the skin, strengthens hair, soothes tired feet, moisturises the body and contains anti-bacterial and protective properties, which is why it’s popular for oil pulling.

The Beauty Chef Carla Oates has spent the last 15 years creating beauty products from foods in her kitchen and garden, she also developed Glow Inner Beauty Powder.

The goodwill ambassador of Australian Organic says, “Coconut oil is a one-stop shop beauty product. The added bonus is that you’ll smell like a fragrant island holiday.”

Coconut oil is also the number one oil for frying because it doesn’t become carcinogenic when it’s fried at high temperatures.

Coconut drinks can be used to rehydrate and to replace electrolytes.

You can buy coconut flour, sugar, flakes, syrup, butter, milk, cream and whole … and now it’s even certified organic.

It really is the one food that has it all.

The country’s largest organic certifier, Australian Certified Organic, is processing more applications for coconut products than ever before.

The company’s Joanne Barber says, “In the last two years, we’ve received a considerable increase in interest from companies wanting to certify their coconut oil.”

Most of the interest comes from Australian and New Zealand companies that manage farms in Fiji.

Family-owned Nature Pacific is riding on the back of this organic coconut craze. It’s on track to hit 70% growth in its Banaban organic coconut oil range.

The company’s Brynley King says, “The demand is there because of the added piece of mind that you are purchasing something organically grown without the use of pesticides and chemicals.

“Australian Certified Organic has very strict guidelines and companies like ourselves get audited once a year, right down to every batch and product we manufacture. We can trace every litre of our Banaban Organic Virgin Coconut Oil to the day it was picked and processed.”

Nature Pacific also sells to Hong Kong, New Zealand and Germany, and soon the United States.

It’s also one of the first companies to get approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration to sell coconut oil capsules for health benefits.

If you love cooking with coconut you will love this delicious recipe.

Looking for other coconut flour, sugar, oil and creams?

Elaeis Organic
Loving Earth
Organic Road
Spiral Foods
Absolute Organics
Merit Food Products Co. (Thailand)