ViRGIN COCONUT OIL
PURITY & ABSORPTION
Virgin Coconut Oil in its purest of forms is easily identified as it is crystal clear or rather it is similar to water. In other words it has a clear water appearance. In fact, Virgin Coconut Oil shall be colourless, sediment free. Therefore high quality virgin coconut oil should be snow-white in colour when it is solid and water clear when liquid.
Be aware that discolouration is a sign of excessive heating during processing.
Contamination can be from mould or smoke residue. Smoke residue is caused by heating over a fire during processing to remove moisture from the oil. Some high quality organic virgin coconut oils use other advanced methods to remove moisture without heating the oil.
Pure Virgin Coconut Oil can be easily identified by applying a sample on to your skin and see if it absorbs well. If it does, that is when you know you are buying a 100% pure virgin coconut oil that is good for both your skin and even to use in food that you consume.
Virgin coconut oil has a very low melting point: 24–26 ° C, an average of 25 ° C.
*Note: In any type of coconut oil the melting point will be the same unless it is adulterated.
If you are in a tropical country, or in a country where the temperature is above 26° C, how you can test the melting point of your VCO is very simple. You just leave the bottle of coconut oil in an environment below 24°C it should solidify.
*Note, how much solid the oil gets, depends on the volume of coconut oil bottle that you let to freeze. The bigger the VCO volume is, the smaller the content of VCO that solidifies inside the bottle.
AROMA & FLAVOUR
Virgin coconut oil has a light aroma, not intense, which gives coconut oil its distinctive aroma and flavour. In fact pure virgin coconut oil should have a mild coconut smell and taste. If not, they have been highly refined. If they have no flavour they are essentially RBD (Refined Bleached & Deodorised) oil, even if they did come from fresh coconut.
Some virgin coconut oils have a very strong flavour or smell. This usually indicates a poor quality oil because the smell and taste comes mainly from contamination and not coconut. Beware of oils that do not taste and smell like fresh coconut.
Many virgin coconut oils use some type of heat in processing. Often smoke from the heating process contaminates the oil giving it a roasted or smoky smell and taste. Some of these contaminated oils smell like roasted coconut and taste like ash. If the oil has a roasted smell and a sweet flavour it had been caramelised as a result of processing at a very high temperature which ruins the nutrition.
The very best virgin coconut oils do not have a strong roasted or smoky taste or smell. They should have a very mild coconut aroma and flavour. The flavour should not be overpowering, but just mild enough to enjoy without overpowering the flavour of the foods it is used with.