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We use coconuts from a single area and single producer, which means it's not blended with different oils from a variety of places. The coconuts used for our oil are no older than 45 days, which is the harvest cycle in the area where the farmers collect them.
The coconuts are grown in an agroforestry environment with its ecosystem that avoids the use of artificial fertilisers and encourages a reliance on organic farming methods, all of which is so much better for the environment.
This approach benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock. It allows agricultural and forestry technologies to create more diverse, productive, profitable, healthy and sustainable land-use systems.
The production plant is dedicated to processing only coconuts. To extract the oil, the good, matured, fresh, whole, organic coconuts are shelled and pared to remove the outer shell and brown skin.
The white meat is then milled / ground to fine granules and dried for an average of 2 hours and 30 minutes, at a temperature of approx. 104 - 113 F ( that's 40 -45 C).
After drying, the white meat is made to pass through a customised cold process expeller where the oil is extracted from the white meat, again, at a controlled temperature of 104 - 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
The solid residue is sacked and sold as feed component or is further processed using a pulverising machine to produce coconut flour by passing through a fine mesh sieve. This is used for baking as a substitute to wheat flour (recommendation - use 15-25% in place of other flours).
The oil is collected in a receiving pan and pumped through a centrifuge, to remove the moisture and then a filter press (series of filter clothes) which results in a water clear coconut oil - known commercially as VIRGIN COCONUT OIL.
The filtered, virgin oil is temporarily stored in a day tank and made to pass through a polishing filter (micro filter) before it is eventually packed in drums. Lucy Bee then imports the drums into Europe for bottling at our Manchester Grade A BRC plant.
The following specifications are observed as standards for the Virgin Coconut Oil:
We firmly believe people should have total confidence in the integrity, quality and healthiness of their food. As a result, every batch of Lucy Bee Extra Virgin Fair Trade Organic Raw Coconut oil is tested by a top UK laboratory.
The reports are available below.