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Coconut Oil: Extra-Virgin or Virgin?

This question still remains popular. Coconut Oil: Extra-Virgin or Virgin?

At Nutiva, our goal has always been to source the purest possible coconut oil and provide you and your family with the freshest and most high-quality product. We have our own quality standard and commitment that we’ve conveyed by using the term “extra virgin” on our labels. However, you’ll notice with our new look, that we are now using the term “virgin” to describe our coconut oil rather than “extra virgin.” Despite this change, our quality commitment and process remain the same.

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Coconut Oil: Extra-Virgin or Virgin?

  • We choose fresh coconuts that meet pre-determined sensory requirements that guarantee the best flavor, scent, and purity.
  • Our virgin coconut oil is cold-pressed from fresh and mature coconut meat; no heat is used.
  • Our virgin coconut oil is in its purest form – unrefined, unbleached and non-deodorized.

This process ensures that the smooth flavor, vital nutrients, and delicate fats are retained.

We embraced the term “extra virgin coconut oil” to distinguish our dedication to the highest quality. In the USA, there is no legal definition or standard for the term, “extra virgin” as it applies to coconut oil. In other countries, however, there are standards of identity regarding the term. For example, in Canada, we have always labeled our same high-quality coconut oil as “organic virgin coconut oil,” to comply with regulations. As Nutiva continues to grow and offer our coconut oil to more countries with varying regulations, we want to create consistency across all our labels. For this reason, we will be using the term “organic virgin coconut oil” going forward, but our high-quality product and processes will remain the same. You will see this change on our new packaging that will appear on shelves in early 2014.

Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

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  1. Detroit says:

    Nutivia says their coconut oil is cold-pressed but have failed to disclose whether or not it was done by either a low temperature or high temperature. At least I was unable to locate it. So which temperature is used?

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Hi there! Our virgin coconut oil is processed at <170 degrees. Fresh coconut meat is ground and conveyed through a hot-air dryer within several hours of shelling, then cold pressed. We hope this information helps!

  2. Noma Cissell says:

    What is the shelf life for your organic coconut oil?

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Hi Noma – Please refer to the individual product jar for exact expiration date. Thank you!

  3. Abdelrahman says:

    Greetings
    So my question is, do you extract the oil from the fresh coconut meat before drying the meat(wett milling processes) or you dry the meat first before extraction

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      We choose fresh coconuts that meet pre-determined sensory requirements to guarantee the best flavor, scent and purity. Nutiva’s Virgin Coconut Oil is cold-pressed from fresh and mature coconut meat. It is in its purest form – unrefined, unbleached and non-deodorized. This process ensures that the smooth flavor, vital nutrients, and delicate fats are retained.

  4. helen says:

    Dear Nutiva
    i bought two tubs of organic VCO 1.6L from the iherb.com website online. Awesome smell of fresh coconuts. Just want to check with you, why there is a layer of brown sediments at the bottom of the tub of oil…i am from malaysia. In our hot climate, the VCO is a clear. liquid and donot solidify, which is good. Should i be concerned of this thin brow layer of sludge at the bottom of the oil. A quick response would greatly be appreciated.
    Thank you and regards,
    helenho

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Hi Helen! Any brown coloration is natural to the coconut. Immediately after harvesting, the creamy white meat of the coconut is scooped out of the shell by hand, and sometimes part of the shell can get into the oil. If you’re concerned, we recommend reaching out to our Customer Service Team at help@nutiva.com. We hope this helps!

  5. Ronald says:

    I want to buy Nutiva products for me and my frineds because Nutiva coconut products are Kosher certified. Where is it possible to see the valid Kosher certificate?

    1. Nutiva Team Nutiva says:

      Hi Ronald! We encourage you to contact our Customer Service Team at help@nutiva.com so they can answer your question regarding Kosher certification. Thanks!

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