Desiccated coconut (DC), virgin coconut oil, activated carbon, coco peat, brown fibre, and coir products have long been an export product of importance to Sri Lanka, and has fetched a constant demand worldwide due to its unique characteristics and quality.
Sri Lanka is the biggest exporter on the planet for certain coconut-based products, such as virgin coconut oil and brown fibre.
The European Union and USA are the main markets for Sri Lanka's coconut-based products, followed by Canada, Asia and the Pacific Rim countries such as Australia and New Zealand. The Asian demand comes from countries like Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan and Singapore.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Manufactured from the fresh kernel of the coconut, Sri Lankan virgin coconut oil is highly sought-after in the US, Europe, Japan and South Korea. Sri Lankan Coconut oil is identified as one of the finest products frequently used in the food processing and confectionery industries all over the world.
Coconut is one of the major plantation crops in Sri Lanka which accounts for approximately 12% of all agricultural produce in Sri Lanka.
Total land area under cultivation is 395,000 hectares and about 2,500 million nuts are produced per year.
Desiccated Coconut is a grated, dried (3% moisture content max.), and unsweetened fresh meat or kernel of a mature fruit of coconut. Dessicated Coconuts are graded by its cutting size, for example, fine grade and medium grade where fine grade is smaller particle size than the medium grade.
Production of Desiccated Coconut requires labour, as the removal of coconut husk, shell and skin are done manually, or given the best of current technology, done semi-automatically.
Coconut Oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera).
Coconut water is the clear liquid inside young green coconuts (fruits of the coconut palm). Coconut water has long been a popular drink in the tropical countries where it is available fresh, canned, or bottled.
Coconut Milk Powder
Coconut milk powder is a fine, white powder used in Southeast Asian and other cuisines.
Coconut Milk Liquid
Coconut milk is the liquid that comes from the grated meat of a brown coconut. It should not be confused with coconut water.