Once, before hurracaine Joan, nearly thirty years ago, both Big Corn Island and Little Corn Islands’ main industry was the harvesting and processing of
It is said that the islands produced nearly a million coconuts per month, but
the same hurracaine completely leveled the two islands, totally
destroying the trees, the two presses and the entire Coconut industry in
general. It was afterwards that the people focused the greater part of their
energies to the harvesting of lobster as a commercial source of money.
There are different processes on making the oil.
First the coconuts are gathered each day, husked (the outer fibrous
material is removed), and the outer shell that protecting the
interior meat is removed. After the coconut meat is dried in the oven or in
the sun, if the days are sufficiently dry and hot.When the coconuts
has lost all its water content and
only the oil remains in the coconut, it is call “copra”. The coconut gets
translucid color instead of the white.
The “copra” is first milled in to small pieces
and then pressed into the machine press which then squeezes the oil our
from the coconut using tremendous pressure. The oil flows out like water,
pure and natural. Is is collected in bottles and it is fresh as it can be.
It is also another natural and more rustic way to extract the oil from the
coconuts and without a press, it is the most used on the islands after the big
wind passed by and until the present moment.
After gathering the coconuts, husk them and mill the coconut meat as fine
as possible. After extract the milk from the fine grated coconut meat,
working with the hands and milking away in big drums using
nets to strain the milk.
Build a big fire with all the husks left overs from the coconuts.
Heat that milk until the water evaporates and the oil separates and remains
nice and clear. It have to be enough cooked to have evaporated all
that water and the and making sure does not cooks too much and burns
the good properties. This is
always the most challenging part of the coconut oil maker. To get a nice
smelling and clear oil that last long on the shelf and keeps the nice properties
fresh for longer time.
Both ways to get the coconut oil from our coconuts have medicinal
properties It is good for the skin and the hair, keep away biting sand flies and as an all purposes cooking oil to add a exotic
Caribbean taste to all your favorite food dishes.
When used used in soaps, Coconut oil makes a soap have a very nice and
smooth fine foam, it is said the coconut soaps are very
foamy even in salt water!
This is an non hydrogenated, natural coconut good for both body and spirit
We hope you enjoy this product born and produce in Little Corn Island,
Nicaragua. Thank you.