Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - 14 oz. (414 ml)
Add excitement to your favorite dishes-and promote a healthy lifestyle-with Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Harvested from exclusive coconut palms in Sri Lanka, Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is a 100% organic, trans fat free oil that can be used as an all-natural, flavorful, and energy packed, butter alternative. The unique flavors of Kelapo Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil turn any ordinary meal into a truly indulgent experience.
Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil:
- Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
- Vegetarian Certified
- Fair Trade Approved
- Amber Glass Jars with Gold Metal Lid
Kelapo harvest their coconuts from the lush, tropical island of Sri Lanka. Their fair trade farmers collect the fruit at its peak ripeness, and extract the extra virgin coconut oil through a cold expeller press. Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is 100% natural, unrefined, certified organic and Fair Trade Approved.
They choose to use amber colored glass jars for aesthetic appeal. The amber color represents the brown coloring of a coconut shell, while the coconut oil is a stark, bright white on the inside, like the coconut meat. Amber containers also help reduce light to the coconut oil and help maintain the freshness and shelf life.
Used for centuries by the indigenous people of the South Pacific, the truth about coconut oil is out. Extra virgin coconut oil can be used as a healthy replacement for butter and oils.
Check out all the benefits of coconut oil for yourself. Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil your new secret ingredient for cooking and baking! Every part of the coconut lends itself to a practical use, thus making it one of the most versatile fruits in nature.
In particular, the all-natural oil derived from fresh coconuts can be used in a wide variety of applications:
Cooking: Bye, bye butter. Use Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil where you would normally use butter. Favorites are on toast, bread, potatoes, popcorn and more. Leave your coconut oil in the pantry for a smooth, spreadable consistency.
Baking: When recipes call for butter, vegetables oils and other hydrogenated oils that contain trans fat, reach instead for Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Their recommendation is to warm the coconut oil until it is in a liquid state. Then measure out the amount called for by the recipe. Use a 1 to 1 ratio. Your favorite pastries will be moist and tasty! Also, instead of spraying your cookie sheet or cupcake tins with a non-stick spray, try using coconut oil for a little extra coconut taste.
Sautéing: Vegetables are great when they are sautéed in extra virgin coconut oil. Place a tablespoon of Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil in your sauce pan on low heat and then add your favorite vegetables. For slightly less coconut taste, heat the coconut oil for longer before adding additional ingredients.
Cats & Dogs Love Coconut Oil
Pets LOVE coconut oil! Owners report that giving their pets coconut oil improves breath, skin itching, and "overall pet smell." Coconut oil can also increase your pet’s energy level and supports a healthy metabolism.
Add solid or liquid coconut oil to your dog or cat’s food. Begin with ½ teaspoon per 10 lbs of body weight and gradually increase to 1 tsp per 10 lbs daily. Kelapo can also be applied topically to cuts, wounds, infected ears, fungal infections, bites, and stings.
The Natural Substitute - Bye Bye Butter!
Extra virgin coconut oil is comprised of medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs, that you could say are the most recognized ingredients of plant based saturated fats. The most recognizable of all the MCTs is lauric acid. Besides extra virgin coconut oil, lauric acid is found in breast milk. Rich in antioxidants, lauric acid and other MCTs, may help the body absorb important nutrients and minerals, eliminate harmful bacteria, and fight the signs of aging.
Professional athletes have long been using coconut oil as fuel to build lean muscle. Adding coconut oil to a smoothie, can increase your feeling of fullness and satiety for longer periods of time. Some people have even reported the ability to burn more energy and achieve greater workout results after the use of extra virgin coconut oil.
Mediterranean diets receive lots of attention for the connection between health and the use of olive oil. In tropical countries where coconut oil has been consumed daily for hundreds of years, similar reports of overall health are beginning to be reported as well.
Lastly, scientific research is further looking into the connection between extra virgin coconut oil and brain function. Over time, glucose inhibitors can limit the amount of energy to the brain, causing a decrease in cognitive function. Consuming regular amounts of coconut oil however, can lead to ketone production, and the brain uses ketones as energy when glucose is not present, helping restore brain activity.
Coconut Oil Versus The Alternative
Coconut oil is new to many people but it is much like olive oil. Extra virgin coconut oil is extracted from the meat on the insides of the coconut through a cold-expeller press. The coconut oil is a stark, bright white color and has a fresh coconut smell. The taste profile of coconut oil is light and sweet, with subtle hints of actual coconut. The flavor is wonderfully versatile in both savory and sweet dishes. What surprises most people is that coconut oil can change between a liquid and solid state very easily. Whenever the temperature is above 76 degrees Fahrenheit, coconut oil will be liquid. Below 76, coconut oil is a solid. Coconut oil differs from olive oil, in that most of the fats in coconut oil are saturated fats, such as lauric acid, but coconut oil benefits from not having trans fat or cholesterol.
The question must be answered, which is healthier for me: olive oil or coconut oil cooking? Well the answer isn’t clear cut. Both coconut oil and olive oil contain 120 calories per tablespoon. All of the calories in both oils come from fats. Neither of the oils contain trans fat or cholesterol. The one glaring difference is the saturated vs. unsaturated fat contents. Saturated fat was once considered bad for you but research is now being conducted to suggest that plant-based saturated fats, like coconut oil, may not have the same negative effects of animal based saturated fats, like butter. Another smaller known difference between coconut oil and olive oil is the smoke point. Unrefined olive oil has a lower smoke point than unrefined coconut oil and thus isn’t the ideal oil for higher temperatures. Oils can break down beyond their smoke points which starts to change the molecular structure and integrity of the oil.
Overall, coconut and olive oil are very similar yet still very different. Don’t give up your olive oil but don’t ignore coconut oil either. Looking at the people who have been using coconut oil for generations can lead us to believe that there may be some link between eating natural unrefined oils and your health, ie the South Pacific and Mediterranean diets. While olive oil is good for cold dishes, like salads, coconut oil is great for stir fry and also for baking. How will you use coconut oil recipes in your kitchen?
Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is cold pressed from fresh coconut meat (also known as copra), that is harvested from organically cultivated coconut palms, grown exclusively on Fair Trade farms on the island of Sri Lanka.
Coconuts are harvested year round, but maximum yields fall in the April-July period. Coconut growers harvest coconuts every 6-8 weeks. Harvesting is done by groups of contractors who carry long bamboo poles equipped with knives and cut the ripe fruit bunches from the treetops. Very tall trees are harvested by specialized workers who carefully climb the trees and retrieve the coconuts.
Farm workers then collect nuts in piles. Freshly harvested coconuts must mature for about 3 weeks until the white kernel can be easily removed from the hard coconut shell. After maturation, the fresh coconut meat is completely air dried and the oils are pressed out mechanically and collected. Because we harvest pure unrefined coconut oil, there is no need to apply heat or chemical elements during the cold expellar pressed process.
Practices of the farmers Kelapo sources from include the use of non-chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. They also include maintenance and improvement of soil fertility, weed control and pest control by natural means. Their growers are provided with custom made compost that meets the nutrient needs of coconut palms. Mulch is also used that contains coconut leaves and fronds, which provide high levels of potassium needed by the trees for fruit production.
As is common with tree crops in the tropics, many growers had in the past neglected to maintain the soil fertility of their estates, and yields had declined over time to typically 2500 nuts per acre, per year. Over a three to five year period, the use of organic practices will, on the average, increase that yield to some 4,000 nuts per acre, per year. An average coconut palm can produce 75 to 200 nuts per year and live to be up to 100 years old.
Even in transport, they employ practices that are supporting the sustainability of our environment. Their shipments are packaged in special totes that can store as much as two to six drums in 20% less space. Plus, the totes contain no metal and are completely recyclable and biodegradable.
The IMO is a third-party inspection agency that guarantees human rights during all stages of production, good and fair working conditions and fair shares for small farmers.
Currently, Kelapo works with a collection of farmers, organized through Serendipol Private Limited. Their farms are ranked on a numerical scale for social issues (hired labor), fair trade issues, and environmental issues. They are proud to say that Serendipol far exceeds the minimum required points for certification on each of the three categories. Serendipol is an enterprise that always focuses on good working conditions and organic production.
Additionally, the "Fair for Life" premium they pay on all coconut oil purchased from Sri Lanka, supports a wide range of community development projects, including worker’s welfare, education, and health care.
Vegetarian Friendly Processing
Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Softgels are vegetarian approved by The Vegetarian Society. Based out of the UK, the Vegetarian Society, is the oldest vegetarian organization in the world. Kelapo's products are free from animal parts, contain no eggs or dairy, free from genetically modified organisms, cruelty free, and are not cross contaminated during the production process.
Look for the Vegetarian Approved logo on all Kelapo products. Remember, Kelapo Coconut Softgels, are the first and only vegetarian approved coconut softgel on the market.
Since opening for business, Kelapo has focused on providing the market’s highest quality extra virgin coconut oil. Each of their products is a direct reflection of their commitment to wholesome, sustainable living. They personally base their healthy lifestyle around organic nutrition, regular exercise, and natural remedies. One way they do this is by incorporating coconut oils into their own everyday recipes and routines and they take great joy in making their benefits available to friends, family, and customers.
With each and every jar, they strive to deliver the freshest, highest quality coconut oil and ensure the fair and ethical treatment of the farmers who cultivate it. As one of the first Fair Trade coconut oil food products on the market, their products are 100% organic, vegetarian and free of trans fats. Plus, they incorporate eco-friendly practices to protect and preserve the planet’s natural resources.
Elephant Cake Statue
Why did they choose an elephant to represent Kelapo? Elephants are a symbol of wisdom and extreme intelligence. Aristotle once said they passed all other animals in "mind and wit." Elephants mind’s are so sharp that they are said to never forget. There are many stories of family members remembering each other more than 20 years since they last saw one another. Their intelligence is thought to rival dolphins and primates and in the case of female elephants, the older the elephant, the stronger her memory. Elephants are found throughout the South Pacific and have been a worshiped symbol in the Hindu religion and Asians cultures. Plus, elephants with their trunks turned up have been a long held symbol of good luck. So how could they not use a good luck, brainiac, elephant as the mascot for Kelapo?!