virgin . from the whole kernel
Sri Lanka agriculture
- 100 % organic virgin coconut oil from the whole nut
- from NATURLAND-certified organic cultivation
- highest premium quality from Sri Lanka
- not refined, not hardened, not bleached, not deodorised
- tested for residues by specialist laboratories in Germany
- VEGAN and lactose free
- contains 49.5 g lauric acid per 100 g
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Our coconut oil from the whole kernel is a premium quality product and has an exquisite taste. It is gently produced from the meat of freshly harvested coconuts, including the thin brown skin around the kernel. Compared to our pure white virgin coconut oil from peeled kernels, it has a creamier colour and a more intense flavour. Our coconut oil from the whole kernel is vegan, unhardened, undeordorised and versatile in its use.
Our coconut oil also has a significant nutritious value: Despite its high content of saturated fatty acids, coconut oils mainly contain medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). The MCT lauric acid makes up almost half of the content of fatty acids in coconut oil (49.5 g per 100 g). It is nutritious for adults and children and is, among other things, an integral component of breast milk. Combined with diverse cooking, coconut oil can contribute to a healthy diet.
Fully ripe coconuts are a highly nutritious food. They are rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals and phenolic compounds. The edible coconut pulp contains around 45 % water, 35 % coconut fat, 9 % fibre, 5 % carbohydrates, 5 % protein and 1 % vitamins and minerals.
7How to use coconut oil
- 1for frying, baking, steaming and deep-frying
Coconut oil is ideally suited for use at high temperatures and due to its special composition of fatty acids very heat-resistant. mehr
- 2as substitute for butter
Coconut oil contains protein, vitamins, minerals and fibre. Thanks to its creamy consistency, it is perfect as a spread or as alternative to butter.
- 3as skin care
Natural coconut oil is a perfect moisturiser for every skin type. It absorbs quickly into the skin and stays longer than water-based creams. mehr
- 4as hair care
Coconut is a multi-talent for hair care: with its moisturising effect, it protects both hair and scalp from external impacts. mehr
- 5as lip care
Coconut oil can also be used as natural lip balm. It is free from colours and fragrances and creates a soft skin feel. In addition, it removes long-lasting lip sticks, while moisturising the sensitive skin of the lips at the same time. mehr
- 6for dental and oral care
Coconut oil is also popular for oil pulling, an Ayurvedic practice for cleaning and care of the oral cavity and the teeth. Coconut is antibacterial and leaves a pleasant clean feel in the mouth. mehr
- 7for pets
Not only humans profit from the exotic oil. It can be used as valuable feed supplement for cats and dogs. Ticks and fleas do not like coconut oil, so it can serve as natural repellent for bugs. mehr
Coconut oil for cooking
The characteristic fine aroma of coconuts is unique and irreplacable for authentic cuisine of the countries where coconuts come from. For the residents of the tropics, the delicious nut is an integral part of almost every meal. Our coconut oils, coconuts rasps, fine coconut flour, spice oils and delicious spreads bring an exotic variety of taste and the tropical joy of life to every kitchen.
Exotic coconut oil is a purely natural vegetable fat and a true kitchen all-rounder. Its natural composition makes it durable and heat-resistant and prevents the formation of trans-fatty acids when used for frying, baking and deep-frying. It mainly consists of saturated fatty acids so it is less prone to oxidation and durable for up to two years after pressing. Coconut oil is very versatile. It is suitable for meat and fish dishes, for vegetarian and vegan cooking as well as for sweet dishes. For inspiration on how to use coconut oil, feel free to check out our recipe catalogue.
With its nutty taste, coconut oil does not only enhance Asian cuisine but is also perfect for local dishes. It can be used as butter substitute in baking or as spread, on its own or combined with cold cuts, jams or honey.
Nutritious value of coconut oil
At Ölmühle Solling, we only offer premium quality, so-called virgin coconut oils (VCO). VCO is a well-known quality standard and refers to oils that are mechanically pressed from fully ripe organic coconuts. After that, our oils are carefully bottled to preserve the valuable ingredients. They are neither bleached nor refined. This leads to the fine taste of coconut and the high nutritious value of our products.
Coconuts are naturally rich in nutrients like proteins, carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals. At Ölmühle Solling, we offer a variety of coconut products in premium quality, such as our two variants of virgin coconut oil, one from peeled kernels and our fair traded coconut oil from the whole kernel.
Virgin coconut oil is produced from ripe organic coconuts and produced as gently as possible. Mechanical pressing and swift bottling help preserve the fine coconut aroma as well as the valuable ingredients: It mainly consists medium chain fatty acids (MCTs) like lauric acid which makes up almost half of the fatty acids in the oil.
As coconut oil does not contain essential, polyunsaturated fatty acids, we recommend to involve several different oils in your diet. Especially our range of vital oils like our flaxseed oil in mill-fresh quality and our omega DHA oils supply the human organism with essential omega-3 fatty acids like alpha-linolenic acid and docosahexaeonic acid.
Coconut oil for skin care
But the versatile uses of coconut oil go beyond the kitchen: It is a rich skin care too. That is why we made coconut oil an integral component of our skin balms and soaps by Solling Naturkosmetik.
Coconut oil does not only have a pleasant scent, it also acts as natural protective coat for the skin. Moreover, it has a good skin tolerance. It gives a pleasant texture to our skin balms as well as long-lasting moisture, even for dry skin. Coconut oil can also be applied directly to the skin for intense moisturise and care. It contains natural antioxidants, neutralises free radicals and has an anti-aging effect.
Coconut oil as make-up remover
Coconut can also be used as mild make-up remover. Simply moisten a make-up removal pad with warm water, add a little coconut oil and gently stroke over skin, lips or eyelashes. Make-up removal pads made of bamboo or organic cotton are reusable and protect our environment.
Coconut oil for baby care
Of course, our pure, natural coconut oil is also an ideal care for sensitive baby skin. It is 100 % free of synthetic additives, colours, fragrances and preservatives and is known for its good skin tolerance. Coconut oil can be applied directly to the skin where it soothes even dry and irritated skin. It is also suitable as a moisturising bath additive.
Coconut oil for smooth lips
Virgin coconut oil is perfect as lip balm. The exotic oil gives the lips a pleasant scent and shine and acts as natural protective coat for the sensitive skin of the lips. You can also try out our coconut oil lip scrub for smooth lips at home:
½ tsp. coconut oil
½ tsp. coconut flower sugar or coffee powder
½ tsp. honey
Mix the ingredients well, apply to the lips and gently massage for one to two minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a soft towel. Dead cells are gently removed and the skin is revitalized and nurtured.
Oil pulling with coconut oil
Oil pulling is an integral part of Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicine. It is supposed to clean the oral cavity, the tongue and teeth. Oil pulling, also known as "oil swishing", is the act of swishing a small amount of oil in the mouth for around 10 minutes. It is intended to improve oral hygiene and to filter bacteria and other pathogens from the oral cavity and thus from the entire organism.
It is best to practice oil pulling in the morning. Before you oil pull, debris on the tongue must be removed with a tongue scraper. This reduces the amount of bacteria that will be absorbed by the oil. Instead of a tongue scraper, you can also use a spoon which you carefully slide over the tongue two or three times, from back to front. Rinse your mouth with water afterwards. There is no need to brush your teeth at this stage, this should be done after the oil pulling.
For the actual oil pulling, put around one teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth, let it melt and move the oil in your mouth as if you were using a mouthwash. Suck and pull the oil between your teeth several times and cover the entire oral cavity with the oil. The oil pulling process will stimulate the saliva flow so that the amount of fluids in your mouth will increase. At the same time, the oil will absorb food residues, bacteria and other microorganisms from the teeth, tongue and mucosa.
Important: Please do not swallow the oil when you are done but spit it into handkerchief which you throw away. Brush your teeth afterwards. After practicing oil pulling a few times already, you will notice that your mucosa and teeth feel smoother.
Coconut oil for hair care
Virgin coconut oil is a very popular natural hair care. The rich, exotic oil pampers hair and scalp and has a moisturising effect. Therefore, a coconut oil mask is recommended especially for dry and damaged hair. Organic virgin coconut oil is a natural product and does not irritate the scalp and hair with additives. Apart from vitamins, it contains numerous minerals which have moisturising and revitalising effects on the hair and protect it from environmental factors.
Using coconut oil for hair care is very simple: Depending on the hair length, put one to two teaspoons of coconut oil in your hands. Apply and massage into slightly damp hair, from the scalp to the ends. For longer hair, you can use a large tooth comb to evenly distribute the oil in the hair. To ensure that the oil stays liquid, the hair should be covered by a towel to keep it warm. Let the oil soak in for 30 to 60 minutes or even overnight. Afterwards, rinse with warm water and wash your hair using a mild, silicone-free shampoo.
Coconut oil for pets
Coconut oil is also popular as feed supplement for pets like cats and dogs. Ticks and fleas do not like coconut oil so it can even serve as a natural bug repellent. Depending on the size and weight of your animal, cats can be fed with ¼ to ½ teaspoon of coconut fat several times a week. For large dogs, we recommend a full teaspoon daily. Simply mix the oil with wet or dry food. If you want to use coconut oil as tick repellent, you can apply the oil directly to the fur. Put a small amount of coconut oil in your hands and let it melt, then gently stroke the fur, make sure to cover the belly of your animal. As our coconut oil does not contain any synthetic ingredients, it is totally harmless if your animal licks off the oil.
Manufacturing of coconut oil
The production of high-quality coconut oil naturally starts with controlling the quality of the nuts. Only nuts of impeccable analytical and sensory quality from organic cultivation may be used for our precious coconut oil.
After harvesting, trained and experienced workers manually open the hard outer shell of the coconuts. Once opened, the coconut water from the inside of the nut is collected and the next steps of processing need to be initiated as quickly as possible. At first, the pulp is removed from the shell by hand. For this white coconut oil, the thin, brown skin around the pulp is peeled off.
In the next step, the fresh coconut meat is shredded into coconut flakes with the help of stainless-steel cutters. However, before the oil can be pressed, one essential process must take place in order to gurantee the durability of the product. The clean coconut flesh needs to be dried with hot air at temperatures of at least 80 °C. Coconut meat contains natural enzymes, so-called lipases, which break down fats (triglycerides). These enzymes need to be deactivated with the heat, otherwise the oil would develop a soapy taste because of its high content of lauric acid. Furthermore, the water content of the coconut meat is reduced to less than three percent. The dried coconut meat is called "copra". As soon as the copra is entirely dry, it can be pressed to valuabe virgin coconut oil.
The production of our coconut oil is sustainable, too: It does not produce any waste because all by-products can be used. The press cake that is obtained through the pressing of the oil is finely ground to our coconut flour. It is suitable for baking and as supplement for shakes and muesli. After the bottling of the freshly pressed coconut oil, there is a sediment in the barrels: valuable coconut butter which is also bottled and can be used as a delicious spread.
Origin and importance of the coconut palm
White sand, blue skies, the relaxing sound of the waves - the tropics are the epitome of paradise for tourists from all around the world. This is the place to live, with the overwhelming beauty of nature, warm, welcoming people and delcious food. For thousands of years, the residents of South India, the South Sea Islands and other tropical and subtropical areas have profited from the versatility of coconut palms and their nuts. The palm supplies building and burning material, the valuable oil serves as skin and hair care and a meal without some part of the coconut is almost unthinkable.
The coconut tree is a member of the palm tree family. It originates from the South Sea Islands and the Indomalayan region. Nowadays, the palm trees grow on the entire coast from the Northern to the Southern tropics - thanks to the coconut. As it floats on the water, it spread via the sea.
In the tropics, the coconut palm is also called Tree of Life because as most important crop in the area it has an enormous economic significance for the local people and serves as one of the essential staple foods. Almost all parts of the versatile plant can be used.
At Ölmühle Solling, we purchase our organic VCO from the whole kernel from the "Naturland Fair"-certified project Serendipol in Sri Lanka. The virgin coconut oil for our product from the peeled kernel comes from organic cultivation from the Philippines. Only organic coconuts from small farms are processed to our high-quality coconut oils, coconut spice oils, coconut flour and coconut spreads.
Coconut oil - liquid or solid?
When travelling to tropical countries like Thailand, the Philippines or Sri Lanka, the coconut oil is often clear and liquid, so that it almost looks like water. Back home in Germany or Europe, the coconut oil is suddenly no longer liquid but solid. Why is that?
Whether you call a product coconut oil or coconut fat depends on the physical state and consequently, on the storage temperature. The oil is made from dried flesh of coconuts and at temperatures above 24 °C is usually liquid. At temperatures below 24 °C, it becomes solid and is called coconut fat. In the countries of origin and all over the world, the name coconut oil is much more common, which is why we decided to keep it as well.
It is often falsely assumed that coconut fat is always solid and coconut oil is always liquid and that these names refer to two different products. Nonetheless, there is only a difference in the physical state depending on the storage temperature. Untreated virgin coconut oil has a high content of medium chain triglycerides like caproic, caprylic, capric as well as lauric acid. The former have a smoke point of less than 24 °C which changes their aggregate state at lower temperatures.
A natural, organic virgin coconut oil is liquid from around 24 °C and has a transparent, watery appearance. At temperatures below 24 °C, the oil becomes solid. It is still spreadable and has a creamy white colour. At very low temperatures, for instance in the fridge, the oil is extremely solid and is rather crumbly than spreadable. Therefore, we recommend to keep coconut oil outside the fridge.
By the way: If coconut oil is liquid below 24 °C, it might be that the oil was fractioned, i.e. chemically treated, and does no longer contain lauric acid. The medium chained, liquid fatty acids remain in the oil but it lacks the valuable secondary nutrients and vitamins as well as the precious lauric acid.
Our partner project in Sri Lanka
For many years, Werner Baensch, food technologist by trade and founder and product developer of Ölmühle Solling, cooperated with the "Coconut Research Institute" in Lunuwila, Sri Lanka. This is where he developed a simple process technology for the production of high-quality organic virgin coconut oil. This technology was first presented at the international Coconut Conference in Colombo in 2003. Afterwards, it spread to all tropical and Southeast Asian countries. As one of the newer projects, Ölmühle Solling started cooperating with the company Serendipol with respect to technical conception and quality control in 2006.
The project was an investment by the well-known US producer of natural soaps Dr. Bronner's, as the company needed a source for fair trade coconut oils from organic cultivation. This cooperation made Ölmühle Solling a pioneer in the field of high-quality organic coconut oils.
Serendipol was founded in 2006 and since the very beginning has been cooperating with small farmers in the area of Kuliapitiya and has been supporting them regarding organic cultivation of their coconut plantations. Over the years, more than 1300 small farmers and farmers affiliated with the project and manage and maintain a total of more than 8000 hectares today.
On many of the organic plantations, other crops than coconut palms are cultivated as well which are needed for the daily life. This mixed cropping contributes to a way of organic farming that can be implemented in tropical climate conditions and is sustainable for the local people in many different ways. For them, it guarantees safe jobs in coconut processing and results in better living conditions and opportunities for the next generations. Now that the long civil war between Tamils and the Singhalese finally ended, the living conditions for the people in rural areas of Sri Lanka are improving and the sustainable, organic cultivation according to the strict "Naturland" standards is becoming more and more popular. The Naturland standards stipulate a holistic approach to agriculture, including eco-friendly animal farming and crop cultivation with a focus on a sound and moderate use of the given agricultural resources. Compared to the EU regulation on organic farming, the requirements of Naturland are more extensive.
With more than 1300 organic farms, Serendipol plays an important role in the development of this rural area and has an impact on the schooling and professional education, medical care and the municipal development. This is where our fair partnership comes in. We pay a voluntary additional fair trade bonus for the coconut oils that are produced at the oilmill Serendipol. That way, we and other Serendipol clients, support municipal projects like hospitals, small health care centres in the rural area, better schools, infrastructure and landscaping maintenance - in close cooperation with the farmers and municipalities.
Research projects and cooperations
We do not only purchase our valuable coconut oil from Serendipol, we are also in an active exchange of ideas on the production technology of coconut oils and other coconut products. In cooperation with two German universities of applied sciences (in Lemgo and Fulda) and research institutes, we initiated an exchange of knowledge that contributes to our large variety of high-quality coconut products.
Furthermore, Ölmühle Solling and the German Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and Food (team lipid resarch in Detmold) support a research project at the university of applied sciences in Lemgo. The project investigates whether or not coconut oils contain phytochemicals and if the skin around the kernel supplies these valuable phytochemicals as well as vitamins and polyphenolic antioxidants.
"Naturland Fair" certification
"Naturland Fair" is a label for products that abide by the requirements of organic farming and fair trade. Next to common fair trade products like coffee and chocolate, this can apply to products like milk and bread. Fair prices for the producers and reliable trade cooperations are vital for the partners in the global South and on site in order to make investments for the future.
"Naturland Fair" best in test
"Stiftung Warentest", a German consumer organisation, confirmed once more that a combination of eco-friendly agriculture and fair trade is the only sustainable solution. In the test carried out in May 2016, six different eco labels were scrutinised and the result was quite clear: "Naturland Fair" guarantees the highest sustainability standard.
Average energy and nutrient content for 100 g
Please enjoy our products as part of a diverse and balanced nutrition.
As a product of nature the composition of the oil can vary, the given specifications are therefore average values.