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Desiccated   Coconut


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.

The processes of desiccated coconut are as below:

  • Removal of coconut husk,
  • Removal of coconut shell,
  • Removal of thick brown coconut skin,
  • Washing of white coconut meat to remove foreign material,
  • Blanching of white coconut meat to reduce the number of microorganism to the safe level fit for human consumption within its shelf life,
  • Cutting of white coconut meat into the desired size,
  • Hot air blow drying the grated white coconut meat to reduce the moisture content from 19% to less than 3%,
  • Cooling of desiccated coconut,
  • Sieving of desiccated coconut to separate desiccated coconut as according to the desired size,
  • Finally, packing of desiccated coconut.

One thousand nuts are expected to yield about 130kg of Desiccated Coconut. Production of Desiccated Coconut is a real hard work as the removal of coconut husk, shell and skin are done manually or given the best of current technology are done semi-automatically.

How   to   identify  a   good   quality   Desiccated   Coconut?

A good quality Desiccated Coconut should be white in colour, reasonably free from yellow specks, black spots and other discolourations. It should have sweet aroma of coconut, mild characteristic of coconut without rancid and even particle size distribution.

Applications   of   Desiccated   Coconut

Desiccated Coconut is ideal for use as fillers, toppings and as ingredients, especially in the baking of biscuits, snack bars, cakes, cookies and so on.

What   are   black   spots   in   Desiccated   Coconut?

Back spots are foreign materials found in Desiccated Coconut. These foreign materials are primarily the grated and dried coconut skin, which had gone through the cutting and drying processes together with the white coconut meat. There is no perfect, error margin is allowable at not more than 4 pieces of black spots in 100 g of dessicated coconut is acceptable.

    Packing and Storage of Desiccated Coconut

    Desiccated Coconuts are packed in multi-ply kraft paper bags with inner sealed polythene to keep away from the atmosphere’s moisture. Desiccated Coconuts are packed in 10 kg, 25 kg or 50 kg. Desiccated Coconuts shall be stored in cool and dry place. Avoid direct sunlight and strong odour

Desiccated coconut is synonymous with delicious treats like macaroons and truffles, but it can be used for a multitude of different recipes - both sweet and savoury!