Coconut Products

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Copra is the name for dried coconut meat. The water content of copra should be 5 per cent or less, compared with close to 50 per cent before drying. The oil content is high, around 70 per cent and coconut oil (see below) is produced from copra.

Coconut milk or cream is a thick sweet liquid produced by pouring boiling water over grated coconut, leaving it to cool, and squeezing the liquid from the pulp through a straining cloth. Twice as much water by volume as there is grated coconut produces ‘milk’ of normal thickness; half that amount of water will yield the thicker ‘cream’. The same pulp can be used several times to produce a decreasingly rich milk.