Where Do Coconut Trees Grow?

Coconut Trees: So Just Where Do They Come From?

First we looked at coconut tree products, then which oil: fermented or not, now for where do coconuts grow?
Where do coconut trees grow?

Coconut trees grow near coast lines where they have heavy rains

In summary, coconuts need the tropics and their special climate and coastal weather patterns.

Coconut trees are designed for high wind zones, that is why they are tall and spindly. They do best with

  1. Tropical cyclones (hurricanes or typhoons)
  2. Monsoon* seasons in some parts of the tropical belt.
  3. Heat, and lots of it all year round. That is perhaps why even Northland in New Zealand doesn’t grow coconut trees.

In New Zealand there is a lot of Coconut Oil from the Philippines. We used to sell a lot of Coconut Oil from the Philippines. But the quality in one brand became inconsistent. So we dropped that line of oil. Finally a year or two later the quality in the other brand suddenly gave way and we dropped that brand too! We’ve had two other brands come and go at our online shop, one of them didn’t have good packaging, and the other one had that problem, as well as the quality of the oil deteriorating over time.

At the Coconut Oil Shop, we’ve decided to serve those who care about the quality of their oil. We select and reject our oil based on taste, type of processing, and bulk packaging being available.

I think a email I received just today puts the matter very well. “We have been using VOC (Virgin Organic Cold Pressed) coconut oil for more than a year now and on the moment we have almost finished a 20 L pail and we are looking to buy another one. In the past year or so we have tasted several different (all VOC organic) oils and we didn’t like the flavour of most of them. There is an awful lot of horrible tasting coconut around.”

Of course taste (and appreciation of texture) is subjective. What one person loves, another dislikes. That is why we have our Twin Pack Sampler. So you can try a bit of each. One regular tastes and one fermented taste. For those readers who are not in New Zealand, and are reading this for education on what is available in other locations, you’ll just have to take my word for it. Coconut Oil comes in all types of flavours, and what is in vogue in India, is probably not in vogue for many New Zealanders. What is tasty in Thailand, is creamy in the West, etc.

380 ml Twin Pack Taste Sampler

Where does the Coconut Oil Shop get products from?

Regular Coconut Oil for Eating or Skin Sri Lanka and Tonga White Gold and Sea Breeze from Tonga
Fermented Coconut Oil for Eating or Skin
Samoa and Thailand Ancient Wisdom and Zenian
Skin Oil and Massage
Samoa and Philippines Ancient Wisdom and napoBIO®
Creamed Coconut Sri Lanka and Philippines Rich Gold and Zenian
Coconut Flour Sri Lanka Gold Dust
Coconut Sugar
Indonesia Colonel Montmorency
Coconut Water Philippines C Coconut Water and Coco Libre
Coconut Dry Goods
Sri Lanka Gold Crunch, Gold Sprinkle, Ceres

*Monsoons are large-scale sea breezes [14] which occur when the temperature on land is significantly warmer or cooler than the temperature of the ocean. Source:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsoon.

Is all Coconut Oil Organic?

The short answer is no.

You can buy what looks to all intents and purposes like an organic coconut oil, but it does not say organic, and in our opnion, it does not taste anything like organic. But it is all sorts of other things that you would expect from an organic oil. In our free book, Coconut Oil Basics, we explain just how confusing some of those terms can be!

But all of our Virgin Coconut Oil is organic or wild harvested.

Let’s take a look at what we mean by that statement.

According to oral tradition, once upon a time all coconut trees were wild

There are three types of “Organic” coconut products.

1) Wild Harvested

2) Certified Organic trees

3) Certified Organic Products – trees and factory certifed.

Wild trees in remote places can normally be considered “Organic”.

When a coconut is taken from a wild tree in a remote location like Sri Lanka, we call the oil “Wild Harvested”. When a coconut is taken from a plantation in Sri Lanka that has used man made fertiliser, we don’t consider that “Organic”.

Now should that same region have a “Certified Organic” plantation, the coconuts would be organic.

Lastly if the “Certified Organic” plantation coconuts were processed in a “Certified Organic” factory, then we’d have Certified Organic product.

In our shop we have all three types of products.

Is all Coconut Oil Organic?

But should that same plantionThat type of Coconut  Some people think that seeds from coconut trees in India made their way to the Pacific. We have seen sufficient evidence to suggest there is some truth in this statement. But we also know there are many, many different varieties of coconut tree. Coconut Oil from each region seems to have their own taste.

Each country tends to have its own approach to organic certification as well.

Organic Oil – Coconut Oil Shop Options

Wild Harvested Certified Coconuts Certified Coconut Oil
Sea Breeze From Tonga DME® Extracted Oil Ancient Wisdom Raw Fermented Oil White Gold Raw Cold Pressed Oil
napoBIO® Skin Oil Zenian Fully Fermented Oil