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How is the relationship between the two, see in the following article. Copra, also referred to as dried coconut meat, is a dried form of coconut kernel which is used for producing cooking oil, such as coconut oil. It typically has a high oil content, typically over 65%. Copra has been used as a traditional source of oil for centuries in many parts of the world and is still widely used today.
COPRA AND CRUDE COCONUT OIL
The process of producing copra is relatively simple, although it takes some time. First, the coconut is harvested and husked. Then, the kernel is cut into small pieces and dried in the sun or by machine. This process can take between two to four weeks, depending on the atmospheric conditions. Once the kernel is dried, it is known as copra and is ready for oil extraction.
The oil can then be extracted from copra using either mechanical means such as expellers, or through the traditional method of boiling copra in hot water or using fermentation. The oil extracted typically contains about 65-70% saturated fatty acids, including 40-45% lauric acid, 8-12% myristic acid and 8-10% palmitic acid. This oil is known as crude coconut oil and is widely used for culinary, pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications.
The traditional process of producing crude coconut oil is time-consuming, labor-intensive and inefficient. As an alternative, copra can be mechanically pressed. This is a quicker and more efficient method of extracting oil which yields a higher quality product. The oil produced by mechanical pressing is known as refined coconut oil and, depending on the degree of refinement, can contain up to 99% pure oil.
In conclusion, copra and crude coconut oil are both integral parts of the coconut industry. Copra is a dried form of coconut kernel which is used for producing cooking oil, and the oil produced is both traditionally and mechanically extracted and can be either crude or refined. Both crude and refined coconut oil are widely used for culinary, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic applications.