Coconut oil is obtained from coconut dry pulp (also known as copra). The oil is obtained by pressing and then refining, bleaching and deodorizing.
Copra has an oil content of 60-70%.
Coconut is obtained from the coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) and the major producers are Indonesia and the Philippines.
The hydrogenation process decreases the content of unsaturated fatty acids, already at a low level in coconut oil.
The melting point increases from 25 ° C for coconut oil to 30-36 ° C for hydrogenated coconut oil.
It is available as an opaque white solid and having a characteristic odor.