ESTATE CROPS NEWS – Fruits of Dwarft coconut commonly are used as young tender (8 months of fruit) for fresh coconut water and raw materials in processing of some conventional products such as klapeertart and coconut jam. Recently, the mature fruit (11-12 months of fruit) are not utilized yet.
It could be used as raw materials for making frying oil through heating method. It is estimated about 7.1-8.4 L of frying coconut oil can be obtained from 200 nuts of Dwarf coconut fruit. If 1.0 ha of coconut area could be planted with 200 trees of Dwarft coconut and it produced 17,500-20,500 nuts/ha/year, local price of coconut frying oil at farmer level is Rp 20,000/L, so the farmer earning could reach Rp 14,000,000-Rp 16,400,000.
The oil from coconut is the healthiest oil in the world, due to its unique properties. Lauric acid, the main fatty acid in coconut oil, was proven for its beneficial effect for human health. The fruit of Dwarft coconut is easier to be harvested compared to Tall coconut, because its tree is shorter. Processing of healthy frying oil from fruit of Dwarft coconut through heating method could be apllicated in small or farmers group level