The Dessicated Coconut

Pandecoco, from the word pandesal and coconut. A bread which appearance is not similar to pandesal . It is round and has slightly flat appearance. It is more like a ham bread for burger making, but with a smooth shiny surface and a sweetened coconut filling.

The other bread with coconut is macaroon. However, unlike pandecoco, its coconut filling is almost tasteless. Its like a coconut meat stripped of its juice, sapal. The sapal that is usually thrown away or use as feed for native chickens.

Lately, I was intrigued with the graham balls. It was delicious so I asked my wife to make some for me. One of its side ingredients is the dessicated coconut. It taste good when eaten with the graham balls but a real turn off when eaten as is. It taste like sapal which is usually used for macaroons.

The image below is the pack of dessicated coconut. Mama bought it from the place I least expected, from the nearby public market. I only see it before in popular supermarkets. I could not remember the cost but it is very affordable.

pack of dessicated coconutThere could only be one thing that encourages the production of affordable but lower quality dessicated coconut. It is the virgin coconut oil industry. Coconut meat that are stripped of water and oil are being cleaned, dried and packed as dessicated coconut. The dried product have a long shelf life expectancy as most of the oil which is prone to rancidity is removed.

dessicated coconut close up view

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

One Reply to “The Dessicated Coconut”

  1. Marvin the dessicated coconut when used as a filling for pan de coco is normally mixed with brown sugar to taste it sweet and blend with the bun. One of my favorite bread when I was young and still up to now.

    Other uses of dessicated coconut aside from what was mentioned as the main ingredient for macaroons is the coconut flour.

    Dessicated coconut considered a by product (waste) during the production process of making Virgin Coconut Oil is not really a waste (sapal). It is still being used as an agricultural input when fermented, it is Fermented Fruit Juice (FFJ).
    We in the Save the Coconut Movement, encourages or pray that we Filipinos patronized our coconut products. Hence, helping our coconut farmers who are in the red(lugi) because of the very low price of the copra or the coconut itself.
    The Coconut Tree is called the Tree of Life. From the roots to the trunk to the fruit to the leaves have use to humans.

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