I am excited to introduce to my readers Tropical Traditions!! I currently had the pleasure of reviewing their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. Although I am not a huge coconut fan, I am definitely hooked on this product! The quality of this product is amazing.
First, I must tell you a little about their company. Their founders, Brian and Marianita Jader Shilhavy were talking one day and Marianita explained to Brian there was a method older generations used to extract oil. She explained their process involved grating fresh coconut, extracting the milk and then letting that milk stand for over a 24 hour period, in a container. After that time, she explained to him the oil would separate naturally. This produces clear oil with the scent and taste of coconuts. At that time they began making their own coconut oil in the same manner. I invite you to click here to read more about Tropical Traditions and their founders. They definitely have a story to tell!
You can also go here to watch a video interview with Brian Shilhavy, the CEO of Tropical Traditions, entitled "How We Discovered Virgin Coconut Oil".
I decided to make a recipe for chicken lettuce wraps. You can click here to view this tasty recipe. The only thing I added to this recipe was some BBQ sauce and some red and yellow peppers. I was amazed at the taste! It has such a subtle and pure taste. It is so hard to describe, but it is simply wonderful! I loved it and I am sure you will too.
Go here to view hundreds of FREE recipes using the Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil! I cannot wait to try out more recipes.
A few interesting facts about the Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:
- There are many ways to use coconut oil and incorporate it into your diet. It is a stable cooking oil, therefore you can replace unhealthy oils with coconut oil. Since it is a solid most of the time at room temperature or when refrigerated, it can be a butter or margarine substitute for spreads or for baking. Any recipe calling for butter, margarine, or any other oil can be substituted for coconut oil!
- The expiration dates on the Virgin Coconut Oil is two years, and on our Expeller-pressed coconut oils they are 18 months, but the company reports it will usually be fine much longer.
- Their coconuts and Virgin Coconut Oil producers are certified organic by a third party organization based out of the US (Organic Certifiers) which sends their own independent inspector yearly. They meet strict requirements for organic certification according to USDA/NOP organic standards. Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil is made from fresh, certified organic coconuts, and the family-based small-scale operation we use to make the Virgin Coconut Oil is also certified organic. Their repackaging facilities in the Philippines and the US are also certified organic by USDA standards.
To learn more interesting facts about their company, their standards or to read their FAQ's please click here.
*NOW for the GIVEAWAY!!! Tropical Traditions has agreed to mail the winner a quart of coconut oil, as shown above. The winner will be chosen via Random.org. I will email the lucky winner on 11/16/11, as well as post the winner on my site. Good luck to all!! ENTER NOW!!