Tanna Farms Naturally Organic Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
First up, our Tanna Farms Naturally Organic Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – we know that’s a mouthful, but once you’ve tried our delicious oil, its name will surely trip off your tongue. It’s handmade with love from coconuts from Tanna Island, Vanuatu, which grow on family farms in volcanic soil at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
Here coconuts play an integral part of everyday life, with the white flesh eaten, the coconut water drunk, the husks burned and the fronds of the tree used in thatch roofing. Now, with Tanna Farms, the farmers are also able to make money from their trees, enabling them to send their children to school and to access health care.
They send their excess coconuts to our small factory in Lenakel. And once we get our hands on them we really don’t take them off again, as we grate flesh, press the oil, then package it up in glass – all by hand. We press our oil using the Kokonut Pacific DME Process . That means no chemicals are used in the manufacturing process and the coconut oil in our jars is the way nature intended – all natural. That’s not the case with every oil on the market, so it’s worth checking out some of the finer details of making coconut oil.
Vanuatu is the closest Pacific Island to New Zealand and Australia, so our coconut oil crosses a ditch, not an ocean, to get to your kitchen. Once it’s there, use it in baking, smoothies and everyday cooking or try a few of our beauty treatments, like a face scrub, makeup remover and luxurious moisturiser. Check out our blog for ridiculously good recipes and wonderful skin care tips. If you’ve got a great way of using our coconut oil, we’d love to hear from you.
Tanna Farms Naturally Organic Coconut Soap
We also make luxurious 100% natural coconut soap, rich with the scent of the islands. We make the soaps by hand using our coconut oil, wrap them in brown paper and send them to you with love from Tanna.
Tanna Farms Peanuts
Of course you’ve tried peanuts. You’ve probably tried good peanuts. But until you’ve tried our peanuts, you’re really missing out. They’re grown on naturally organic farms on Tanna Island, at the edge of the Pacific coastline, or within the jungle of the islands interior. They’re naturally organic because volcanic ash provides lush soil that needs no chemical interference. We buy our peanuts from farmers and villages, then dry them until the casing is brittle and the nut within is firm enough to crack. Then we shell the nuts by hand, lather them in our wonderful coconut oil, and toast them to crunchy perfection. Sounds good? Tastes even better. There’s no doubt about it, we love and care for our nuts.
Tanna Farms also grows coffee beans on an eight hectare plantation in Middle Bush, in the rainy and fertile hills towards the northern part of Tanna. The plantation also grows local produce such as peanuts, kumala, corn, pumpkin, taro, yam, cucumber and capsicums to sell at the local market. This is farming island style, where there’s no place – and no desire – for monoculture.
That’s our good stuff in a nutshell, so to speak. But if you’ve got the time, here’s some more stuff you might want to know.
The where: Our coconuts come from organic family farms at the edge of the sea and the foot of a live volcano on Vanuatu’s Tanna Island. The 20 foot Vanuatu Tall Coconut trees thrive on the rich soils, ocean breezes, abundant sunshine and tropical rainfall of this island paradise, and the coconuts they produce are part of everyday life here.
The who: The people of Tanna Island live simple lives, largely based around communal gardens. However, in order to send their children to school or seek basic health care, they need money as well. There are very few ways to earn money on Tanna Island, and by buying coconuts and peanuts off farmers, and by employing people in our factories, we are enabling communities to help themselves.
The how: Farmers gather their fallen coconuts then husk them, using sharp spikes of wood or metal called kakers, which are thrust into the fibrous shells and pulled back to reveal the nut inside. We collect the coconuts and take them to our small factory at Lenakel, where we grate and press the kernel by hand, before packaging it in glass. We press our oil using the Kokonut Pacific DME Process and recommend you find out how your coconut oil is made, before buying it. Coconuts are a wonderful food that nature has packaged perfectly. We reckon that adding chemicals and heat to the mix is just bad thinking, or “ino gud” in Bislama.