Coconut butter is very different from coconut oil (although I love them both, for different reasons). It’s made from whole coconut meat, ground into a smooth melty spread. This stuff is eat-from-the-jar good. Nutiva's coconut butter is a primal kitchen staple — it will transport you to the idealized tropical place of many a trite commercial — except this is for real. It’s intense and rich and sweet, with deep toasty layers and soaring floral notes — like the soul of a coconut concentrated into a jar. I could live on this coconut butter for years. I put it in almost every smoothie I make.
I remember the first time I ever tasted coconut milk. I was around four or five, and my parents took me to the historic farmers market on La Brea in Los Angeles. There was a juice bar there, where they had rows and rows of enormous glass jars with a rainbow of juices inside. One of them was pure white, and it called out to me. I still remember the first sip — cool and sweet and floral and creamier than anything I’d ever tasted in my life. I savored every sip of that coconut milk, even though it was so delicious that I wanted to drink it down all at once.
As I grew older, I learned the conventional wisdom about coconuts containing “unhealthy saturated fat.” So I’d occasionally return to the juice bar for a guilty sip, but mostly I stayed away.
Fast-forward decades later to my raw vegan days in NYC, around 2001. I read non-mainstream nutrition books voraciously back then, and they extolled the many health benefits of coconuts, and I felt a massive sense of vindication and relief — I could finally indulge my coconut cravings without guilt. In fact, coconut was one of the healthiest things I could eat. I belonged to a tiny raw vegan co-op called Organic Avenue in a Chinatown walk-up, and I used to haul massive cases of young green-husked coconuts across town to my apartment, where I’d crouch on the floor with a machete to get to the sweet pristine water and slippery flesh inside.
So yeah, I love coconuts. I eat coconuts daily, in one form or another. I’m pretty discerning about coconuts. And I am so happy to be able to share this incredible coconut butter with you.
Coconut butter is very different from coconut oil (although I love them both, for different reasons). It’s made from whole coconut meat, ground into a smooth melty spread. This stuff is eat-from-the-jar good. Nutiva's stone-ground coconut butter (which they call manna because it's so delicious) is a primal kitchen staple — it will transport you to the idealized tropical place of many a trite commercial — except this is for real. It’s intense and rich and sweet, with deep toasty layers and soaring floral notes — like the soul of a coconut concentrated into a jar. I could live on this coconut butter for years. I use it in pretty much every smoothie I make — it's so nutritious; full of fiber, protein, and nourishing fats.
You may be wondering how Nutiva Coconut Manna differs from Dastony Coconut Butter. They're actually rather similar taste-wise. They're both super high-quality. But Dastony's is raw (stone-ground at low temperature) and the stone-grinding process makes it smoother and silkier, with a smaller "particle" size. If you want to make instant coconut milk, or an ultra-silky something, Dastony is your product. But for everyday use, Nutiva will do you just fine. Personally, I like to keep both around my kitchen. Never too much coconut in my life.
Coconut has been used by many cultures worldwide for thousands of years, and is well known for its many amazing properties. Coconut is so nutritious, its list of benefits reads like a patent medicine bottle. It’s full of health-boosting lauric acid and medium-chain triglycerides, has antimicrobial and anti-viral qualities, and has been shown to help with weight loss, Alzheimer’s, cognitive function and athletic performance. It nourishes the thyroid, helps prevent candida overgrowth, boosts the metabolism, and makes skin and hair softer. Many people eat several tablespoons of coconut oil daily, for the incredible host of benefits it confers. Also, it’s one of the tastiest things a person could eat. (No offense, sea veggies.)
How to eat (or drink) this wonderful stuff
Note: Coconut butter is highly temperature-sensitive, so never put the jar into in the refrigerator, unless you want to have a hard time scooping it out. If you forget and put it in the fridge, just leave it out, or put it into a bowl of warm water, and it’ll be soft before you know it. At room temperature, the coconut butter texture varies with the seasons, but is generally scoopable and spreadable. If your coconut manna arrives with a layer of coconut oil on the top, just warm it in a bowl of warm water and stir the oil back in once it's soft.
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