What Is Coconut Vinegar & How Does It Compare To Apple Cider Vinegar?

A bottle of coconut vinegar with fruit in the background.


One of the best things about the coconut palm tree is its versatility. Think of all the products that can come from coconut: oil, milk, cream, flour, flakes, water, syrup, sugar, husks, and lastly, coconut vinegar. Coconut vinegar is a lesser known coconut product, but it is by no means lesser in quality, flavor, or versatility. Take note of this pantry staple as you may find it becoming your new favorite vinegar!

What Is Coconut Vinegar?

Wildly Organic's coconut vinegar is extracted from the tuba of the coconut palm tree. This is the sap collected from the stems that feed the coconuts. From here, the sap is fermented for 45 to 60 days. To ensure maximum freshness and to retain its nutritional qualities, the sap is bottled unfiltered and unheated. As the vinegar ages, it changes color from cloudy white to light yellow, then onto a clear-light amber. Sediment will appear at the bottom of the bottle, similar to raw apple cider vinegar. Other film and gel will form which is referred to as the “mother”. This is a natural characteristic which you can use to judge the quality and purity of coconut vinegar. Adulterated and cheap versions of coconut are made from coconut water and will not contain the natural mother.

How Is Coconut Vinegar Different From Other Vinegars?

Besides being another wonderful by-product of the coconut palm tree, this vinegar is made using a truly natural fermentation process, without any preservatives. Wildly Organic's raw unfiltered coconut vinegar is made in a small coconut plantation in the Philippines. It contains no added water, sugar, or preservatives and is 100% chemical-free. While there are many kinds of vinegar that exist such as red wine, rice, white wine, and balsamic, raw unfiltered coconut vinegar is most similar to raw apple cider vinegar. These two kinds of vinegar are the only vinegars that are truly unpasteurized and contain the natural “mother.”

Does Coconut Vinegar Have Similar Health Benefits to Apple Cider Vinegar?

For many years, apple cider vinegar has been touted as the cure-all for nearly every health ailment known to man. While some of these are justified—like its ability to improve digestion when taken before meals—it's important to look at the science to see what grounds these claims have. You'll be pleasantly surprised to find there have actually been numerous studies conducted on vinegar that should justify its place in your pantry. These studies include the following findings:

  • Vinegar may help regulate blood sugar levels.
  • It may reduce blood pressure.
  • Vinegar is well known for its antimicrobial properties.
  • Vinegar taken prior to a meal may help alleviate heartburn.
  • It's high in acetic acid which can help improve your body's uptake of certain nutrients.

Coconut vinegar specifically has many other great qualities worth noting, including:

  • It is low on the glycemic index.
  • It's made without yeasts, added sugar or synthetic acids.
  • Coconut vinegar is abundant in 17 amino acids.
  • It is rich in nutrients, including important minerals like potassium, magnesium, and sodium, and vitamins B and C.
  • It contains a prebiotic that promotes healthy digestion.
  • Its pH level is nearly neutral (compared to many other vinegars that are very acidic).

How To Use Coconut Vinegar In Recipes?

Shake the bottle well before use so you can savor the coconut vinegar goodness in each serving. With a far milder and smoother taste compared to apple cider vinegar, the younger members of your family may find coconut vinegar more palatable. You can easily use coconut vinegar in any recipe that calls for vinegar. Add it to homemade mayonnaise or to water when poaching eggs. Coconut vinegar is also great as a base for salad dressings such as vinaigrettes. It's a scrumptious choice for marinating meats, as it will help tenderize the meat. Wildly Organic's coconut vinegar really shines in this Clean-Eating Olive Oil and Coconut Vinegar Massaged Kale Salad!

Have you ever used coconut vinegar? What's your favorite way to use it?

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