Coconut milk is an opaque, milky white liquid extracted from the grated pulp of mature coconuts. The opacity and rich taste of coconut milk is due to its high oil content, most of which is saturated fat. Coconut milk is a traditional food ingredient used in Southeast Asia, Oceania, South Asia, and East Africa.
Coconut milk is differentiated into subtypes based on fat content. with a maximum of around 20% fat; and coconut skims milk with negligible amounts of fat. This terminology is not always followed in commercial coconut milk sold in western countries.
Coconut milk can also be used to produce milk substitutes. These products are not the same as regular coconut milk products which are meant for cooking, not drinking.