Desiccated coconut is coconut meat which has been shredded or flaked and then dried to remove as much moisture as possible.
There are a number of different styles of desiccated coconut used around the world, and availability of this coconut product varies, depending on the region where one is shopping.
If desiccated coconut is not available, regular dried coconut can be used as a replacement, although dried content tends to have a higher moisture content, despite the “dried” in the name.
Many producers also make sweetened versions. The label should clearly specify whether or not the coconut has been sweetened.