Palm oil

  • Palm oil comes from the fruit of the oil palm. On average 20 tonnes per hectare per year are harvested on a plantation, which yield 5 tonnes of palm oil.
  • The palms grow in tropical climates, mainly in Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea, but also in West Africa and Colombia.
  • Palm oil is used in products such as margarine, raw materials for bakeries, biscuits, cakes and pastry, and for frying fries, potato-based products and onions. Palm oil is also used in cosmetics and soap.
  • Palm oil has a melting point of between 36 and 39 degrees Celsius.
Also known as arachis oil or groundnut oil, this oil is obtained by pressing peanuts. The peanuts are grown in West Africa, the United States, China, India and South America.
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