In this blog post, the types of palm trees will be discussed, in particular the oil palm and its uses in everyday products.
Palm trees are a gift from nature– a gift that has produced fruits loaded with energy and precious nutrients. There are two main types of tropical palms and one main kind of desert climate palm (Phoenix dactylifera¬– considered sacred in North Africa and surrounding regions). The two main types of tropical palms are the oil palm (Elaesis guineensis) and the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera).
The oil palm is a perennial tree that produces fruit all year round. It is the world’s highest yielding oil crop, with an output 5–10 times greater per hectare than other leading vegetable oils. The oil palm produces two oils: from the pulp or mesocarp (palm oil) and from the seed or kernel inside the hard shell mesocarp (palm kernel oil). Both oils can be used in crude and refined form.
Red or virgin palm oil is becoming the most popular among individual consumers. In contrast, white/refined palm oil is preferred for commercial use. The basic difference between red and white palm oil is the degree of processing. In addition, there is fractionated oil, which involves separating into two fractions, hence the name. The two fractions that can be made from palm oil are palm olein (liquid) and palm stearin (solid).
As for its uses, palm oil is versatile and can be found as a common ingredient in many consumer products due to its properties. It has a high melting point: at room temperature it is semi-solid, on a cold day or when refrigerated, it hardens as on a hot day, it can become completely liquid.
Other advantages include heat stability; palm oil can be used for all types of frying, as it has a high frying temperature (225 0C) and does not leave a greasy feeling in the mouth as sunflower or peanut oil does. It also blends well with other edible oils, and it is resistant to oxidization and rancidity, which entails products using palm oil have an extended shelf life. 50% of all products with every day usage contain palm oil. Products such as margarine, cereals, crisps, soaps and baked goods, to soaps, washing powders and cosmetics contain palm oil as an ingredient.
More information about palm oil can be found on the Natural Habitats website . Natural Habitats provides with organic, fair-trade and sustainable palm oil, being fully committed to ensuring the highest standards of responsible production, social development and environmental stewardship.
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