palm oil


General Science

  • noun an edible oil produced from the seed or fruit of an oil palm


  • The oil extracted from the fruits of the oil palm, Elaeis guineensis, which originated in Africa but is now grown in Malaysia, Indonesia and other high rainfall tropical areas. About half the African production is used as cooking oil, the remainder is used for soap and industrial purposes and after treatment for margarine. The oil sets to a soft solid after extraction. It contains 40 per cent saturated, 40 per cent monounsaturated and 10 per cent polyunsaturated fat.