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About Palm Oil

  • The oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis) is an ancient plant originally from tropical West Africa
  • Oil palm trees grow best in band of circa ±7 degrees of the Equator where it is hot and humid with consistent rainfall of at least 1,800mm per annum
  • The oil palm tree produces fruit bunches in its forth years and has an average productive life span of approximately 25 years
  • At maturity, an oil palm tree may produce between 8 to 12 bunches of fruit each year weighing between 10 and 25 kilogrammes each
  • Each fruit bunch contains more than a thousand fruitlets. The fruitlets consist of a hard seed (kernel), surrounded by fleshy husk (mesocarp) and enclosed in a shell (endocarp)
  • The fruitlets are mechanically stripped from the harvested bunches and Crude Palm Oil is extracted from the fleshy husk (mesocarp) through a pressing process

By-products of the palm oil process are put to good use: 

  • The pressed fibrous husk (mesocarp) is dried and used as fuel for boilers to power the palm oil factories
  • Palm kernels are crushed to produce Palm Kernel Oil (PKO)
  • Palm kernel expeller (what remains after the palm kernels are crushed) is dried and used as animal feed
  • Empty fruit bunches are applied to the land as organic fertiliser
  • Ash from the boilers is applied to the land as organic fertilizer
  • Palm oil is the most efficient oilseed crop in the world. One hectare of oil palm is able to produce several times more oil than other leading oilseed crop
  • Palm oil has a longer shelf life than other oils as it does not become easily rancid
  • Palm oil is rich in Vitamin E and high levels of natural tocotrienols which are believed to help lower bad cholesterol and protect against brain diseases
  • Palm oil is high in carotenoids, a rich source of vitamin A. The body stores carotenoids, converting them in to vitamin A when needed. Vitamin A stimulates the immune system and controls the growth and functions of body tissues.
  • Palm oil is naturally semi-solid and does not need to undergo hydrogenation, a process that creates trans fatty acids which are detrimental to human health