Have you ever wondered where the oil that you use for your business comes from?
Vegetable oils (Rapeseed, Sunflower, Palm, Olive) are extracted from either the seed of the plant or from other parts of the fruits.
The oils are removed by crushing/pressing the seeds and is typically done via mechanical extraction.
Once the oils are extracted from the seed or fruit they are often refined, meaning the oils are cleansed.
Once this process is complete, the oil becomes lighter in colour, smell and flavour.
Refined oils are typically used in the food industry..
Rapeseed is the third most important crop grown in the UK and is the only Vegetable Oil that is grown and bottled in the UK. Rapeseed plants produce sunny yellow flowers around Spring.
Sunflower oil comes from the seeds of the sunflower plant and is mainly used in the food industry as a frying oil. In 2018 a global total of 17.75 million metric tons on Sunflower Oil was produced. Sunflower Oil is typically produced outside of the UK.
Palm oil is extracted from the pulp of the palm fruit, grown on the palm tree. The pulp is then cold pressed and may be refined before used in food applications. Often referred to as Red Palm Oil due to its colour, however once refined is labelled White Palm Oil due to the loss of colour during the refining process.
Olive Oil is created by crushing whole olives taken from an Olive Tree. The oil is then generally used in dressings and drizzles and is often infused with other ingredients such as chili or garlic.
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