THE OIL PALM
The Oil Palm, whose scientific name is Elaeis guineensis Jacq, originates from West Africa.
It was first brought into this country by the British in the 1870’s as an ornamental plant in their gardens. However, other countries were already familiar with it based on the earliest evidences of its usage :
Traces of palm oil found in 5000-year old burial urns in Abydos, Egypt
The barter of palm oil for salt used centuries ago
The planting of oil palm started on a large scale in Malaysia in the 1960s. It was introduced by the Malaysian Government as a scheme to eradicate poverty and raise the standard of living among the rural population.
Today, oil palm grows and flourish in plantations which can be found throughout the country, from Perlis to Sabah.
The oil palm tree is truly profitable. The high yield of palm oil can continue for 20 to 30 years. The planting of oil palm requires less land compared to other oil yielding crops.
A healthy oil palm tree can produce approximately 26 Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB) per year. Once the palm fruit ripens, it turns reddish gold in colour. It must be harvested immediately and sent to the mill to ensure that the oil produced is of high quality.
The oil palm fruit produces 2 types of oils:
PALM OIL PROCESSING
Malaysian Palm Oil
HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS
FRYING & COOKING
Stable at high temperature
Less smoke, spatter and foam
Less gummy residues on walls and utensils
GREAT FOR HEALTH
Helps in the absorption of Vitamins A,D,E & K
FREE of Trans Fat and Cholesterol
Rich in Vitamin E Tocotrienols
Suitable for Vegans
May help protect
against heart disease
Malaysian Red Palm Oil is an
EXCELLENT SOURCE OF PROVITAMIN A CAROTENOIDS
Underwent a special processing method that retains the presence of natural Provitamin A Carotenoids
Exhibits a powerful antioxidant activity
May help protect against heart disease and suppress proliferation of cancer cells
Boosts the immune
Also rich in Vitamin E Tacotrienols
PALM OIL AND ITS USES
Palm oil is versatile and well suited for use in various food applications