Archive for December, 2011

Evening Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil is an oil that is derived from the seeds of the evening primrose plant. The plant is native to America and some parts of Europe and is mainly harvested for its seeds and roots which are believed to contain medicinal value. The evening primrose oil has a faint, nutty taste that many people find pleasant. However, if the evening primrose oil tastes bitter or bad, discard it as it turns rancid fairly quickly. It is most commonly used as a dietary supplement because of its rich gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) content. About 80% of the oil is composed […]

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Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of the most widely used oils today and plays a major role in our everyday lives. It is edible and appears as a thick, viscous liquid which is produced from the kernel of matured coconuts. The intensity of its colour depends on its level of refinement, with the most refined version being colourless. Freshly squeezed coconut oil is typically light brown to bright yellow in colour. Coconut oil is largely comprised of saturated fatty acids, making it extremely stable and resistant to oxidation. It typically has a shelf life of 2 years, but it can last […]

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Castor Oil

Castor oil is a thick, golden liquid obtained from the seeds of the castor plant (also called castor beans) that has no scent or odour. Note that the castor seeds are only nominally called beans and are not in fact, true beans. The intensity of the colour of the castor oil depends on its level of refinement, with the colourless version of the oil being the most refined and vice versa. The castor beans are made up of about 50% in oil and are mostly harvested in China and India. Although averagely priced, castor oil is difficult and dangerous to […]

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Walnut Oil

Walnut oil is the oil extracted from cold-pressing walnuts. It has a strong, nutty scent and is light-coloured. The most common walnuts to produce the oil are the English walnuts. There are differing perspectives of archaeologists about the origin of the walnuts, but the most widely accepted one is that the walnuts first originated in Persia. Due to this fact, it is sometimes also known as Persian oil. Walnut oil is relatively expensive and is not usually used for culinary purposes. However, they have various medicinal properties which have been proven to benefit health. Properties The most striking property of […]

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Argan Oil

The argan oil is undoubtedly one of the rarest vegetable oils in the world, and consequently one of the most expensive due to its small and slow productivity rate. It has the appearance of a dense, golden liquid at room temperature and is extremely rich and diverse both in minerals and vitamins. It is considered a luxury oil by many. The argan tree is an ancient tree that is only endemic to Morocco, meaning that it is only confined to regions in Morocco and is not usually found anywhere else in the world. Argan oil is obtained by pressing the […]

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Canola Oil

Canola oil is an edible oil that is obtained from the crushing of the seeds of the canola plant. It first made its appearance in Canada back in the 1970s. Today, the production of canola oil is very profitable. The oil makes up about 50% of the volume of the seeds and thus yields a particularly good result when processed. The remaining seed mash still contains a lot of nutrients and is therefore used as animal feed. The canola oil and the rapeseed oil both come from the same species of plant, but from different cultivars of the species. This […]

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