Bulk Palm Oil Distribution
Palm oil is a vegetable oil that is derived from the oil palm (Elaesis guineensis). The oil itself is used for everything the production of soap to cooking. It can even be used as a bio fuel. The oil palm is commonly found in Southeast Asia and tropical Africa. Palm oil is mainly produced in Malaysia, Indonesia and several African countries.
Palm oil is normally red in color. This is due to the high levels of beta-carotene found within the oil itself. Because of the high amount of saturated fats, at room temperature it is semi-solid. It is composed of both unsaturated and saturated fats and it typically termed cholesterol-free. Palm oil has long been a part of traditional cooking in Africa and parts of Asia, but recently has seen a rise in popularity throughout the world as a cooking oil. This is primarily because of its inexpensive nature and the flavor stability of the finished product. The fruit of the oil palm tree produces two separate oils – palm kernel oil and palm oil. Palm oil can be used as a biodiesel fuel. It is prized for this purpose and is both a renewable energy source and one that releases fewer emissions into the environment.
Hard pressing the fruit of the oil palm tree produces palm oil. Once pressed, the resulting oil has a slightly sweet taste and is used for several different purposes. Soap, ointment and liniment manufactures use it in their products. Palm-kernel oil is produced by pressing and crushing the kernel of the fruit. This slightly lighter tastes oil has been likened to coconut oil.
The health benefits of palm oil are numerous. Because of the extremely high levels of beta-carotene and vitamin A, it is prized as a healthy alternative to animal based oils. Additionally, because it is cholesterol free and has a stable flavor, it is used in mayonnaise, salad dressings and other common cooking ingredients.
Recently, the distribution of palm oil has increased and changed as the popularity of the oil has grown. Historically, the oil was only used by the people of its indigenous countries. In the early part of the 1900’s, it became a more important commodity as soap producers began to use it in the formulation of their products. The industrial revolution saw a greater need for the oil as it was used as a lubricant for machines, especially in Great Britain.
Today, there are several councils and independent companies that distribute the oil in bulk. While these companies act mainly as whole sellers, in America it is often possible to purchase palm oil through Asian specialty shops because it is so prevalent in their cooking. There are also several websites that distribute the product on-line.
Scientific research into palm oil and palm-kernel oil is ongoing. Researchers are examining the oil for its health benefits as well as its use as a biofuel. As these studies continue, it is likely that palm oil will become more readily distributed.