Palm oil

edible vegetable oil from fruit of oil palms

Palm oil is a vegetable oil. Natural palm oil is red, but the red part is usually removed before the oil is used. It is made from the fruit of the African Oil Palm tree. Some comes from the American Oil Palm. Palm oil is used in many different products, like ice cream, toothpaste, chocolate, and candy. Most palm oil is made in West Africa and Southeast Asia on plantations.[1][2]

Removing oil from palm kernel
Palm oil
Palm fruit for making palm oil


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