Effect of Prolonged Storage of Palm Kernel On the Characteristics And Stability Of Palm Kernel Oil

 

Effect of Prolonged Storage of Palm Kernel On the Characteristics And Stability Of Palm Kernel Oil

Introduction

Palm kernel oil is an edible plant oil, derived from the kernel of the oil palm (Elaeis guineensis).The palm fruit yields two distinct oils, palm oil derived from the outer part of the fruit and palm kernel oil derived from the kernel (Edem, 2002).

The oil palm is a tropical plant that grows in warm climates at altitude below 500 meters above sea level (Poku, 2002). It is generally believed that oil palm originated from the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, the main belt runs through the southern latitudes of Cameroun, coted’ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, sierra Leone, Togo, and unto the equatorial region of Angola and Congo. It was later introduced to tropical America by Portuguese slave traders and colonizers, who used it as part of the diet for their slaves in Brazil (Hartley, 1988). The plant appears to have thrived better in the Far East like Malaysia thus providing the largest commercial production of an economic crop far removed from its origin. [Read more…]