What is Virgin Palm Oil?It is a palm oil “traditionally made” and hails from the tropical palm tree native to the tropical areas in Africa. Tropical Traditions sources this oil from West Africa, from small scale family farmers, that are certified organic. It’s red hue comes from it’s unrefined state, which contains carotenoids. It is fascinating to learn from Tropical Traditions website that virgin palm oil contains 15 times more carotenoids than carrots and 300 times more than tomatoes!
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I admit I was skeptical when I opened the jar of virgin palm oil and even more skeptical when I tasted it, but when I began to implement it in many ways in my cooking, it was clear to me that this oil is one to be reckoned with!
My first try with the oil was on a staple in our home…Paninis. We have Paninis several times a week. The first time I used the oil, I coated the griddle with it. I didn’t taste a huge difference. I made a Panini the next day and this time I decided to drizzle the oil on both sides of the bread and sprinkle a bit of garlic powder like I usually do and what happened still stuns me! My delicious Panini went from great to gourmet in one sitting. My daughter raved about it!
Next was potatoes! I sautéed the potatoes in the oil. The flavor was so delicious and completely another level. The only term I can really use to describe it is gourmet! I cooked my Salmon with it, using all of my traditional seasoning and yet still produced a completely different dish. My husband literally licked his plate clean. I love the fact that I can serve him foods fried in this oil without concern. The quality of this oil is simply amazing! This oil may be red, but it certainly has a golden touch!
You too, can have this oil in the palm of your hand!
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