There are so many different types of cooking oil available to consumers today — and it is quite easy to buy just about any type of cooking oil imaginable at your grocery store or through on-line merchants.
It got me wondering about the types of vegetable-based oils used around the world, and which type is the most popular.
Here is what I found out…
The the top 5 vegetable-based oils used world-wide are:
- Palm Oil
- Soybean Oil
- Rapeseed (Canola oil)
- Sunflower Oil
- Peanut Oil
The list of top 9 by world consumption, in million metric tons and notes are below.
(million metric tons)
|Palm||41.31||The most widely produced tropical oil, also used to make biofuel|
|Soybean||41.28||Accounts for about half of worldwide edible oil production|
|Rapeseed||18.24||One of the most widely used cooking oils, canola is a variety (cultivar) of rapeseed|
|Sunflower seed||9.91||A common cooking oil, also used to make biodiesel|
|Peanut||4.82||Mild-flavored cooking oil|
|Cottonseed||4.99||A major food oil, often used in industrial food processing|
|Palm kernel||4.85||From the seed of the African palm tree|
|Coconut||3.48||Used in soaps and cooking|
|Olive||2.84||Used in cooking, cosmetics, soaps and as a fuel for traditional oil lamps|
Note: This data is for world consumption of oils used for cooking (blends), for straight vegetable oils, for oils to make biodiesel, for oils in industrial use and animal feed use. Information Source: USDA, Table Source: Wikipedia
Were you surprised — as I was — to see coconut oil and olive oil ranked #8 and #9, respectively, and not in the top five?
Did you know….
- Rudolf Diesel (the German inventor of the diesel engine) originally designed his engine to run on peanut oil.
- “Canola” oil — made from the rapeseed plant — got its name from the Canadian researchers who developed a variety used for cooking oil sold in the market today. The name “canola” was coined from “Canada Oil low acid”. Definitely better sounding than “rapeseed”.
Do you have a favorite oil to use in your household?
In our kitchen, we primarily use extra virgin olive oil, and do keep corn oil on hand for frying or if we need an oil that can tolerate cooking in higher temperatures.
For everyday cooking, we use the California Olive Ranch “Bold & Peppery” Miller’s Blend extra virgin olive oil.
As the name implies, the olive oils are from California sources, since after all, we are based in California. It’s delicious!
And if you are looking for the perfect earth-friendly gift bag for the next time you give a gift of delicious olive oil to your host or hostess, or for a housewarming present, be sure to check out our handcrafted and sustainably made olive oil gift bags on our market pages. — mj