We’re excited to introduce our delicious organic Red Palm Oil grown on small organic family farms in NW Ecuador. By partnering with Natural Habitats in Ecuador we ensure that no deforestation or habitat destruction results from the growing or harvesting process. Nutiva is also promoting social programs in the area by building a small health clinic for the local doctor, and hiring a full-time soccer coach and providing uniforms for the local youth.
Organic and Sustainable
While Red Palm Oil grown in SE Asia often contributes to rainforest and orangutan habitat destruction, Nutiva’s Organic Red Palm Oil does not. In fact, orangutans don’t live in Ecuador, which is located in South America. In addition, most palm oil is non-organic, which results in farmers spraying Roundup™ or other harsh herbicides at the base of each tree twice a year. Organic growing practices avoid introducing these toxins into the environment.
The region of Ecuador where Nutiva’s Red Palm Oil is grown has numerous small family farms, averaging 10 hectares (about 25 acres), interspersed throughout the regional forests. These subsistence farms were planted many years ago and are now being worked by second and third generation farming families. As an organic farm, they have a very healthy environment for animal and plant life that blends with the surrounding forest.
Our extraction processes guarantee the highest quality, most flavorful product. To extract the oil fresh-harvested organic palm fruit bunches are steamed to release the oil from the fruit then expeller-pressed to further separate the oil. All palm oil is extracted this way; there is no 100 percent raw red palm oil.
Until recently, red palm oil had few users due to its powerful odor and flavor. Nutiva uses a proprietary cold-filtering process that maintains the beneficial nutritional qualities while removing most of the strong scent and flavor. The end result is a delicious buttery oil, rich in antioxidants and with a mild carroty flavor.
For over 5,000 years this plant-based fat has been a staple of indigenous cultures. Legend has it that this sacred food was revered for its healthful properties and entombed with the pharaohs of ancient Egypt for their enjoyment in the afterlife.
This long-standing reputation comes from Red Palm Oil’s nutrient dense properties. Red palm oil contains the highest amounts of vitamins A and E of any plant- based oil. Its dark red color comes from carotenes, such as alpha-carotene and beta-carotene (vitamin A) nutrients that provide color to fruits and vegetables such as carrots and tomatoes. Red palm also contains at least ten other carotenes, including the antioxidants, tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E).
Red palm oil adds a delicious, buttery flavor and warm yellow color to a variety of dishes. Use in rice, quinoa, muffins, smoothies, spreads, sauces, soups, stews, fish dishes, guacamole, popcorn and medium-heat sautéing. It can also be blended with other oils, such as olive or coconut for baking. For an easy way to add antioxidant-rich fats to your dinner, brush your favorite vegetables with Nutiva Red Palm Oil before or after broiling. Sprinkle with seasoning to taste.
Check out these terrific Organic Red Palm Oil Recipes from
The Nutiva Kitchen
Nutiva Organic Red Palm Oil FAQ Page HERE