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Organic Red Palm Oil

1_Nutiva_Red_Palm_OilWe’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.

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Nutiva Founder & CEO John W. Roulac with Red Palm farmer in Ecuador

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.

3_Hands_Red_Palm_Berries Quality

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.

Nutrition

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).

Uses

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

 

Comments

  1. When Red Palm Oil is available, what will the cost be and what sizes will it come in?

  2. How is your red palm oil extracted? Is it cold pressed?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Brian,
      Red palm oil is processed much differently than coconut oil is.
      The red palm fruit goes thru a steam process to wash and extract the oil into the final product.

  3. Nutiva – Is your Red Palm oil a solid or liquid? Unlike coconut oil, does it go rancid? I would buy a gallon if it stores without going rancid. Above you said it will arrive in May. I guess I missed it. So when do you expect the next shipment?

    • Toni Profera says:

      Can you suggest a couple of ways to use Red Palm Oil? (other than just by the teaspoon for health). Since you say the smoke point is 302 degrees, would it be appropriate to saute tempeh in? Can you use it in place of butter on fish as you are baking or roasting? any suggestions would be appreciated, to make sure it does not break down in cooking. When you are baking and have the oven set at 350, are you in a safe range?
      Thanks!

      • The Nutiva Team says:

        Hi Toni,
        It’s always best to have a thermometer in your oven, unless it’s a modern unit that really does manage its temps properly. That said, yes you can definitely replace butter with Red Palm Oil in roasted fish or veggies, and it will add an excellent flavor profile to gourds and potatoes. It’s terrific for low-heat sautés, and it should be fine for tempeh on low to medium heat. We would recommend that you get to know it a bit with a veggie stir fry. One warning, it’s powerful color will stain if spattered. Keep the heat low at first and then increase. Try not to pour it into a super-hot pan or you’ll end up with little orange spots all over yourself. :)

  4. Nutiva,
    I have a concern that I hope you can help me with…I have an allergy to coconut oil and have been wondering what other oil I can use that is as healthy. Now, with the Red Palm Oil, I wonder if it would be a risk for me, being a tropical oil as well. I’m sure I’d have to do a trial & error test but am wondering if you know something about the two oils to educate me.

  5. Anita Woods says:

    I am curious to know if you will be posting some recipes so to give people an idea how we might use the red palm oil? I am changing my eating habits & eating more healthful these days & I do love your products & am trying the coconut manna & saw the red palm oil in my local grocery store & was curious. I have used the coconut oil for awhile now & love it! I even got my sister committed to using it! lol…I love your products! I also would like to know if the coconut oil is still safe to use after the expiry date on the jar? Thanks

  6. How much Vit E & A per 14g serving? You competitor, OKONATUR, clearly states this on their label:

    + 8480IU Vit A
    + 1.3 IU Vir E (mixed Tocopherol).

    Also, their product is MUCH darker in color. Is that an indication of higher Vit A & E?

  7. Carolyn says:

    is the red palm oil refined or unrefined? is it a virgin oil?

  8. Is your red palm oil extracted from the flower or the kernel? Thanks

  9. Thomas Zinecker says:

    I am also curious about Red palm oil and rancidity. Does heat change when you cook with it as does nearly every other oil besides Coconut oil? If so, that is devastating for your health. This product might only be able to be used cold. Salads, etc.

    However my second thought is that since it goes through a heating processing in which ways does it change the fatty acids and I am also curious since heat destroys vitamins and minerals how much % does this steam process kill the Vitamins A and E?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Thomas,

      Great questions. Thanks a lot for asking. The smoke-point on Nutiva’s Red Palm Oil is 302° F, so it is best to stay below this temperature when cooking with it. Note there are more refined palm oils with smoke points up to 460°F but Nutiva does not currently offer that.

      As for heat temperatures and vitamins/minerals, there are differences of opinions as to what extent the specific temps at which this occurs. For example, most people eat steamed broccoli or kale and leading nutritionists believe this is a great way to obtain such nutrients, even when cooked. The steaming process Nutiva uses for producing Red Palm Oil is similar in temperatures to steaming vegetables.

      Red Palm Oil stands up well to temperatures up to its smoke point, although there will be some loss of Vitamin A at higher temps. Cooking with oils does not cause rancidity. Rancidity is the result of gradual breakdown in fatty acids to peroxides and free fatty acids over time.

      It is not a good idea to save oil that has been heated for cooking, as heating the oil will accelerate the oxidation process after it has cooled down and has been stored for future use.

  10. JA Rhys-Morgan says:

    I just purchased your Organic Red Palm Oil from The Vitamin Shoppe. I just discovered that this oil comes in two forms: a thick buttery consistency that liquifies when heated and another, that is already liquified in a bottle that doesn’t solidify at room temperature.
    Is the liquified bottle an extra virgin Red Palm Oil which has a higher Vitamin A and E content? And what is the difference between your product and the liquid form?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hello JA,
      Nutiva’s Red Palm Oil is less refined then the liquid oil that you’re referring to. The refining process tends to reduce the Vitamin A and E content, which thins it out and lightens the color.

  11. JA Rhys-Morgan says:

    What happened to my question? And why did you remove it and not answer it?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi again JA, We didn’t remove your comment, and we didn’t not answer it.

      All comments require moderation. You left your question after hours on Friday. We therefore didn’t see your comment until Monday morning. We ping our QA department for the answer, and they can take a few hours to get to the question, due to being busy with their work. All said, the response time on this question was 5 hours. Thanks a lot for reaching out!

  12. JA Rhys-Morgan says:

    Thanks!

  13. Can virgin red palm oil be consumed in it’s processed form, i.e. drank from a glass, or do you have to mix it with a cooked food product somehow? I don’t cook and therefore, I would prefer to just drink the liquid form as bottled if it is safe to do so.

    Thank you,

    JL

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Jeffrey,

      Yes you can consume our Red Palm Oil by the spoonful. It has a nice buttery, carrot flavor.

  14. Johnathan says:

    Hello Nutiva Team

    The label does not state a clear answer to whether it is a Refined Palm Oil or is it just steamed & Expeller pressed ? and what is the maximum temperature in the manufacturing process ? Thanks

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Johnathan,

      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, though some brands further refine their oil in ways which we do not. Our oil does change from a liquid to solid, depending on room temperature as a result of not refining it further. The temperature at which we steam the fruit is proprietary to our brand; our extraction processes guarantee the highest quality, most flavorful product.

      Thanks for reaching out.

  15. Hi, could you possibly tell me if Red Palm Oil contains any natural sulfites, And could you tell me can this oil be left at room temp or should I refrigerate? I was thinking of buying one of the gallons but if it needs to be refrigerated, I will have to transfer it to canning jars that will fit in my fridge. Oh and do you happen to have any idea how long it will stay good for once opened. Thank you very much !

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Alicia,

      We don’t add sulfites to any of our products, and we don’t test for them, so unfortunately we don’t know if there are naturally occurring ones. We suggest you store the red palm oil at room temperature in a cool, dry, dark place. We guarantee the freshness of our red palm oil for 1 full year from the date it was packaged. We stamp the “packed on” date onto the container. Thanks for reaching out.

  16. What is the shelf-life of the red palm oil?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Kiva,
      We recommend using the product within 1 year of its packed-on date. Cheers!

      • Hi, my red palm oil best before date is Apr. 9/14 and I haven’t opened it yet. I was going to use it in baking but I can see several yellow dots in the palm oil. Does this mean it is “off” or is it safe to go ahead and use it up??
        Thanks :/

        • The Nutiva Team says:

          Hi Rose. Red Palm Oil naturally separates because it is pressed from fruit and minimally processed. This means there is a variation in consistency, especially at different temperatures, and it is absolutely normal and safe to use. Enjoy!

  17. I would like to know if your product is suction sealed like pressure canning would be done to ensure long shelf life? I’d like to buy and store.

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hello Maritza,
      No, the Organic Red Palm Oil is not suction-sealed. We recommend using this product within one year of its packed-on date, to ensure freshness.

  18. Nutiva:

    I have a question about the smoke point of Red Palm Oil.
    Nutiva states that your oil smoke point is at the range of 302° F, whereas Tropical Traditions boast of Virgin Palm Oil smoke point going as high as 425° F.
    http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/red_palm_oil.htm
    It would seem to me that the higher smoke point would have stronger properties.
    Would you please tell me the difference in the two?
    Also, I notice that Tropical Traditions oil is called Virgin and Nutiva’s oil is called Red: what is the difference in the two oils?

    Thank You!
    Mark

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Mark,
      Thanks a lot for reaching out.

      As the world’s leading brand of organic virgin coconut oil, we are excited to offer our organic unrefined Red Palm Oil. Regarding the word “virgin,” there is no such thing as virgin red palm oil due to how the oil is processed. Nutiva has had our oil tested for smoke point and the 302° figure is accurate.
      We don’t believe that this other brand can have a smoke point of 425° while being unrefined. Refined clear palm oil does have a smoke point around 420°. We plan to post a chart of palm oil processing for people to understand better.

      Cheers, and thanks again for the excellent question.

  19. Hi,
    Do you use any other materials besides steam to extract the oil? Solvents etc?
    Thanks

  20. A friend just posted an article about the practices of the large industry palm oil industry and their impact on the orangutans. At first I was like “whoa…I am not using palm oil anymore” (yes, very reactionary). But then I realized I should do all my homework before I make an impulsive, emotional decision. I immediately came to your site to find out where the palm oil you sell comes from since I completely trust your practices. I was happy to find the discrepancy in two different practices for the same product. And wanted to let you know Nutiva was the first company I thought of to research the information. Thanks for being utterly conscious and caring for our earth and all others.

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      You’re welcome Courtney. It’s our hope that other brands will follow suit and better consider the impact of their supply and manufacturing processes.

    • I did the exact same thing as Courtney. I read this article and saw the pictures of devistation. I immediately came to your site and read up on your practice of red palm growth as I just purchased some Red Palm Oil this week from Nutiva. I feel emotional & proud that I can trust and have confidence in your company and in it’s support of the environment. I feel so happy that I can support your company! Thank you!

  21. I would like to purchase some of this red palm oil. It seems like a better alternative to butter. Butter gives a lot of flavor but its not really that good for you. I’m just wondering, does the red palm oil taste anything like butter? And what is its consistency, is it like coconut oil or more like butter?

  22. Red palm oil gets its name from its characteristic dark red color because of its high content of carotenoids—the same nutrients that give carrots, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables their orange and red colors. Dr. Mehmet Oz recently proclaimed red palm oil as his most miraculous find for 2013. Red palm oil is a unique nutritious vegetable oil derived from the fruits of the palm tree (Elaeis guineensis). It is the only oil in nature that provides a bouquet of antioxidants and phytonutrients such as tocotrienols/tocopherol (vitamin E), mixed-carotenes with high level of alpha-carotene (pro-vitamin A), plant squalene, phytosterol complex and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). No other vegetable oil has such unique natural combination of phytonutrients.
    http://beautyorganicoils.blogspot.ca/

  23. Hola, I have a silly question. I just wanted to know if the red palm oil any good for any type of hair?
    Thx!!!

  24. I am wondering why you don’t put your whole processing method on your label? You would get more “takers” that way…

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Elaine,
      Our processing methods are proprietary and the result is arguably the most-delicious Red Palm Oil product on the market! We’re very proud of what we’ve been able to create, especially with the sustainable harvesting of the plants.

  25. Can you fry chicken in this palm oil? I’d love to know.

    Thanks

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Tiza,
      Nutiva’s Red Palm Oil is an excellent oil for sautés and low to medium cooking situations. You wouldn’t use this oil for deep-frying as it will scorch at higher heats. If you’re interested in lightly sautéing your chicking with veggies, for instance, Red Palm Oil would be terrific for that purpose.

  26. Why isn’t your Red Palm Oil RSPO certified? And when you say the fields are dispersed through regional forests isn’t this just another way of saying the fields are in the rain forests? How do you disperse these fields without clearing?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Aura,
      Thanks for your question. Our red palm oil is not RSPO certified because we believe that at present, the standards and level of enforcement are not high enough. The RSPO was established to “transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm,” and we hope they are able to make significant progress to that end. Our objective is to lead by example by responsibly sourcing sustainable red palm from small, organic family farms, growing the relationships with our farmers and giving back to the community. Did you know red palm is a tree crop? Rather than growing on expansive plantations, the areas where our red palm is grown are diverse with many plant and animal species. Absolutely no rainforests are cleared or damaged.

      • Is the red palm native to Ecuador?

        • The Nutiva Team says:

          Hi Aura,

          Red palm is native to Ecuador and has also been cultivated there. There are two varieties of palm that produce palm oil, one from Latin American and one from Africa. The variety we grow in Ecuador is a domesticated version of the Latin palm. Thanks for your question!

  27. Is your Red Palm Oil best stored in the refrigerator or a cupboard or _____? Thanks!

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Wendi,
      The product doesn’t need to be refrigerated, though you might want to put it in the fridge in the summer months, IF you prefer to work with it in a more solid form. When the temps go up the product will soften, which many people prefer though it’s entirely up to you. Cheers!

  28. Louann Chapman says:

    I purchased your Red Palm oil and loved it! My first use was for my organic popcorn and it was so delicious, I didn’t have to butter it! I love your company’s ethics and try to buy your products above all other brands if they are available, and thankfully, our food co-op offers many (chia seeds, coconut palm sugar, hemp seeds and many others). I just watched the 1st episode of “Years of Living Dangerously” narrated by Harrison Ford and others about climate change on Showtime and You-Tube. It had a big section on Indonesia’s deforestation for palm oil and the aerial views made me cry they were so discouraging! Thanks so much for providing a sustainable option for us and I will pass the word on to anyone I know. Keep up the good work!!

  29. I used Nutiva’s red palm oil in a batch of pumpkin soap–it helps make the lather more long lasting and it’s great for your skin. And it bumped up the orange color of the final bar. A lot of soap makers have stopped using palm oil because of the deforestation, but I’ll be using yours and will spread the word about it!

  30. Can this product be used for hair care?

    • The Nutiva Team says:

      Hi Annie! Because of the bright orange color of the Red Palm Oil, we do not recommend using this product in your hair. However, our Virgin and Refined Coconut Oils are great for hair and body care!

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