Published on: September 15, 2021
Welcome back to our monthly palm oil recipes series where we share some of our favorite meals and snacks that you can make at home using sustainably sourced palm oil. If you are unfamiliar with palm oil, where it comes from, and how it’s made, we invite you to explore some of our resources detailing how palm can be an ethical stable in your kitchen. If you are new to cooking with palm oil, you can check back each month to get some ideas and recipes to try out!
Summer is wrapping up and in some parts of the country, autumn is already underway. What better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons and the darkening of days than to indulge in some warm, gooey, homemade chocolate dessert? These tasty treats are ready to be indulged in, so preheat your oven, and get cooking!
Palm Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sit back, relax, and enjoy some natural, delicious cookies.
Why Palm Oil?
Palm oil is a versatile ingredient and household item that can be used for a great range of uses including baking, cooking, cleaning, and home goods creation. Unfortunately palm oil has long held a bad reputation due to longstanding environmental and ethical harvest practice questions and concerns. But it is important to know that not all palm oil is ‘bad’ palm oil. There are those who are making “Palm Done Right” – palm that is harvested ethically in a way that actually benefits the environment and the communities that it comes from. In its greater manifestations palm oil is safe, healthy, and important part of the global food system.
What is Palm Oil?
Palm oil comes from the fruit of the African oil palm, Elaesis Guineensis, one of the two main fruit-bearing tropical palm species (the other being Cocos Nucifera, which produces coconuts). Oil palms begin producing fruit once they’re 3-4 years old, yet will continue to grow and produce year-round for up to forty years. As the oil palm grows, it sends out a new set of leaves from the tip of the trunk, which then forms flowers that turn into fruit clusters (in industry terms, these are called fresh fruit bunches, or FFB).
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