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You've read the praises of a variety of oils for healthy cooking including olive, canola, soy but there's is new praise for an orange colored oil that comes from fig-sized fruits whch grow in clusters on he oil palm. Oil palm trees only grow in the tropics, 10 degrees above and below the equator.
This tree was discovered thousands of years ago in West Africa. Then a century ago the oil palm tree with its sturdy, spiny trunk and giant palm fronds was transplanted to Malaysia to decorate the countryside. Little did the country imagine that there would be 2.1 million hectares growing and producing throughout plantations in Malaysia. Today, palm oil is the top cash crop of this southeast Asian country.
In the late 19th century this area of the world relied mainly on the …