Recently The Malaysian Palm Oil Council has arranged a Palm Oil Gourmet Delight Event at Ardor 2.1 in Cannaught Palace, New Delhi. More than 50 bloggers were called at this very huge event.
The several activities like food tasting session, food hunt, and a healthy lunch were arranged for the bloggers and other people from media fraternity. The event started with a comprehensive information session by
The activities were divided into two 1. Food Hunt and 2. Blind food
The Pandey Paan that offered us paan with palm oil used in preparation, My Bar Headquarters where we participated in salad making activity using palm oil for dressing, which was judged by Dr.Bhawna and Punjabi By Nature where we filled up a questionnaire based on the presentation related to Palm oil we had witnessed earlier.
Then we reach our starting points means Ardor 2.1 and quite amazed to see many participants already started with Blind food tasting session. In this activity, we were offered a gravy and asked to jot down the ingredients of the dish, no doubt palm oil was the main ingredient of it.
The Malaysian Palm Oil Council has undertaken the task to make people aware of this type of oil and it’s used along with its affordability so that consumers can make educated choices while browsing through the oil aisle at supermarkets. Malaysian Red Palm Oil is considered a superfood as it is produced through a special refining technology that retains High-Pro Vitamin A Carotenoids and antioxidants Vitamin E Tocotrienols.
Palm oil is processed carefully. First, the fresh fruit bunches are pulled out of trees and transported to the palm oil mill. It is then sterilized by transferring the bunches into metal cages and pumped with horizontal sterilizers. This is done to neutralize enzymes and soften the fruits. After being taken out of the sterilizers the fruit bunches are places into the thresher. The thresher separates the oil plan fruit from the bunch.
They then go through the process called digestion where the segregated fruit is heated and the exocarp is digested in the digester. Mesocarp is separated from the endocarp and kernel. Post this the mesocarp is pressed to release crude palm oil in the extraction or pressing machine. The next step is the clarification and purification of the crude oil where essentially the insoluble content is removed. After this comes to refining and fractionation. Here CPO or the Crude Palmolein oil is refined to form bleached and deodorized oil. Fractionation separates olein from the soled part (stearin). This process is pure and transparent and excessive care is taken to complete each step meticulously.
Palm Oil started to make Malaysia its home on a large scale in the 1960’s. It all started when the Malaysian Government introduced a land cultivation scheme for the purpose of planting oil palm trees.
The objective of this scheme was to eradicate poverty and raise the standard of living of the rural Malaysian population.
Presently, palm oil trees grow and flourish in palm oil plantations which are to be found throughout Malaysia.
Olive oil is touted as the gold standard among all edible oils today; a reputation that has been gained primarily from its association of a lower incidence of heart disease among the Mediterranean populations but Palmolein oil is just as beneficial but enough awareness has not been spread which needs to change so that people understand that Palm oil can prove to be an affordable alternative.
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