Red Palm oil is vegetable oil that is rich in numerous vitamins, antioxidants, and acids and is regularly consumed in West African cuisine. This oil comes from the Elaeis Guineesis species of palm commonly known as African palm. The term “Elaeis” means “Palm” in Latin and “Guineesis” means “from Guinea.” Palm oil specifically comes from the Gulf of Guinea, between Angola and the Gambia.
Palm oil, dating back 5,000 years, is a staple of West African society. Being one of the earliest traded commodities in human history, palm oil was found in the 1880 exactions of the 3,000 BC tombs in Abydos, Egypt. The magical properties of oil that existed in pre-dynasty Egypt bring societal value to numerous societies today.
Highly colored and flavored, palm oil is an essential ingredient in African cuisine. The production main-belt spans from southern Senegal to Central Africa covering Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Angola, DRC, Gabon, and Congo.
Red palm oil is a staple in African food and is a major source of fat for half-billion people worldwide. Palm oil is commonly sold as Redefined Bleached Deodorized Oil by large companies. The production of unrefined palm oil is shrinking. African palm oil producers are in competition with large Asian plantations. African consumers are struggling to find a sustainable and trustworthy product because this specific type of red palm oil does not currently exist in the market. There is significant demand for well-priced palm oil of higher quality within the African middle class and its diaspora.
We reduce the labor hardship associated with producing palm oil through mechanization, ensuring sustainable practices, and providing sources of income by adding value to by-products. Filtering and packaging the oil is done locally to guarantee product integrity. Eleis Farm leverages its’ land, machinery, and network of co-ops and provides full traceability that encourages trust of the growing African diaspora, which protects the environment. Our oil will be sold in African stores in areas with a high African diaspora population.