About the book
Palm oil has accounted for more than a quarter of a percentage of the oils produced from oil crops around the world. This is essentially an edible vegetable oil that comes from the fruit of oil palm trees bearing the scientific name Elaeis guineensis. Oil palm trees are native to Africa but were brought to South-East Asia just over 100 years ago as an ornamental tree crop. It is also used in food products, detergents, cosmetics, and, to a small extent, biofuel. There are many books out there that focus on various industrial aspects of palm oil. The agricultural aspects appear to be well covered in detail as well. Thus, this book is positioned to serve as an update to the chemical, processing, and functional properties of palm oil, providing an overview of the current status and also projecting the future of the palm oil industry based on these recent findings.