Where does avocado oil come from?

Avocado oil is pressed from the flesh of avocados (Persea americana). 60% of the fruit is oil and there are several different extraction methods that produce either refined or unrefined oil. Avocado oil can be successfully used for high heat cooking including stir fries, deep-frying barbecuing and roasting.  This is because avocado oil has a high smoke point (270ºC).  Avocados are native to the United States, but are now grown in many countries worldwide, with Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Peru being the top growers. Avocado oil is also widely produced as demand grows.

Avocado oil is one of the few oils that is not derived from seeds, but from the flesh of a fruit. Avocado oil is very versatile and can be used instead of vegetable oil or olive oil. It tastes mildly of avocado and has buttery and smoky undertones. Avocado oil can vary in colour from gold to dark green- depending on the quality of the oil. Avocado oil is usually made from fruit rejected by the fresh food market, but can nevertheless be quite expensive to buy. Why not make your own avocado oil?

How to make your own avocado oil

There are several different ways to produce avocado oil and our suggested method is not complicated. To make your own avocado oil You will need 12 avocados – preferably ones that are not too ripe- a cooking pan and a large piece of muslin. The result will be thick, green unrefined avocado oil that will taste really good.

  • Wash your avocados and then cut each one in half. Remove the pit (stone) and then scoop out the green flesh.
  • Place all the pulp in a food processor and blend until you have a smooth paste. Pour the paste into a suitable saucepan.
  • Bring the avocado flesh to the boil – stirring continuously. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook for about 5 minutes. You will see the avocado oil rising to the top.
  • The flesh should have turned dark in colour – if not, cook for a couple more minutes, stirring. The avocado flesh should be brown and any water evaporated. Allow to cool a little.
  • Spoon the avocado pulp into the centre of the piece of muslin and pull all the corners of the muslin together
  • Squeeze the muslin bag of avocado pulp over a small basin to extract the oil. The oil will come out very slowly.
  • Keep squeezing and changing your grip on the muslin until no more avocado oil can be extracted.
  • Store the avocado oil carefully in a small airtight jar.

Are there any other uses for avocado oil?

As well as using avocado oil for cooking and salad dressings, there are a number of other ways to use this beautiful oil:

  • Avocado oil, rubbed into your nail cuticles is a nourishing treatment.
  • Avocado oil is also nutritious oil for your skin
  • Rub avocado oil into your hair to make it shiny and manageable
  • Rub avocado oil into grained wood to enhance the graining and colour of your furniture.

The use of avocado oil for home cooking is a fairly recent trend and many medical trials have yet to be completed to discover all its health benefits. What has already been established is that avocado is a heart-friendly oil that is super rich in Vitamin E. Medical experts believe that avocado oil can help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels too.

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