Origins and Properties

The National Edible Oil Distributors’ Association

Corn or Maize Oil

A liquid oil extracted from the germ (seed) of maize. The most important cultivation regions are the USA, China, South America, Eastern and Southern Europe including the UK.  North America produces about half the total world harvest. 

The seed contains 30-40% oil which is obtained by pressing and extraction.  Other important products from Maize include starch and starch derivatives, meal and protein.  Most of these are used in food ingredients and additives.

Common Uses:

  • Frying
  • Baking
  • Salad dressing
  • Margarine and shortening production
  • Pharmaceutical industry and industrial applications