Origins and Properties

The National Edible Oil Distributors’ Association

Peanut (Groundnut) Oil

Groundnuts (peanuts) for oil production are grown primarily in China, India, West and North Africa and the USA.  Because there are relatively limited supplies, and a constant high demand, Peanut Oil usually commands a considerable price premium over most other cooking or frying oils. Groundnuts contain 40-50% oil.

Groundnut oil has a moderate content of polyunsaturated fatty acids and has a good heat stability making it suitable for frying.  The oil has a characteristic nutty taste.

Common Uses:

  • Cooking 
  • Salad dressings
  • Margarine production
  • Frying