Palm oil is extracted from the fruit of the oil palm.
Although it is commonly referred to as an oil, it is usually solid at room temperature, more like a butter.
It is a white to off white colour and has a melting point of 36°C - 38°C.
In the past, palm plantations have stripped ancient forests and severely damaged the local area and it wildlife.
In 2004, the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed to better manage palm supplies.