Palm kernel | Explained Briefly, Usage & Importance

Close up of fresh oil palm fruits with cooking oil, selective focus.


In this article below you will know more about palm kernel and its uses both locally and scientifically.

In Africa, palm kernel is the main source of production of palm oil and most of Africa depends on palm oil to cook their delicacy called soup most especially in Nigeria most soups made are from use palm oil. So the production of palm oil is very vital. the palm kernel Is the edible seed of the oil palm fruit. The fruit yield two distinct oils: palm kernel oil derived from the kernel.

The purpose of palm kernel is the pulp left after oil is rendered from the kernel is formed into palm kernel cake used either as high-protein feed for dairy cattle or burned in boilers to generate electricity for palm oil mills and surrounding villages.

Now the production of palm kernel oil is primarily composed of lactic fatty acid (48%) and myristic fatty acid (16%) and for the production of soaps, washing powders, and personal care products in the industry.

Knowing that palm kernel is used for the skin also palm kernel is a good emollient with a beneficial effect in moisturizing the skin and preventing transdermal heat and water loss.

In the villages where palm kernel can fund the crucial way of income for farmers’ wife’s in the village is the production of palm oil the leftover palm kernel can be eaten so most villagers eat that alongside cassava flakes (Garri).

Palm kernel has the common names palm kernel, oil palm kernel, and palm nut. Full-fat palm kernel, oil palm seed. The scientific name of the palm kernel is Elaeis guineensis var.

Palm kernels have a chemical formula of CH3(CH2)14COOH, and its C: D. (The total number of carbon atoms to the number of carbon-carbon double-bonds) is 16:0.

It is a major component of the oil from the fruit of oil palms(palm oil), making up 44% of total fats.

Palm kernel oil is a rich antioxidants agent that contains vitamin E. and we all know vitamin E, coupled with the antioxidant properties in it, it’s helps prevent the signs and symptoms of aging.

In Africa palm kernel shell Is used by palm oil mills as a relatively cheap source of biomass fuel because of their high energy content, while the ash reduced from its burning is recycled as fertilizer, and a factory floor cleaning agent.



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