OILS AND FATS – EVALUATING FATS AND OILS TODAY (GENERAL INFORMATION)

When an Arab friend and I walked through the olive groves in Upper Galilee, taking pictures of gnarled trees that might have been several hundred years old, I began to realise why olive oil was considered so important even as long ago as in biblical times. The South Sea islander looks at his coconut palms with the same reverence, seeing that they provide him with clothing and food. To the Russian peasant in the Caucasus his sunflowers are equally valuable, providing him with necessary oil. When he eats the seeds, spitting out the husks, he knows that this food will give him strength and tenacity. The Egyptian peasant feels the same way when he harvests sesame in fields irrigated by water from the Nile.

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