Pequi oil

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Pequi oil is a seed oil, extracted from the seeds of the Caryocar brasiliense, which is native to Brazil. The pale yellow mesocarp oil is extracted and used directly as a cooking oil.[1] In Brazil, there are projects among indigenous people groups to develop pequi oil production as a means of economic development.[2]

Pequi oil contains 44.2% palmitic and 51.7% oleic acid, with linolenic and stearic acids in much smaller amounts.[3]


  1. B.L. Axtell from research by R.M. Fairman (1992). "Caryocar spp.". Minor oil crops. FAO. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  2. "Mel dos Índios do Xingu". Indigenous Park of the Xingu. Indigenous People in Brazil. Retrieved on 2006-11-10.
  3. Sérgio D Segall, William E Raslan, Délio S Artz, Vany P Ferraz & Jacqueline A Takahashi (February 2006). "Triacylglycerol analysis of pequi (Caryocar brasiliensis Camb.) oil by electrospray and tandem mass spectrometry". Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 86 (3): 445-452. 
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