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Move Over Coconut, There’s a New Seed in Town

Move Over Coconut, There’s a New Seed in Town

Science is bringing new oils to consumers that offer more features than ever before. Science is also taking a look at other derivatives of oil that was not thought of before.

Olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, canola oil, walnut oil, hempseed oil, cottonseed oil. Wait, back up. Cottonseed oil?

Cottonseed oil is one that most people don’t think about too often, but it’s showing up more and more. Most oils, contrary to old opinions, are actually good for you, and cottonseed oil is no exception. In fact, several studies have found that the oil can actually lower both total and LDL cholesterol, meaning that there may be serious health benefits to be found from eating cottonseed oil. But what can you do with this oil you may not have heard much about?

Cooking and Frying

Cooking With Oil

Cooking With Oil


Cottonseed oil is very pale and appears clear to light gold in color. It is also a mild oil with a neutral taste. It takes well to other flavors, so that makes it an excellent oil for cooking. Stir fry, fried foods and seafood all do well in cottonseed oil. Heavier oils, such as peanut oil, tend to overpower and take over the flavor profile. This is not the case with cottonseed. The oil does not tend to stick heavily to foods, so food fried in cottonseed oil does not have the same greasy ‘mouth feel’ as foods can when cooked in other oils.

Making Mayonnaise

Making Mayo

Making Mayo


While olive oil is a common ingredient in mayonnaise, cottonseed oil is a lighter alternative. The neutral taste means that the mayonnaise turns out a little milder in flavor than even those made with extra virgin olive oil. The cottonseed oil helps to keep the mayonnaise from feeling greasier than it is, and the lighter color means that the finished mayo is paler than those made with darker oils as well. Most people cannot tell that a homemade mayonnaise recipe was made with cottonseed oil rather than another type of oil because the oil itself is so forgiving.

Baking Tasty Treats

Best Tasting Desserts

Best Tasting Desserts


Cottonseed oil is easy to emulsify, which is part of what makes it such a great oil for use in mayonnaise and other spreads and dressings. The same characteristic allows the oil to work well in baked goods, such as muffins or bread. The oil’s neutrality allows other ingredients to shine through in the finished flavor, making it a terrific choice for more flavorful recipes. Lighter in calories than butter and other heavier oils, cottonseed oil adds moisture to baked goods and helps to keep the batter well mixed before the actual baking.

Cottonseed oil is slowly becoming easier than ever for consumers to find, and with even more news coming out about its health benefits, this is definitely an oil to watch. Some old family recipes could be easily converted to use cottonseed oil or you may want to incorporate it into your fried menus. Either way, experimenting a little with cottonseed oil may just open up new flavor avenues for you and those in your family.


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