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Avocado oil

Lauraceae Persea americana Mill.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The edible pulp of the avocado, which surrounds the seed, contains from 8 to 30% of a non-drying oil. Oil is separated by dehydrating the pulp, then pressing or extracting with solvents. The oil is used in cosmetics, and to some extent in salad dressings.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch