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Corn oil

Gramineae Zea mays L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The oil is obtained from the germ of the corn seed. In the preparation of certain corn products, as hominy, starch, glucose, the germ is separated from the rest of the seed mechanically. The germ contains near 50 percent of oil, which is separated with expellers or with solvents. About a half pound of oil is obtained from a bushel of corn. World production of corn oil, 1964-66, averaged 266,000 tons, nearly all in the U.S. Most of the oil is used as a salad or cooking oil or in the manufacture of lard substitutes. There is some use in industry.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch