Salicornia oil

Salicornia oil

Salicornia oil is a pressed oil, derived from the seeds of the "Salicornia bigelovii", a halophyte (salt-loving plant) native to Mexico.

The use of salicornia as an oil crop has been championed by researcher Carl Hodges, and was the subject of a 1991 New York Times article. [cite news
publisher=New York Times
date=March 5, 1991
title=Salt-water crop
] More recently, Hodges and his team have continued their work in Mexico, irrigating fields with sea water in farms near the Sea of Cortez. [cite news
publisher=Los Angeles Times
date=July 10, 2008
title=The old man who farms with the sea
author=Marty Dickenson
] Salicornia seeds contain 30% oil by weight, compared to 17-20% for soybeans. The oil itself contains 72% linoleic acid, which is comparable to safflower oil. [cite web
publisher=Saudi Aramco World
title=Samphire: From sea to shining sea
date=November/December 1994


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