Crambe oil

Crambe oil

Crambe oil is an inedible seed oil, extracted from the seeds of the Crambe abyssinica, a multibranched annual plant that is native to the Mediterranean. The oil has been shown to consist of 55-60% erucic acid. The Australian Farm Diversification Information Service writes:

Intermediate product derived form high erucic acid oil include: triglycerides; erucamides; amines, behenic acid; erucyl alcohol; behenyl alcohol; wax esters; fatty acids; brassylic acid and pelargonic acid. These products are used to manufacture a multitude of industrial consumer items such as lubricants; heat transfer fluids; surfactants and coatings; cosmetics; polyesters; plastics and nylons.[1]

Erucic acid is traditionally derived from older varieties of rapeseed. Crambe oil is considered to be a possible replacement for rapeseed oil in this capacity. The market for crambe oil is particularly developed in the USA.[2]


  1. ^ "Crambe". Australian Farm Diversification Information Service. September, 2002. Archived from the original on 2006-09-06. Retrieved 2006-10-21. 
  2. ^ Economic Research Service (September, 1996). "Crambe, Industrial Rapeseed, and Tung Provide Valuable Oils". Industrial Uses. United States Department of Agriculture. pp. 17–23. Retrieved 2006-10-21. 

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