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Kapok Seed oil

Kapok Seed oil

Kapok with its scientific name as Ceiba pentandra belongs to the family Malvaceae and order Malvales. It is inherent to Central America, Northern South America and Caribbean as well as Tropical West Africa. The common names for Kapok are Java kapok, Java cotton, Ceiba, Samauma and Silk cotton. Kapok seed oil is a vegetable oil that is extracted from kapok seeds by pressing. The seeds are black having the shape of capsule. The color of the oil is yellow and has mild as well as pleasant taste as well as odor. When exposed to air, it becomes rancid quickly. This oil is produced in Malaysia, Indonesia and India. The iodine value in Kapok oil is from 85-100. It is nondrying oil that does not dry considerably when exposed to air. It is also used in preparing pains or as a biofuel.

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