IDEAL FOR EVERYDAY FRYING, ROASTING AND BAKING

Developed with the CSIRO using Australian Safflower

The Plant

Safflower has been cultivated by humans since the very beginning of agriculture and is highly valued for nutritional reasons. The meal, or cake residue after oil is extracted has been used as a protein supplement for livestock.

CSIRO first became interested in this plant because of its potential to replace fossil fuels, and developed the oil using gene silencing technology to contain an incredible 92% oleic acid! This meant it could be burned as a fuel with minimal degradation or oxidisation. That attribute also qualified it as a healthy food with a high smoke point for cooking.

How CSIRO engineered “the good oil”

CSIRO’s Super High Oleic (SHO) safflower oil (developed in conjunction with GRDC – Grains Research and Development Corporation) has significantly higher stability than conventional oils. During years of careful research in the laboratory, several difficulties were overcome in modifying safflower to produce an oil which is much richer in oleic acid. CSIRO’s gene silencing technology was used to switch off genes that control processes within the safflower seed that limit the level of oleic acid, thereby causing a build-up of the highly-desirable oil. Conventional breeding would switch these genes off throughout the whole plant and therefore have undesirable side effects on plant growth and overall survival.

By using CSIRO’s gene silencing approach to precisely target the specific genes within the developing seeds, the rest of the plant performs as it normally would, enabling a build-up of very high oleic acid content without compromising plant performance.

You can find Plenty Heart Smart Safflower cooking oil at Woolworths.

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Super High Oleic Safflower Cooking Oil – Benefits

Health

Rich in monounsaturated fat – the “Healthy fat” according to the Australian Heart Foundation – and low in saturated fats, oils such as Plenty Safflower Oil have been proven to help lower cholesterol and improve heart health. It also may help improve blood sugar and reduce inflammation.

Cooking

Unlike other oils, Plenty Safflower Oil can be used successfully in both high temperature cooking as well as low heat cooking, or even raw preparation. With an exceedingly high smoke point of 266oC, Heart Smart Safflower is one of the best oils for both frying and baking, vastly reducing the release of free radicals.

While other oils such as olive oil also contain healthy unsaturated fats our oil has virtually no flavour, making it the perfect choice when you need the flavour of your food to stand out, such as with deep frying or roasting. It can also be stored in the fridge as it will remain a liquid unlike other oils which will often go cloudy or solidify.

Local Effect

Plenty Safflower Oil is 100% Aussie made and grown. With the introduction of safflower oil to the market many rural Australian farmers will be entrusted to grow the safflower plants. This will provide a reliable income for many local farmers across Australia.

Environmental Impact

Our production process is carbon-neutral, making it a good choice moving forward in lowering our environmental footprint. The tap root of this hardy plant penetrates even compacted, dry soil, making it ideal for any climate and it helps to break down these compacted soils, conditioning the land for other crops as well.

Sustainable supply

Due to the safflower plants’ hardiness, it is relatively easy to grow in any type of climate Australia has to offer, from harsh to temperate. This allows for continuous supply of oil year-round, potentially avoiding growing problems and shortages found with some other plants and avoiding the need to resort to overseas imports.

Just look how Plenty Heart Smart Safflower Cooking Oil compares to other healthy oils:

10 ml serving comparison

A common “extra virgin” Olive Oil

Rice Bran Oil

Plenty Heart Smart Safflower

kJ/Calories

338/81

340/81.3

340/81.3

Protein

0g

0g

0g

Carbohydrate

0g

0g

0g

Fat, total

9.1g

9.2g

9.2g

Saturated fats

1.7g

2.1g

0.5g

Polyunsaturated fats

1.4g

3.2g

0.193g

Monounsaturated (“good”) fats

6.1g

3.9g

8.5

Sugars

0g

0g

0g

Sodium

1mg

0g

0g

Australian grown

No

No

Yes

Australian made

No

No

Yes

Australian owned

No

No

Yes

Easily recyclable

Yes

Yes

Yes

Price per 500ml (at Apr 2022)

$5.00

$4.25

$5.33

Bottle size

500ml

500ml

750ml