In the midst of researching phytosterol contents of various oils and nuts I came across this article:
"The isotopic values for these oils, with one exception, formed a tight cluster between ruminant and non-ruminant animal fats".
Anyone else have any information about how recently humans began using vegetable oils?
asked byTheOriginalKaz (800)
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on November 28, 2010
at 01:57 AM
Olive oil is probably one of the oldest vegetable oils. According to wikipedia:
. The earliest surviving olive oil amphorae date to 3500 BC (Early Minoan times), though the production of olive is assumed to have started before 4000 BC. An alternative view retains that olives were turned into oil by 4500 BC by Canaanites in present-day Israel.
But lamb and goat fat were also important. You don't get as much fat as you do from a pig, but it was considered very valuable. Where the real goodness comes in is when you mix good tallow with good olive oil. Mmmm....