Demeter Sunflower Oil
· Virgin ·
This oil is made from sunflower seeds from the family business “GAEC les Trois Rivières”. Here, in the French region Centre-Val de Loire, the Barbot family works their farmland of some 300 ha. / 741 ac. according to the guidelines of biodynamic farming. The farm is Demeter-certified since 2010. This gentle and natural way of agriculture focuses especially on sustainable and preserving methods of farming, and thus produces a superior quality of sunflower seeds.
This oil is one of the first food products in Germany and France which has been rated with the Planet Score. For this eco-labelling, additional indicators are used alongside the life cycle assessment to better capture the environmental impact of food production. Read more about the Planet Score.
Recipe ideas and use of Demeter Sunflower Oil
Owing to its high proportions of vitamin E and essential linoleic acid, sunflower oil is the perfect everyday cuisine companion. It gives a mild, nutty aroma to salads, dressings, and steamed vegetables.
Also discover our Demeter Olive Oil and the Demeter Rapeseed Oil.
Product of organic farming
Average nutritional analysis for 100 ml
** % of daily reference intake (adults)
On average in 100 ml: polyunsaturated fatty acid (linoleic acid - Omega 6): 67 g / 2,3 oz
What does cold pressing mean?
"Cold pressing" assumes that no external heat is added. When we cold-press oils, the temperature is monitored and we ensure that no high temperatures are reached. We can therefore guarantee that the quality of the oil is not impaired.
Where does the vitamin E come from? Was it added to the oils artificially?
Vitamin E occurs naturally in cold-pressed cooking oils because the plants make this vitamin and, due to its chemical properties, it passes to the cooking oil during cold pressing. Incidentally, the following are especially high in vitamin E: natural Sunflower Oil, natural Safflower Oil and natural or roasted Almond Oil.
What does "virgin" mean in the context of oils?
A virgin oil is a cooking oil which is obtained exclusively using mechanical processes without preheating the raw materials. It is not subjected to chemical or thermal treatment or to any other refinement process and thus preserves its authentic, natural taste and the essential components of the raw material. This also makes it suitable for eating raw.
What conditions and standards are behind the organic seal on our oils?
An organic seal is a quality and test seal with which products from organic farming are marked. In 2010, a binding new organic seal was introduced throughout the EU, also known as the EU organic logo, which identifies food from organic farming (a star-shaped leaf on a green background).
This seal replaced the German state organic seal (green hexagon with "BIO" lettering), which had existed since 2001, with the same standards in terms of content. Due to the high degree of popularity of its predecessor, both seals are still often used today.
The use of this certification is strictly regulated by the publisher and is subject to ecological requirements. Compliance with the criteria by producers is ensured by a documentation obligation as well as regular sampling and examination of product samples. Compliance with the regulations is monitored in Europe by the responsible Eco-Control bodies.
Foods labelled with the organic seal must, among other things:
• Not be produced by or with/from genetically modified organisms
• Not to be produced with the use of synthetic pesticides
• Contain no more than 5% conventionally produced components (in exceptional cases, if ingredients are not available in ecological quality, in accordance with Annex VO)
• not contain sweeteners and stabilisers as well as synthetic colourants, preservatives and flavour enhancers
• not result from monotonous crop rotations (two-, three- and four-field farming)
• and much more: more information on the EU Organic Label
Can I use the oil even after the expiration date?
We can no longer guarantee the oil's perfect quality after its best before date.
In the interest of sustainability, however, we would like to point out the following: vegetable oils do not belong to the group of very sensitive foodstuffs and can usually still be consumed after the best-before date. This is especially true if the bottle is still sealed and it has been stored away from heat sources. Therefore, we recommend using your senses to test the oil before disposing of it. Oil that has been stored for too long can be easily recognized by smell and taste. If it tastes rancid or unusual (off), it should not be consumed.
How do I remove the labels from the jars and bottles?
Since we use oil-soluble glue for the labels, the best way to remove the label from the coconut jars is with oil. Simply coat the label with oil, let it absorb overnight and peel off easily in the morning. However, if the label is already off and only the glue is on it, this method doesn't work as well. In this context, we have been told of positive experiences with orange oil cleaner, such as from AlmaWin or Sodasan. Another option is a hair dryer - because heat also loosens the label well.
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What does Demeter certification on food mean?
Demeter e.V. is the oldest organic farming association in Germany. Demeter farmers have been cultivating their fields biodynamically since 1924. Because of its vibrant recycling economy, Demeter agriculture is considered the most sustainable form of land management and goes far beyond the requirements of the EU Eco-Regulation (excerpt from the Demeter website).
Essential extensions to the organic seal are:
• Conversion of the entire operation
• Use of biodynamic preparations from herbs, minerals and cow dung.
• Own varieties and breeding work in the field of cereals, vegetables and poultry. For cereals, only seed-solid varieties may be used, hybrid varieties are excluded. In general, no varieties from cell fusion technology may be used.
• Animal husbandry is mandatory for farms
• Annual EC organic inspection and control by the association itself
• and much more: further information on Demeter website