Arachis oil, also known as peanut oil or groundnut oil, is a popular vegetable oil derived from the seeds of the Arachis hypogaea plant, which is a species of legume. It is widely used for culinary and industrial purposes due to its mild flavor, high smoking point, and various health benefits.
The oil is extracted from peanuts through a process that involves crushing the seeds and then pressing them to release the oil. It is commonly used in cooking, frying, and as a salad dressing because of its light, nutty taste. Peanut oil is often preferred for deep-frying due to its high smoke point, which means it can withstand high temperatures without breaking down and producing smoke.