Meadow Foam Fast Facts
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Meadowfoam is an herbaceous annual plant that blooms in winter. It is named for its creamy colored blooms, which can look like sea foam in the wind. Since 1980, meadowfoam has been cultivated for its oil.
Meadowfoam can be found growing wild in Northern California, southern Oregon and Vancouver Island. Oregon's Willamette Valley has at least 5,000 acres of meadowfoam fields as of 2009.
In industrial applications, meadowfoam oil is in direct competition with rapeseed (canola) oil. Meadowfoam oil is prized in cosmetic products such as lotion and soap for its moisturizing properties. After the oil is expressed, the remaining meal can be used as cattle feed.
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