While coconut oil is a constant on shoppers’ lists, other high smoke point oils, and those with health benefits originating from nuts and seeds, are making headway. 


“Ghee is piquing interest because it is made from grass-fed cows and has health benefits similar to coconut oil. We get calls for nut oils all the time—walnut, hazelnut, and pistachio are big and used a lot for salad dressings.”—
—Evelyn Ignatow, Hyde Park Gourmet Food & Wine, Cincinnati, OH


Bethany Stephens, Rocket Market, Spokane, WA

  • Dr. Bronner’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  • La Tourangelle Delicate Avocado Oil 
  • Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Primal Kitchen California Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
  • Spectrum Refined Walnut Oil 

Evelyn Ignatow, Hyde Park Gourmet Food & Wine, Cincinnati, OH

  • Castillo de Canena Arbequino Smoked Olive Oil 
  • Galantino Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Basil
  • J. Leblanc Huile de Noisette (Pure Hazelnut Oil)
  • J. Leblanc Huile de Noix (Walnut Oil)
  • Sutter Buttes Blood Orange Olive Oil 

Debra McAdams, Withey’s Health Foods, Kalispell, MT

  • Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Spectrum Refined Safflower Oil 
  • Spectrum Refined Walnut Oil 

Stephanie Fritsch, Symons General Store, Petoskey, MI

  • Grand Traverse Culinary Oils Herbs De Provence Sunflower Oil
  • Grand Traverse Culinary Oils Lemon Pepper Dill Sunflower Oil
  • International Collection Toasted Sesame Oil
  • International Collection Virgin Macadamia Nut Oil

Hunter Fike, Di Bruno Bros., Philadelphia, PA

  • Le Moulin de Marie Grapeseed Oil
  • TerraMater Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
  • Yandilla Mustard Seed Oil 

Laura Heifetz, Greene Grape Provisions, Brooklyn, NY

  • Full Sun Brand Extra Virgin Canola Oil
  • La Tourangelle Expeller-Pressed Grapeseed Oil
  • La Tourangelle Toasted Sesame Oil
  • Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Stony Brook WholeHeartedFoods Finger Lakes Organic Sunflower Seed Oil 
  • Stony Brook WholeHeartedFoods Finger Lakes Roasted Pumpkin Seed Oil

Val Neff-Rasmussen, Zingerman’s Mail Order, and William Marshall, Zingerman’s Deli, Ann Arbor, MI 

  • Inglewood Farm Natural Virgin Pecan Oil 
  • Pödör Pine Nut Oil 
  • Stony Brook WholeheartedFoods Finger Lakes Butternut Squash Seed Oil
  • Yandilla Mustard Seed Oil 

 


“Mustard seed oil is appealing for its high smoke point and added benefit of being spicy. Shoppers often request healthier oils and those with higher smoke points.” 
—Hunter Fike, Di Bruno Bros., Philadelphia, PA


Ethan Lohse, World Foods, Portland, OR

  • Carrington Farms Coconut & Avocado Blend Cooking Oil
  • Dignity Coconuts Raw Virgin Coconut Oil 
  • La Tourangelle French Infused Garlic Oil 
  • La Tourangelle Roasted Walnut Oil

Nicole Potenza Denis is a contributing editor to Specialty Food Magazine.