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the world of oleoresins

The unforgotten natural components.


Nature has always provided us with an abundance of aromatic wonders, and among these treasures are oleoresins. Derived from various plants and trees, oleoresins are a potent amalgamation of essential oils and resinous compounds, each with its unique aroma, flavour, and therapeutic benefits. Throughout history, these natural extracts have played pivotal roles in culinary arts, and even industrial applications. We embark on a journey to explore the fascinating world of oleoresins, unveiling their diverse uses, extraction processes, and contribution to human civilization.

Understanding Oleoresins

Oleoresins are semi-solid substances that encompass both volatile oils and non-volatile resinous components.

They are found in plant tissues such as barks, roots, seeds, and gum exudates, contributing to the plant’s defence mechanism against predators and environmental stressors.

The blend of essential oils and resins makes oleoresins highly versatile, offering a wide array of aromatic and functional properties.

Extraction Methods

There are several methods to extract oleoresins from their natural sources. Steam distillation is one of the most common techniques used for obtaining essential oils. This process involves passing steam through the plant material, capturing the volatile oils in a condenser. Once the essential oils are separated, the remaining mixture of resin and essential oil is the oleoresin. Another popular method for obtaining oleoresins is solvent extraction. In this process, a solvent such as ethanol or hexane is used to dissolve the essential oils and resins from the plant material. After evaporation of the solvent, the oleoresin is obtained in its concentrated form.


Oleoresins have been an integral part of culinary practices for decades. Their rich flavour and aroma enhance the taste of numerous dishes, making them indispensable in the food industry.

Spices such as black pepper, paprika, and capsicum oleoresins are used to add depth and pungency to various cuisines.

The use of oleoresins allows for easy and consistent flavouring, ensuring that the end product retains its authentic taste.

Industrial and Commercial Applications

Beyond culinary, oleoresins find their way into various industrial applications. They are used as natural colourants, flavouring agents, and preservatives in the food and beverage industry.


Oleoresins are the aromatic marvels of the natural world, offering an array of flavours and aromas. Their ancient presence in human history, speaks volumes about their significance. Whether it’s adding flavour to a dish, or enriching the essence of a seasoning, oleoresins continue to play a vital role in our world. Embrace these botanical wonders and let their aromatic embrace enchant your senses.

Our offer at Cranbrook Flavours

At Cranbrook Flavours, we offer an enticing selection of spice boosters and oleoresins infused with authentic flavours and aromas. Our spice boosters are carefully crafted to intensify the taste of your favourite dishes, giving them a burst of rich and robust flavours.


Additionally, our collection of oleoresins on salt, elevates the simplest of meals, infusing them with a perfect balance of spices and natural goodness. With our high-quality oleoresins, we aim to bring the essence of nature’s bounty to your kitchen!

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