Grape seed oil is cold-pressed from the various types of Vitis vinifera grapes, which are native to the Mediterranean. They can also be found throughout Europe and Asia.
This oil is commonly referred to as a vegetable oil, but it’s actually a fruit oil. Grape seed oil has a high smoke index, which means it is best for high-heat cooking, such as roasting, stir-frying, sautéing, deep frying, and similar heat applications.
One of my favorite uses of grape seed oil is to roast different vegetables with it, instead of light extra virgin olive oil. Unlike olive oil, grape seed oil is lighter in texture and in flavor. It does a good job enhancing the natural flavor of the vegetables.
In future posts, I will share my cauliflower recipes with you, which include roasting with grape seed oil. Oh, how tasty that side dish is!