Nobles County has high hopes for soybean oil

In 2017, Plenish high oleic soybeans will be grown in southern Minnesota for the first time. 

However, the members of the Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers Association have already begun spreading the word about the health and cooking benefits.

“We want to get this out to the masses and get ahead of the game by showing this is a healthy cooking oil,” says Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers Association President Matt Widboom. “We learned from our first time doing this that restaurants were hugely impressed with the high oleic oil.” 

This week, fourteen restaurants in Nobles County are sampling Plenish high oleic soybean oil, which contains zero grams of trans fat, for use in their kitchens. When the Nobles County board held their first high oleic event in 2014 with funding from the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Widboom says the oil was met with universal praise from local restaurants.

“They told us the way the oil prepared the food was better than their commercial grade oil,” Widboom says. “The life of the oil in their fryers was the biggest positive compliment.” 

This year the board is providing 35-gallon jugs of the high oleic oil to more restaurants, including popular Mexican restaurants in Nobles County. 

“We thought it was really important to reach out to the Hispanic restaurants in Nobles County and we’ve already gotten some really good feedback from those establishments,” says Dusty Neugebauer, the board’s treasurer. “The more people we can show the benefits of high oleic oil, the better.” 

Food distributors who work with Dot Foods, the nation’s largest food distributors, can access Frymax Soy Supreme (100% Plenish high oleic soy oil) at: