Vegetable oil is a type of cooking oil that is derived from various plant sources. It is a versatile and commonly used oil in cooking and baking due to its neutral flavor and high smoke point. Vegetable oils can be made from a variety of plants such as soybeans, canola, corn, sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, and palm fruit. The oil is extracted from these plants through processes like pressing or refining. Vegetable oil is known for its mild flavor, light texture, and ability to withstand high heat without breaking down or smoking. It is often used for frying, sautéing, baking, and salad dressings.