The Shea tree grows wild on the savannah in several of the West African countries like Ghana, Nigeria and Mali.
The tree can grow to be 20-25 metres high and has deep roots (20 metres), enabling it to withstand long periods of drought.
The first fruits appear after 8-12 years and peak productivity is reached when the tree is about 40 years old although it can continue to bear fruit for up to 150 years.
Each tree produces approximately 50kg of fruit every year.
The shea tree’s fruit (and its stone, or nut) is an important raw material for West Africa and for hundreds of years the local people have used it for food, medicinal, decorative and cosmetic purposes and as a protection against the sun and bad weather.
Reducing the amount of stearic acid in the shea butter produces shea butter oil.
The shea butter cools down so they can remove the stearic acid.
The shea butter contains 5-10% phytosterols, which stimulate cell growth.Keeps for 2 years.