All About Shea

July 11, 2019

Shea trees are indigenous to Africa. It produces a fruit which resembles a green plum or avocado. In the fruit is a nut and in the nut is a kernel.

The shea nuts are boiled making the shell easier to break, and then dried in the sun. The shell is removed and used for fuel leaving the kernel which is crushed, roasted and ground into a paste.
The shea paste is then churned by hand for about two hours to extract the Shea oil which is skimmed off, washed and cooled into Shea butter which is sold in markets. Shea nuts and the Shea butter provides a very important income for the hard working African Women and their families.
Pictures courtesy of Surama King