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 Shea_Nuts Butter

  •  Vernacular/common names: shea-butter tree (Eng.), karité (Fr.) Two subspecies are recognised,
    paradoxa and nilotica.
  • Botanical name :Vitellaria paradoxa (Gaertner.f.,) Hepper, (syn. Butyrospermum paradoxum, ssp. parkii)
  • Commercial name : Shea butter, Karite Vernacular names Nkuto, Karite, Burraa Vitellara paradoxa,
  • The Shea butter tree, grows throughout Sahelian Africa, from Senegal to Ethiopia.
  • Shea butter is the fat extracted from the kernels of Vitellaria paradoxa Gaertner (Sapotaceae), which is also known as Butyrospermum parkii.
  • Shea butter is composed of five principal fatty acids: palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, and arachidic.
  • The fatty acid composition is dominated by stearic and oleic acids, which together account for 85-90%
  • Phenolic compounds are known to have antioxidant properties.
  • A recent study characterized and quantified the most important phenolic compounds in shea butter
  • Shea is a low cost substitute product sold mainly into the cocoa butter
    equivalent markets
  • Although Shea butter offers certain useful technical characteristics to the chocolate maker, its use in the chocolate industry depends on its price in relation to that of cocoa butter.
  • On the international market, the main cosmetics buyers of Shea butter/oil are located in Europe and the U.S.A
  • Shea butter is used as a fattening agent in cosmetic products, as well as topical ointments, creams
    and lotions. Because of its high content of unsaponifiables, it is mostly appreciated for facial, hand and body care products, giving a very pleasant smooth feeling to the skin.
About  the Product Shea Nuts
  • Vitellaria paradoxa Gaertn. f.
  • Shea Butter Fatty Acid Profile
  • Shea Butter profile
  • Predicting Fruit Production - Use of Indigenous Knowledge in Predicting Fruit Production of Shea Butter Tree in Agroforestry Parklands of Uganda. Spacing on farms, Size, Growth Habits.
  • Oil Seeds - Product Profile : Shea Nut Yields a Lauric Oil used by Industrial Manufactures of Cosmetics and Personal Care Products and with Potential Applications as Cocoa Substitute.
Projects, Processing & Technology
  • Shea Butter Project Evaluation and Comparison of Feasibility.
  • Project Concept
  • Oil Extraction - Principles, Raw Material Preparation, Methods of Extraction, Equipment Suppliers and Contact Informations
  • Vitalleria Production and Collection
  • Shea Oil - Ultra Refined Shea Oil by Cold Pressing.
  • Production-to-Consumption
  • Shea ButterExport Guide
  • Shea Nut Market and Technical Survey, Import and Export, Prices and Quality Standards, List of Importers and References
  • Feasibility Study & Market Potential of Shea Nut in Uganda
  • Product Profile Shea Butter - Market Requirements
  • EU Imports of Shea Nuts.
  • French Imports of Shea Nuts.
  • US Imports of Shea Nuts.
  • Marketing Manual - End Users : Chocolate, Cosmetics & Natural Product Industries, Shea Nut Grinding and Pressing Procedure, Clinical Properties of Shea Butter, Organizational Contact list, Buyers Contact List.

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 Regulatory Issues
  • Consumption of Shea Nut - Standards for Chocolate Products.
  • Quality of Shea Butter - Reinforcing Production and processing for the Market - Raising the Quality and Reducing the Shea Odor
Products & Company Profiles
  • Shea Butter is a remarkable, all-purpose, moisturizer and skin protector.
  • Black Herbals
  • Sun Feather-Natural Soap
  • Wonderful Oils
  • Women's Gold
  • Spring/Summer 2005 Catalogue
  • Shea Butter Shampoo
  • Solar Cooker - Shea Butter Production by Solar Energy, Solar Cookers & Solar dryers.
Articles of  Interest
  • Shea Nut Production and Collection in Agroforestry Parklands, Yield Determinants, Research Needs for the improvement of Shea Nut production, Land and Tree Tenure, Butter Composition and Quality
  • Picking Shea Nuts
  • Geographical Distribution
  • Dry Land Products
  • Processing - Shea butter
  • Globalization & Shea Butter
  • Results and Impacts - Time saved in shea Nuts Crushing Process
  • Shea Nut Beans
  • Africans Natural Products - Potential for growth of Natural Products, Challenges facing NP Producers, Natural Components of Cosmetics and Personal Care Products.
  • LuLu Livelihood Programme
  • Cultivation - Gender Relations, Commercial Horticulture and Threats to Local Plant Diversity in Rural Mali.
  • Bio Energy News - Biomass Fuels burnt to date which include Shea Nut Meal and Palm, Shea Nut - Renewable Fuel.

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