Shea tree / Butyrospermum Parkii

Other names:
Vitellaria paradoxa, B. paradoxa, shi tree, vitellaria, karité
The Shea tree is a traditional African food plant. It has been claimed to have potential to improve nutrition, boost food supply in the "annual hungry season", foster rural development and support sustainable landcare.

Shea nut "butter" has many uses and may or may not be refined. In the West, shea butter is mostly used for cosmetics. Throughout Africa it is used extensively for food and medicinal purposes, and is a major source of dietary fat.

Shea butter is composed of five principal fatty acids: palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, and arachidic.

Added by wikiherbia on Sun 26 Aug 2012 on 5:29 pm GMT

Updated by wikiherbia on Sun 26 Aug 2012 at 5:29 pm GMT