Vitellaria paradoxa (formerly Butyrospermum parkii), commonly known as shea tree, shi tree, or vitellaria, is a tree of the Sapotaceae family. It is the only species in genus Vitellaria, and is indigenous to Africa. The shea fruit consists of a thin, tart, nutritious pulp that surrounds a relatively large, oil-rich seed from which shea butter is extracted.
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.
SPECIFICATION FOR SHEA NUT
Free Fatty Acid (FFA)=Less Than or Equal to 6%
Moisture Content=Less than or Equal to 10%
Oil Content= Greater Than or Equal to 45%
Latex = 4 – 10%
impurity = 0 – 2