shea nuts

Shea nuts are tree nuts used to produce shea nut butter, sometimes known as shea nut oil. Shea Nut is obtained from shea tree know scientifically as Vitellaria paradoxa for those found in West Africa and Vitellaria Nilotica for those in East African. Shea tree belongs to the family of Sapotaceae and is indigenous to Africa. There are no reports of any allergic reactions to Shea nut or Shea butter in spite of its common use. In West Africa the tree grow in countries including Ghana, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Mali, Niger, among others. In East African the tree can be found in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, Kenya, etc. Both trees produce slightly different shea butter in terms of consistency, texture and nutrient content. The shea butter form West Africa is denser, while the shea butter from East Africa is more liquid. The shea butter obtain from West Africa shea nut contains Higher concentration of vitamin A and has relatively higher melting point.