• Shea •

(ICON) Grows in: Dry Savannah belt of West and South
(ICON) Source from and processed: Ghana
(ICON) Packaged and Labelled in: Norway and Sweden
Shea tree or vitellaria, is a tree of the family Sapotaceae. The shea tree is a traditional African food plant that naturally grows in the dry Savanna of West and South. It has two subspecies: Vitellaria Nilotica found mainly in East Africa and Butyrospermum Parkii, which is found only in West Africa. It grows across the African continent in countries such as Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, and Chad, to mention a few.
The Shea tree is a deciduous small to medium-sized tree that reproduces naturally (by seed) and averages a height of up to 15-25 m. A shea nut tree will start to bear fruit once it clocks 15 to 20 years, reaches the peak of production at 25 years, and can live as long as 200 years. The leaves are tough and clustered at the ends of branches. The bark is dark, thick, and deeply cracked into squares.