SHEA is a tree, with scientific name Vitellaria Paradoxa, that is native to the wooded savannahs of Western Africa. In the languages native to this part of Africa, the word “SHEA” means “butter tree”.
The SHEA tree can live up to 300 years and begins to produce fruit after 15 years, although it does not reach full production until 25 years when it produces an average of 15 to 20 kilograms of fruits. The fruits have an oval shape, similar to avocado, with a dark green color and a medium size. Inside the fruit there is a “walnut” with a whitish almond with a high fat content which once transformed becomes the SHEA butter.
- Burkina Faso
- Ivory Coast