What characterizes our shea butter? A brief introduction:
Our Shea Butter is a 100% natural product derived by squezing nuts from the Sheanut
tree, Vitellaria paradoxa, Nilotica Nilotica. The tree grows wild in Northern parts of
Uganda. Locals have used Shea for food and cosmetics for thousands of years and they
still apply their traditional methods to their production of this Shea Butter.
The area where the shea butter is produced is one of Uganda’s least developed and
poorest areas. Making shea butter is one of the few opportunities to make an income in
From natural to finished specialty processing into Shea Butter
“The Sustainable Bean” visited the group of women who is processing our Shea Butter,
and was shown the entire process of making shea butter from nut to butter.
Shea nuts are carefully collected when riped and have fallen from the huge wild trees.
These wildgrowing trees is from tradition own by the community and everybody has the
right to collect Shea nuts. Nuts are collected and delivered to the Shea processing plant.
The plant is an open space between two huses where a taupolin is spread out on the
ground and a simple handoperated oil mill is locted on the ground next to the taupolin.
Small sacks made from cotton is filling the space on the taupolin. The sacks are filled with
whole Shea nuts which are being crushed by slamming a hammer onto the sacks.
The crushed nuts are then milled by squezing the entire sack and collect the shell free oil.
At last the oil is mixed with water and heated as to remove impurities remaining from the
To much amusement to the processing staff Trine from “The Sustainable Bean” helped
milling the oil from the shea nuts.