Happy Sunday #KingsandQueens
: Did you know that #Sheabutter
is derived from the sheanut tree, with the botanical name Butyrospermum parkii or Vitellaria paradoxa and is a common wild tree that grows extensively in the dry Savannah belt of West Africa, stretching from #Senegal
in the west to #Sudan
in the east. Apart from #Ghana
, the tree can be found in 18 other countries including #Benin #Chad #BurkinaFaso #Cameroon #CentralAfricanRepublic #Ethiopia #Guinea
D’Ivoire #Mali #Niger #Nigeria #Senegal #SierraLeone #Sudan #Togo #Uganda #Zaire
In Ghana, it grows extensively in the Guinea savannah but is less prolific in the Sudan Savannah.
The fruit consists of a green fleshy mesocarp, which is sweet when eaten and in very ripe fruits seems to melt on the tongue when the fruit is bitten.
The fruit is also used in make jam.
The flowers of the sheanut tree are consumed by some ethnic groups that make them into edible fritters. The nuts are cracked to remove the outer cover leaving the endocarp or kernel which is roasted and ground into a paste from which #sheabutter
is extracted. The nuts also serve as toys for children, who use them to play a game known as “maranda”, the common name given to the nuts in Ghana.
All parts of the sheanut tree are of immense value. In some communities, the leaves are used as medicine to treat stomachache in children. In Ghana a decoction of young leaves is used as a vapor bath for the treatment of headaches and also as an eye bath , because the leaves contain saponin, they lather in water and are suitable for washing.
The leaves of the sheanut tree are also believed to offer spiritual protection. Hence, in some African communities when a woman goes into labor, the branches may be hung in the doorway of her hut to protect the newborn baby from evil. Some communities also use its branches for covering the dead prior to their burial.
Traditional Northern Music #Asambo
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