Shea Tree - Butyrospermum parkii

Information about Butyrospermum parkii
Butyrospermum parkii, also known as shea tree, is a plant species native to Africa and commonly found in countries such as Mali, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Uganda. The plant belongs to the Sapotaceae family and can grow up to 15 meters tall.

The shea tree is known for its fruit, which contains a nut that is rich in fats and oils. These nuts are processed to produce shea butter, a popular ingredient in cosmetics, soaps, and moisturizers due to its moisturizing and healing properties. Shea butter is also used in the food industry as a substitute for cocoa butter.
In addition to its economic value, the shea tree also plays an important role in traditional medicine. Its leaves, bark, and roots are used to treat a variety of ailments, including diarrhea, dysentery, and malaria.

The shea tree is considered an important part of African culture and is often referred to as the "tree of life" due to its many uses. However, overharvesting and deforestation pose a threat to the survival of the shea tree and efforts are being made to promote sustainable harvesting practices and conservation of shea tree habitats.