What Is Shea?

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About Ghana

Language: Official – English


Local languages include: Akan, Ewe, Ga, Dagbani, Nzema and Hausa

Capital City: Accra

Independence: 
6th of March 1957 from British Administration. The country, formerly known as the Gold Coast, was the first independent Sub-Saharan country.

Local Time: 
Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

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Our Premium-Quality Nuts are produced from wild Ghanaian Shea trees

Some key information about Shea Trees:
• The shea fruit resembles a plum in size and texture.
• Trees begin yielding fruit after 15 – 20 years of growth.
• Yielding lasts up to 200 years after reaching maturity.
• Average yield is 15 – 20 kilograms of fresh fruit per tree.
• Each kilogram of fruit gives approximately 400 grams of dry seeds.

Processing Information
Shea nuts are collected by the women of the StarShea Network who have been trained in separating and processing premium quality kernels. They pick the nuts from the bush or from family farmlands or protected forests and hand-process them at the village level.
The groups are located in high-density Shea areas in the north of Ghana. These areas include Gushegu, Savelugu, Karaga, Nanumba North, West Mamprusi, Bole, Sawla South and North, Tuna east and West, and Bolgatanga.
Through training, the women have been taught how to improve traditional techniques, from improved collection and handling of the nuts to the effective stocking of the kernels. This ensures that the kernels retain all of their beneficial qualities. The women have been trained in all processing stages to ensure the quality of the kernel is preserved at every critical step of production:

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