THE POWER OF GHANAIAN WOMEN’S UNITY AND CULTURE
We will never forget the experiences that we get to witness with our very own eyes and ears. Each time we arrive, the locals host a ceremonious welcome and everyone gathers round to watch and greet us. There are wonderful and adorable children playing and running around, and the rest is always either dancing or singing. Goosebumps and even tears explode with every single visit!
HOW SHEA BUTTER IS MADE
1. The Shea Fruit Collection: The women assemble under a large tree, where they may work from early morning, until late afternoon, while being shielded from the harsh sunlight. The Shea fruits are harvested and peeled to bring out their hearts, the Shea nuts. Damaged nuts are removed.
2. Washing and Drying of Shea Nuts: After the women collect water from the borehole, they fill large tubs, which they afterwards carry on their heads. The Shea nuts are rinsed several times in order make sure that the dust and other impurities are taken off. Afterwards, they are laid out and spread on racks so they get dried naturally by the sun.
3. Crushing of Shea Nuts: The dried nuts are crushed into smaller pieces so they become easier to process and so the butter turns out finer and smoother too.
4. Roasting the Shea Nuts: The crushed nuts are thrown into huge metallic bowls that are put on large bowls and roasted with the campfire for a while. When a coffee-chocolate aroma is emitted, it means they are ready!
5. The Paste Formation: The nut pieces are grinded finely into a paste, which then is set aside for a whole day.
6. Water is gradually and repeatedly added to the paste, which the women then knead in a forward-leaning position up to the point it’s smoothened.
7. The paste is again heated over the fine until the fats rise to the top, and the paste settles in the bottom.
8. The fat is then collected from the top of the paste, to set aside to be solidified to the final product: Our authentic Shea Butter.