Shea Nut Solvent Extraction Plant

The shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa, Gaertn.) grows in West Africa, and the nuts are harvested primarily for their fat content. It is native to Africa and grown abundantly in this region which usually contains about 40-42% oil content. This kind of oil is of special quality and being called shea butter.

Shea butter is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturizer which is edible and may be used in food preparation, or sometimes in the chocolate industry as a substitute for cocoa butter. Also in africa, it is used for medicinal benefits and dietary fat.

Apart from shea nut oil or shea butter, shea nut meal will also be produced during the extraction process. Shea nut meal is the residue that remains after fat extraction from the harvested nuts, and fat extraction from shea nuts.

Shea Nut Solvent Extraction Plant Process

  • Seed Cleaning
  • Cooking / Conditioning
  • Expelling
  • Solvent Extraction