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Available in 8 and 16oz tubs! 100% Pure African Shea Butter comes from the Shea nut tree more commonly known as the Karite tree. The name varies depending upon the country (it can be found in 19 African countries), so it is also called nku, bambuk butter tree and galam butter tree. Shea Butter is grown in Sub-Saharan Africa, below the Equator. A Karite tree can take from 18-25 years to produce the nuts from which Shea Butter is made. It is called the “tree of life” because it provides a life support system for African people in several ways. Different parts of the tree (nuts, roots and bark) are used for food, medicine, soap and other purposes, as well as for commerce. The Karite Shea tree was (and still is) an important and revered tree and was often used in religious ceremonies. While other trees could be cut down for clearing, it was forbidden to cut or damage the Karite Shea tree.