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See also: Shea
- A tree (Vitellaria paradoxa) indigenous to Africa, occurring in Mali, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Togo, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Burkina Faso and Uganda.
- 1799, Mungo Park, chapter XVI, in Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa, pages 202–203:
- The people were every where employed in collecting the fruit of the Shea trees, from which they prepare the vegetable butter mentioned in former parts of this work. […] They are not planted by the natives, but are found growing naturally in the woods; and, in clearing wood land for cultivation, every tree is cut down but the Shea.
- The fruit of this tree, having a thin, tart, nutritious pulp that surrounds a relatively large, oil-rich seed.
- Synonym: shea nut