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Record number 429763
Title Indigenous Knowledge of Shea Processing and Quality Perception of Shea Products in Benin
Author(s) Honfo, G.F.; Linnemann, A.R.; Akissoe, N.H.; Soumanou, M.M.; Boekel, M.A.J.S. van
Source Ecology of Food and Nutrition 51 (2012)6. - ISSN 0367-0244 - p. 505 - 525.
Department(s) Product Design and Quality Management Group
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) karite vitellaria-paradoxa - butter - extraction - cameroon - mali
Abstract A survey among 246 people belonging to 14 ethnic groups and living in 5 different parklands in Benin revealed different practices to process shea kernels (namely boiling followed sun drying and smoking) and extract shea butter. A relation between parklands, gathering period, and sun-drying conditions was established. Moisture content and appearance of kernels were the selection criteria for users of shea kernels; color was the main characteristic to buy butter. Constraints to be solved are long processing times, lack of milling equipment and high water requirements. Best practices for smoking, sun drying, and roasting operations need to be established for further improvement.
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