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Marula seed

Plum sized fruit with translucent white pulp and yellow skin. Pulp is sweet-sour in flavor and highly esteemed in some parts of Africa.

Seed Availability

Seeds are now available at our seed store.

Description

Large or medium sized tree. Trees are dioecious and male and female trees are required for fruit-set. Tree is fairly adaptable, growing in a variety of woodland and scrubland biomes in its native range.

Hardiness

It is mildly hardy, surviving brief frosts.

Growing Environment

Propagation

Fruits are commonly eaten fresh or used to prepare juices and alcoholic drinks. The seed is also eaten as a nut. The fruits are also very popular with elephants, who can become inebriated after excessive consumption of them.

Native Range

Native to much of the African continent.

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Marula seed Plum sized fruit with translucent white pulp and yellow skin. Pulp is sweet-sour in flavor and highly esteemed in some parts of Africa. Seed Availability Seeds are now available

Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil

Details

If you have an interest in elephants and Africa, you have probably heard of elephants getting drunk from the fruit of the Marula tree. Though this seems to be only a legend, what is true is that the Marula fruit is really nice (and elephants do love to eat it) and there is a stone in it with several oil-rich kernels inside.

So the Marula oil – similar to many other plant oils – is a really nice nourishing and moisturizing oil that can improve skin hydration and smoothness and it can even reduce skin redness. It’s traditionally used in South Africa to massage babies with and as a body lotion for face, feet, and hands.

As for its composition, it’s loaded with skin goodies: it’s very rich in fatty acids, including oleic (73%), palmitic (15%), and linoleic (9%) acids. It also contains some natural antioxidants, including Vitamin E and the oil shows an outstanding oxidative stability.

If you have dry skin that needs some pampering, Marula oil is a good choice.

If you have an interest in elephants and Africa, you have probably heard of elephants getting drunk from the fruit of the Marula tree. Though…