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Getting from tree to shelf
“The King of the African Trees” is the affectionate name used for this remarkable tree; and called so due to its many magical properties. When the fruit falls from the tree each year, around February, rural Swazi women, members of Swazi Secrets, collect it and leave the nuts to dry in the sun.
Once the nuts have dried they are cracked with clean stones, in the traditional way. This exposes the kernels within, which are prised out by needles, stored and ready to be sold.
Members take their haul to the Community buying points in the various areas to be sold. The staff and suppliers weigh and grade the kernels themselves, like they were trained. They receive their money directly.
The kernels are taken to the factory where they are cold-pressed, adding and removing nothing, to ensure the customer receives a natural and pure product.