Our Products

(A) SHEA BUTTER (KARITE BUTTER)

(B) TRADITIONAL BLACK (HERBAL) SOAP

(C) WEST AFRICAN LOCUST BEAN

(D) ETHOPIAN PEPPER (XYLOPIA AETHOPICA)

(E) GRAINS OF PARADISE, GUINEA GRAINS,
MELEGUETA (AFRAMOMUM MELEGUETA)

(F) WEST AFRICAN BLACK PEPPER / GUINEA
PEPPER (PIPER GUINEESE) ASHANTI PEPPER.

(G) BOLGA BASKETS

  (A) SHEA BUTTER (KARITE BUTTER)

Shea Butter belongs to the family sapotaceae.
Shea Butter is a substance that is drawn from a nut that comes from the shea tree. When the fruits are ripe they fall off the trees and are handpicked. The fruits are green – yellow in colour, oval in shape.
The fruits are then depulped, boiled and sun dried, decorticated to kernel, sun dried again, crushed, roasted before grinding into paste.
The paste is then kneaded into cream and finally the cream is boiled and the fat separated from the residue.
It contains high levels of unsaponifiables (7 – 12%) and vitamin A & E making it the best single oil for anti-aging, creams, UV sun protection, hair creams, swelling and arthritis, cell regeneration and circulation which favours the healing processes of damage skin. Ect.. It also contains other elements like free fatty Acid, peroxide betasitosterols and cinnamic Acid.

MAIN U S E S

Shea Butter has many uses. It is used for cooking/frying body and hair moisturisers and other cosmetic products creams, soaps, candles, illuminant, as a cocoa butter equivalent for making chocolate, (Cocoa Butter Equivalents-CBEs)
Other manufacturing uses are in the Bakery where it is processed into baking fat or incorporated into margarine formulations and the pharmaceutical industry where it is used in suppositories and dermatological creams.

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  (B) TRADITIONAL BLACK (HERBAL) SOAP

The traditional Black soap is a tropical and traditional herbal soap made from cocoa shells and plantain skin with either palm oil, coconut oil or shea butter and purified water. it is the best antiseptic and medicated soap with 100% natural ingredients.
It has been used for countless ages in various spiritual purification ceremonies throughout Africa. It is good for treating dry skin, rashes, ring worm acne and body odor.It is also an excellent natural hair shampoo.

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  (C) BAOBAB (Adansoonia Digitata)

The Baobab belongs to the family Bombacaceae. It grows wild in dry savanna of West Africa. The tree is an economic tree as all the parts very useful.
The leaves are palmate, dark green and glossy. The fruits are oblong shaped with white grey fruits that taste sweet / sour with several seeds.


U S E S

The baobabs have many uses both as food and native medicine. The active principle is Adansonin and its nature is alkaloid.

LEAVES:
1. Dried leaf powder is used as a preventive for bladder and kidney trouble.
2. as a wild vegetable for soup.
3. The leaves yield Tannin
4. The leaves decoction is used to treat earache including Otitis (Inflammation)
5. Leaf or bark infusion is also used for treating fever.
6. Powdered / Pounded or mashed leafs is used for treating sores and swelling from Guinea worm.
7. Coagulants help to change the fluid robber to a more or less solid state.
8. Concoctions from the leafs, bark, roots and fruits is used for treating colic, ashma, and intestinal infections.

 

F R U I T S
The fruits white / pink powder or pulp contains high volume of vitamin C and Tartaric Acid; it is used for the following:
1. As a sweet beverage
2. For food seasoning
3. A decoction of fruit fibre is used for treating menstrual troubles.

 

S E E D
1. Oil from the seed is very rich in protein and is used as food and for the production of various natural cosmetic products (body cream, hair lotions, moisturizers etc.)
2. Decoction of roasted seed is used for treating diarrhoea / dysentery.

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  (D) WEST AFRICAN LOCUST BEAN (PARKIA CLAPERTONIANA)

The West African Locust Bean (Dawadawa) belongs to the leguminosae.
The fruits are long narrow pods and flattered, brown or black when dry. The
seeds are flat.


U S E S
It is used for food and native medicine.


L E A V E S
1. The young leaves mixed with cereal flour is used as spinach.
2. The young flower bud is used as preventive medicine for leprosy.


F R U I T S
1. The yellow pulp or flour of the fruits is sweet and rich in carbohydrates. It is used in stews or made pulp macerated in water and taken as drink.
2. The bark and the fruits with or without seed is used to prepare dyes, tannic etc.


S E E D
The major use of the seed is for Dawadawa- fermented seeds used to prepare condiment very rich in protein. It is used as a natural sauce for preparing stews, soups, barbecue etc. the roasted seed is used for treating B. P.

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  ETHOPIAN PEPPER (XYLOPIA AETHOPICA)

Ethiopian pepper belongs to the family of Annonaceae. The active principle is Avoceine. The fruits are brownish black, shaped like small pods.

U S E S
Ground fruit / seed (Dried) is used for cooking and seasoning food, barbecue etc. It has a very pleasant scent. The fruits and seed is good for treating rheumatism, menstrual troubles, bladder / kidney disease, stomach disorders and indigestion.

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GRAINS OF PARADISE, GUINEA GRAINS, MELEGUETA (AFRAMOMUM MELEGUETA)

Grains of paradise, belongs to the family zingiberaceae. They grow wild in forest regions of West Africa, but are now cultivated.
The flowers and fruits are borne on the base of the plant. The fleshy fruits are red- orange when matured.

The seed are very pungent, roughly pyramidal but flattened. It has a very strong pleasant smell. It was first described from the Western side of the Atlantic, South American between1865 and 1920.It was exported to U. K. and Europe mainly as a spice and flavouring. The earliest record of melegueta was at a festival held at Treviso in 1214.

Physicians as far apart as Nicosia, Rome, Lyon and Wales included it in their prescriptions.
The spice was then carried by Mandingo traders from West Africa across the Sahara to the port of Mundibarca on the coast of Tripoli, but later brought by the Portuguese to the Guinea coast, which was also known as the Grain Coast.
It was one of the first export crops from Ghana with 86,719 kilos in 1871, 281,567kgs in 1872 and 68, 709kgs in1875.

U S E S
There are several uses especially for the seed, but locally the, fruit pulp around the seed is chewed as a stimulant. The active principle is paradol.

1. The seed yields a lot of Essential oil very good for perfumes and other cosmetic products( As fragrance}
2. As a spice, grains of paradise are used for flavouring food,Barbecue and strengthening drink. The seeds are also very good for digestion so they are added to many dishes. They are believed to be An aphrodisiac. They are sometimes mixed in palm wine or home made spirits.
Seed in enemas is good for gastro- intestinal pains or disorders.
Medicinally, alone or with order plant parts, tt is used to relieve various ailments,
Root decoction for expulsion of worms, for treating carminative (flatulence) and
Diarrhoea/dysentery.

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WEST AFRICAN BLACK PEPPER / GUINEA PEPPER (PIPER GUINEESE) ASHANTI PEPPER.

They are perennial climbing vines, which belongs to the family of piperaceae, and wildly exploited. They originated in West Africa. The leaves are alternate, oval and acuminate with covering vines.
The fruits are globose without peduncles, red when ripe, and turning black when dried with a single seed that varies in colour. The active principle is chavine piperine.

U S E S

The seed has a great deal of essential, used by the perfuming and cosmetics industries as a fragrance, but it is mostly used as a spice / seasoning dishes, and barbecue. It has a very pleasant scent. The crop is also widely used for medicinal purposes.
1. The seed is used as an appetizer (stomachic), for treating cold, Rheumatism and stomach trouble (indigestion).
The leaves serves as spinach and the roots powered is used to treat various venereal diseases –sexually transmitted diseases.

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BOLGA BASKETS

The famous Bolga Baskets made by Gurune speaking tribe of Bolgatanga in Northern Ghana then 100 years ago.
They are manufactured with twines plaited with split stems of a grass phragmites karka (common reed). The twines are first dyed with right colours before weaving.
We work with a net work of master craft men and women organised groups / communities thereby making it possible to meet delivery dates.
These basket are made in several varieties and sizes, and also be made according to customers specifications.


The common ones are:
1. Traditional Bolga Baskets:
2. Shoppers Baskets(Oval and V-shape)
3. Laundry Basket
4. Miniature baskets
5. ladies hand bags

These baskets are commonly used shopping gifts and decorations etc.

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