Schinziophyton rautanenii is a tree naturally occurring in parts of Africa. The tree reaches up to 15m in height and its flowering and fruiting commence around year 15 – 25. Fruit ripens after falling to the ground. It is locally known as Mongongo.
Manketti seeds are seen as a unit of exchange in rural communities. The seeds are used as a food source and the shells as fuel for cooking. From the seed bright, yellow edible oil is cold pressed and sourced as part of a community empowerment program. It contains a high content of Vitamin E, Linoleic Acid and Eleostearic Acid. Eleostearic Acid reacts to the UV radiation and protects skin.
Manketti seed oil is easily absorbed into the skin and has been used as a hair lotion, body rub, cleanser and moisturiser by the local communities to protect the skin. It has hydrating, nourishing and restructuring properties as well as improving UV protection for hair and skin.