The first batch of the new harvest shea butter from Ghana has arrived today. Since the beginning of the rainy season in mid-May, women are collecting the fruits of the shea tree and making their shea butter out of it. While everyone looked forward to a very good harvest last year, the yield per tree is much lower this year. Without really knowing why, the harvest per tree varies in a few years' time .

Luckily for us, that does not mean there will not be enough shea butter. All shea butter comes from wild savanna collections and there are enough shea trees. But for the women who collect the fruits, that means they have to keep going much farther to collect the same amount.

The color of butter there are small differences. Instead of the almost white light yellow from last year, the current batch is strong yellow to beige with a hint of green shimmer. As with apples, for example,  the color of unrefined shea butter is not the same every year. (refined shea butter always looks the same, since all the substances that can change the color are taken out there)

There have been no changes in the quality. We think the butter would give off a slightly milder scent. We particularly like the taste (yes, we also cook with shea butter). Instead of a slightly smoky note, the buttery comes through more out of my taste.