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Poisonous when accidentally taken but full of wonderful furnishing oil, the Tanzania tung nut comes from the hardy Aleurites fordii tree. Its natural fruit is not fit for consumption but produces industrial oil. The berry looks like a pear and from a distant angle, a tiny apple. Its most important part is the dual seed: very toxic, the two seeds per fruit are the main sources of the furniture ointment.

The classification of the tung nut is baffling. Due to its insufficiency of fleshy pulp in it, some botanists call the fruit bacca rather than the common drupe term. Indeed, the shell that hides the nut is actual wood. Just the kernel around the inner skin of the nut next to the seeds has some hints of softness.

The original home of the Tanzania tung nut was China about 600 B.C. The Chinese produced it to maintain the tall masts of sailing ships courtesy of its hardiness. There were also accounts of its oil being useful in furniture furnishing in ancient China. The use of the oil in Tanzania and the Western world began around the early 1900s.

We source tung nuts from the coastal belt where other nuts like the cashews grow. We only make contracts with family growers with less than two acres of land. We also ensure that they employ only organic fertilizers such as manure and forgo the application of chemical sprays.

We harvest tung nuts when the tree is three years old from the planting date.  The best production years are from year four and five and then one decade more before the tree depreciates in yields.  We usually wait until the shells fall and then collect them in dried form. By now the moisture content will have dissipated 30 percent. We gather the shells into baskets and take them to the processing plant.

We process Tanzania tung nut oil by a basic 100 percent natural procedure. At first, the nuts undergo cleaning in clean water. This is followed by the cracking open of the tough shells to extract the seeds. We then dry these before we take them into the grinding machine. This produces a paste that will be of the right texture and fineness for full exposure under the press. The press itself is a wedge which squeezes the paste until it forms a cake. The cake then undergoes further squeezing to produce the oil.

We consider this production method of Tanzania tung nut oil as quite economical. Not only does it lower the final cost we pass to the consumer in comparison with more expensive processing, but it leads to 100 percent purity. All our packages indicate that this is indeed pure oil to separate it from other types that undergo heating at 260 degrees Celsius to refine them.

We pack Tanzania tung nuts and tung oil into different packages. If you want the nuts raw, we transport them to the airport in clearly labeled jute bags. For the by-products, we provide them in plastic containers that carry anything from an ounce to 3.7 liters. We also have containers of 55 gallons or the equivalent of 208 liters for bulk shipping.  The plastic cans keep the oil very cool and maintain its additive-free quality. We mark each package with a label explaining the wedge-press processing to reinforce the purity of the wood finish.

We store Tanzania tung nuts or oil in a cool, dry environment at 0 degrees Celsius. We transport the cargo to the airport in Dar-es-salaam under the same modified environment conditions via our special trucks. The arrival date of the cargo is usually within a day or two of dispatch.

We therefore invite you to sample our raw and processed Tanzania tung nuts. We source the produce from Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-certified farms. This in itself guarantees the pure quality of our inedible nuts. You also receive the consignment at the right quantity just like you will have stipulated. You will also obtain the shipment at very affordable prices. This is why you should make an order today!


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