What is Marula Oil?
Marula oil is extracted from the kernels (nuts) of the Marula tree (Sclerocarya birrea), from the Anacardiaceae family. Marula oil is traditionally used in cosmetics. in food as a cooking oil, and as a meat preservative and to treat leather.
Another great natural nut from the Motherland of Africa, the Marula Nut! It is comprised of monounsaturated fatty acids and its natural antioxidants makes it a stable oil. Marula Oil is 10 times more stable than Olive Oil! Its fatty acid monounsaturated break down is as follows:
- Oleic Acid (70-78%)
- Linoleic Acid (4.0-7.0 %)
- Alpha-linolenic Acid (0.1-0.7 %)
- Palmitic Acid ( 9 - 12%)
- Stearic Acid (5.0 - 8.0%)
- Arachidonic Acid (0.3 - 0.7%)
The Marula Nut has been used by the Tsonga people of South Africa and the people of Mozambique as a moisturizing body lotion for women and they also used it as a massage oil for babies. Women also used Marula Oil instead of water to clean themselves.
In its oil form, Marula oil has been an important part of the African diet. It has been widely used by the people of the Inhambane Province in Mozambique, Owambo, in north central Namibia, Northern KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and the Zvishavane district of Zimbabwe. The seeds are dried than moved to a mill where they are then pressed to gather the Marula Oil.
Marula Oil was also used in the diets of the Bushmen and Bantu tribes. The oil from its kernels were also used to preserve meat by the Venda, enabling them to preserve their meat up to a year. This wonderful Marula Oil is considered a delicacy and used in a variety of traditional and updated African dishes.