Palm oil, as we all know, isn’t great for the environment. In fact it’s responsible for the loss of hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of rainforest. In this episode, Gus, the African Plant Hunter, shares his scoop on a possible substitute for palm oil, currently being actively researched by scientists around the globe. The tree is the magnificent Natal Mahogany (Trichilia emetica), whose stunning red seeds produce a thick, beautiful oil, solid at room temperature and known in the industry as “mafura butter”. Join Gus as he shows us an example of the tree in the Zambezi valley, and prepare to learn another absorbing set of African plant facts.
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