The Incredible, Edible . . . . Shea?

The other day I was chatting with some people in an Etsy chat room, when one chatter exclaimed that her husband thought that shea butter was for cooking.

LOL's came rolling out on the screen until I informed the other chatters that shea butter can be eaten.

Of course, I can't really read any expressions through my computer, but I think some people may have been shocked. Someone said that was gross, but I said that in West Africa women have been cooking with shea for years, and it's also used in the US and Europe in the chocolate industry as a substitute for cocoa butter. Rumor has it this is also a healthy butter/oil. I once read that it is similar to olive oil in the fact that it is a healthy cooking oil for frying foods, but I have yet to verify this. (If anyone finds out if this is true please let me know!)

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