Hides, Skins and Leather

HIDES, SKINS AND LEATHER The importance of hides, skins and leather cannot be emphasized enough as nearly all humanity have made use of these materials in one form or the other. A hide is gotten from the skin of animals which is treated for human use. The leather, processed from hides, is produced either on

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Jatropha Seeds

JATROPHA SEEDS As the world continues to seek for a healthier and environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuel, biodiesel is now thought to be the perfect replacement, especially for transportation purposes.  Surprisingly though, one plant might after all, be the solution for what the whole world craves for. That plant is no other than the

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Kolanuts

KOLA NUTS Kola nut is a native of West Africa and widely grown in Angola, Togo, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The plant is also found in all tropical regions and is cultivated for its nuts which is said to have both medicinal and cultural uses.  The kola plant is an evergreen tree that can grow

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Maize

MAIZE Maize (popularly known as corn in the United States) got its history as far back as 1492 when Columbus discovered it in Cuba. Though it was believed that the grain has been in existence and used in many regions, it was made widely known in the Columbus era. Discovered in America, it was later

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Melons

Melons are said to originate from Africa and the Middle East, and have gradually spread to Europe and other regions of the world. Though considered to be fruits, they are often used as vegetables.   World output of melon was at 31 million tons in 2009 with China contributing about 51% of total output. This puts

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Millets

Millet is said to be one of the oldest food crops known to mankind, and perhaps the first grain to be used domestically. For thousands of years now, millets have been cultivated in Asia and Africa as a staple food.  Its history dates back to 2700BC in China and was also documented that the crop

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Pure Hardwood Charcoal

Wood charcoal is the dark remains of burnt wood made of carbon and ash. They are often produced by the heating of wood or by pylolysis and are usually an impure form of carbon due to their ash content. Yet, hardwood charcoal is one of the purest forms of carbon available as its ash content

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Raw Cashew Nuts in Shell

The cashew tree originated from South America where it flourished in Peru and Brazil. In the 16th century, the tree was introduced to India by Portuguese traders. Since then, it has become one of their major export crops equal to Brazil.  There are other countries that grow and export cashew. They include Malaysia, Thailand, China,

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Red Palm Oil

Palm oil (Elaeis guineensis) is a traditional fat that has been in existence and used primarily in human diet since the 14th century. They can be grown only in tropical areas of Africa, South American and Asia. In recent years, demand for edible vegetable oils has increased considerably and world’s production of red palm oil

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Sesame Seeds

Sesame plants are grown in tropical Africa, India and some parts of Europe. This pod has been around for ages but became popular in India and ancient Greece where, it was believed people use it for purification in religious ceremonies. Sesame seeds come in different forms. There are the red, white, brown and black variations.

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Soya Beans

Soya Beans

Soya bean (popularly known as “soybean” in the United States) is a legume that has been grown primarily in Asia and has now gained significant attention all over the world.  Known for its richness in protein, the seed has considerably

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Arguably having the most nutritional benefits of all vegetables, the sweet potato is full of vitamins and minerals fundamental to a healthy living.  As one of the oldest vegetables of mankind, it is said to be domesticated in either the

Tiger Nuts

Tiger Nuts

Tiger nut (cyperus esculentus) is a native of the Mediterranean region and widely grown in Asia, America and all over tropical Africa. Tiger nut is not really a nut, but actually a tuber and is very rich in fiber, natural

White Yam

White Yam

Yams (Dioscorea Dioscoreaceae) are perennial crops cultivated primarily for their starchy tubers in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Oceania. Yam is a very important staple food in most parts of Africa where 95% of world’s output is harvested. As a