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Bush mango is a very high tree (50 metre height) well implanted in the Gulf of Guinea, and from Nigeria to Angola. Its bark is used to cure diarrhea, dysentery, infertility, etc. The leaves are rich of tannin, that provides antihaemorrhagic, antiseptic, and poison control (snake, scorpions or venomous insects bites) properties, Bush mango contains a large amount of iron, vitamin A, E and selenium in its edible fibers.


Ingredient Mangue



Part of the plant harvested: Almonds | Abstraction process: Cold pressing
Family: Irvingiaceae | Scientific name: Irvingia GabonensisTrade name: Bush Mango
Quality: 100% pure and natural, cold pressing without chemical processing, cosmetics quality
Country of origin: Cameroon | Production area: Dja Biosphere Reserve
Harvest period: June-August | Production in 2015: 200 kg | Production capacity in 2016: 500 kg


Organoleptic characteristics

Feature: solid butter at room temperature | Colour: Beige | Melting point: 46°C


Physical and chemical characteristics

Saponification value: 240,49-267,42 mg KOH/g
Acid index: < 2,31 mg KOH/g | Peroxide index: < 0,8 meqO2/kg


Fatty acids composition

Essential polyunsaturated fatty acids (E.F.A) or vitamin F: linoleic acid (omega-6) (0%)
Mono-unsaturated acids (MUFA): oleic acid (omega-9) (2%)
Saturated fatty acids: palmitic acid (7,5%), stearic acid (1%), myristic acid (61%) lauric acid (27%)


Condition of preservation

Store in a dry place, protected from hit and light.


Properties and use

Moisturizing and nourishing, softening and calming, antioxidant, antibacterial action, promotes weight loss (according to some studies).


Ingredient Mangue2


NGOs working in the sector

TFRD (Tropical Forest and Rural Development) is an NGO that intervenes in northern periphery of the Dja Biosphere Reserve on 30 000 hectares with 24 villages. They reinforce more than 160 farmers including 50 women, to develop certified Rainforest Alliance cacao sector, and to valorise non-timber forest products.

AAFEBEN (Appui à l’autopromotion de la femme de la Boumba et de Ngoko) intervenes in the Easter periphery of Dja Reserve on 10 community forests of 50 000 hectares. It supports 10 women groups totalling 350 women, mostly from the Baka (Pygmy people) and Bantu ethnic groups; and work in harvest and commercialisation of non-timber forest products.


Impact on biodiversity and local communities

Bush mango has a high nutritional, medicinal and economic value for forest communities. It is part of the most appreciated species from communities living in the Eastern and Southern areas of Cameroon where it is used to prepare sauces, in neighbouring countries (like Nigeria) it is mostly used in food industry. Valorisation of non-timber forest products (NTFPs) increases local populations income who find an economic interest in protecting and managing the tropical forest in sustainable ways. In addition, communities are supported to implant tree nurseries close to housing areas and fields. This eases the harvesting, the renewal of NWFP and limits the impact of harvesting on natural recovery.


Man and Nature cannot be hold responsible for any misuse of the information contained in these pages. These factsheets cannot be considered as a therapeutic or medical prescription and cannot in any way replace a consultation with a health professional.


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