Afrika Botanicals is a leading and established brand supplying Kalahari Melon Seed Oil (Citrullus Vulgaris).
We are proud to offer our Kalahari Melon Seed Oil ingredient to businesses and entrepreneurs looking for alternative cosmetic oils in their production processes.
Please note that our Minimum Order Quantity is five litres. Afrika Botanicals is a leading South African business that exports Kalahari Melon Seed Oil to any company or individual worldwide looking for this specialty oil to augment their cosmetic offering.
Kalahari Melon Seed oil is a natural product suitable for cosmetic and skin applications.
Contact Afrika Botanicals for Kalahari Melon Seed Oil.
Our Kalahari Melon Seed Oil is sourced from a few countries in Southern Africa. We have growers and producers in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
We can send you samples of more than four suppliers covering most of southern Africa for you to decide on the colour and texture. Kalahari Melon Seed Oil is an ideal natural oil with so much potential for the cosmetic industry.
We welcome business owners and entrepreneurs from South Africa and worldwide to contact us for further information on our Kalahari Melon Seed Oil.
Kalahari Melon Seed Oil (KMSO) should not be overlooked when deciding on a cosmetic formulation. It is the mother of melon oils.
The Kalahari melon grows mainly in Namibia and Botswana – in the heart of the dry Kalahari Desert. Known by its Latin title Citrullus Vulgaris, this melon is one of 1200 melons found worldwide and is recognised as the oldest melon ancestor.
Kalahari melon oil also known as tsamma, wild watermelon, bitterboela, karkoer, wild watermelon, makatane or mokaté. Being one of 1,200 varieties of melon, Kalahari melon oil is distinct from regular melon seed oil. The melon has a bitter taste and serves as an essential water source for desert inhabitants when surface water is unattainable.
It is known that the San people can survive for six weeks consuming the Kalahari melons alone. The seeds are ground, and when mixed with water, it used as a sunblock and skin nourisher. The melon has a yellow or pale green flesh with a bitter taste.
Once the melon is harvested, they are sliced open and the seeds gathered. These are dried in the sun until there is no moisture in them. These seeds are cold-pressed to extract the oil for bottling and storing.
The seed of the Kalahari melon consists of approximately 50% oil, 35% protein, and 5% dietary fibre.
The seeds themselves are nutritious and edible – rich in magnesium, potassium, folate, zinc, protein, and iron.
KMSO is the only oil containing polyunsaturated fatty acids that are stable, primarily because it has vitamin E. The significant component is γ-tocopherol (70.56 mg/100 g), followed by α-tocopherol (25.94 mg/100 g). These high values provide for extended shelf life.
Cold-pressing is the most common and cost-effective method, which involves hydraulic or screw-pressing.
It is a seasonal plant that produces one crop per year. It is a much easier plant to grow to extract the seed oil. It does not need as much time as the baobab, mongongo, or marula trees to bear fruit. It is usually wild-harvested and has an important influence on the lives of the gatherers. It is drought-resistant and has valuable dietary attributes.