MARULA: Beauty & The Beasty King of Trees

October 5, 2015

People in Southern Africa have made use of the Marula tree and all of its parts for hundreds and probably thousands of years, for nutrition, medicines, cosmetics and even alcoholic beverages. Not for nothing is it known as the ‘King of African Trees’.


Marula oil comes from the nut inside the marula fruit which grows on the marula tree. Marula trees are indigenous to Southern Africa and in Swaziland there are an estimated two million wild marula trees. The tree grows to a height of about 18 metres and cross pollination occurs between male and female trees. It is only the female tree that bears the fruit.

Marula Oil is fast becoming known worldwide for its exceptional qualities:

  • completely natural, pure oil
  • rich in anti-ageing properties – antioxidants, oleic acid & Vitamin E
  • enhances skin hydration & smoothness
  • reduces skin redness; softens scar tissue
  • can help reduce or avoid stretch marks during pregnancy
  • easily absorbed by the skin, leaving no oily residue
  • produced from the kernels of the Marula fruit
  • fragrance free, suitable for all skin types
  • a light oil with key aromatherapy benefits
  • stable & natural with an exceptionally long shelf life- a little goes a long way!
  • harvested from wild and environmentally sustainable trees


Most well known as the fruit that ‘drives elephants mad‘ when dropped to the ground and lightly fermented, marula is a much-loved tree in the veld in Africa. It was a dietary mainstay in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia throughout ancient times.

The All-organic taste of marula fruit reflects its origins as the “food of kings.” With up to four times the Vitamin C of orange juice, marula fruit pulp is a clear choice for healthy juice drinkers. Studies show that marula fruit is high in potassium, calcium and magnesium. Marula fruit pulp is both nutritious and tasty, and makes an excellent base to combine with any number of beverages. learn more


Amarula Fruit Cream Liqueur is said to be the best liqueur in the world. The brand was recently accorded super-brand status in South Africa by the South African Superbrands Council 2008/9 for its market dominance, overall market acceptance, longevity, as well as the goodwill and customer loyalty it engenders.

Distilled from the fermented fruit of the Marula tree, the spirit is aged for three years, then blended with cream.

For more fun facts on the marula tree including a number of recipes for mixing with the delicious taste of Amarula Fruit Cream Liqueur, check out the Amarula website: