The Tamanu tree (pronounced TAMANOU) from Asia with the botanical name Calophyllum Inophyllum belongs to the family of the Guttifères. It has gradually spread over the centuries in various temperate climates, as well as in Tahiti.
Hundreds of varieties of Calophyllum Inophyllum have been registered around the world, but Inophyllum Tahitensis is the one with the best characteristics.
Tamanu nuts should be exposed to the sun for a few weeks to become brownish and develop an aromatic odor. Their germination is over and their ability to produce oil is maximum.
The pure Tamanu oil , which is extracted from the sun-dried nuts, is a rich yellow-ocher color, a little greenish with a very pronounced. It contains a high concentration of resin (more than 20%), which gives it its therapeutic properties, which are known in pharmacy and cosmetics.