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Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)

Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) also known as goat nut, deer nut and coffeeberry is native to the Southwestern North America. As the sole species of the family Simmondsiaceae, Jojoba is growm commercially to produce Jojoba Liquid Wax known as Jojoba Oil which is extracted from its seed.

Jojoba foliage provides year-round food for many wild animals including deer, bighorn sheep and livestock. Its nuts however feed squirrels, large birds, rabbits and other rodents.

Jojoba seed meal is toxic to many mammals due to simmondsin which inhibits hunger. In humans however acts as a laxative.

Native Americans first made use of jojoba. The O'odham people of the Sonoran Desert treated burns with an antioxidant salve made from a paste of the jojoba nut. Native Americans also used the salve to soften and preserve animal hides.

Jojoba is grown for the liquid wax, commonly called jojoba oil, in its seeds. This oil is different from other common plant oils in that it is composed almost completely (97%) of wax esters of monounsaturated, straight-chain acids and alcohols with high molecular weights (carbon chain lengths from 36 to 46). This makes Jojoba Oil and its derivative Jojoba Esters more similar to sebum and whale oil than to traditional vegetable oils.

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