I just ordered a bunch of seeds to 1. try using them for a laundry detergent and 2. to germinate and grow locally. I'll post a comment to let you know how the laundry experiment worked once they come in the mail. It seemed like a better solution than getting the imported Chinese variety from India/Indonesia to keep our clothes clean.
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Great link Chris! Under "Other Uses" the fed database lists:
Desert Survivors, where I was a member for some time, had them down in Tucson. You might try Mgr. Jim Verrier there if you contact them; he is probably my favorite nursery guy of many. If you do inquire, tell him I said hello. They also had a nice write-up on the tree in a recent bulletin--you "may" be able to access this on-line off their website. I rec'd mine in the mail but they do "usually" keep up with posting these on-line...
I have a bunch of soap nuts, sans seeds. I have one seed I was trying to grow. it has to be scarified and soaked and who knows what else, but I couldn't scarify it. it's a tough nut to crack. lol pun and literal meaning intended.