An imposing tree, Adansonia Digitata can reach 25 metres in height, and the trunks can exceed 20 metres in circumference. The wood is light and the giant trunks are often hollowed for a variety of uses. Hollowed baobabs have been used as stables, stores, bus shelters, water reservoirs and, in Australia, a bar.
Commonly referred to as the ‘Tree of Life’, a use for almost every part of the tree has been recorded. Fibres are woven into ropes, basket nets and fishing lines; in East Africa the roots make a red dye; the hard fruit shells are also used as pots for food. The leaves, especially when young, are used in a similar way to spinach, or can be dried, powdered and used in soups. However, the pulp of the baobab fruit is the most important resource.
Our baobab fruit powder is available, wild-harvested,Raw, unprocessed, straight from the tree. Then straight from the pod to the pouch…No Additives, nothing taken away.
Fruit pods are between 20 and 30 cm long, and typically yellow-green in colour when immature. Harvesting takes place when mature fruits are brown, hard, and woody, and appear dry and hollow. The pods contain numerous seeds set within the pale, dry fruit pulp. The baobab fruit pulp is naturally low in moisture, which is why it is resistant to spoiling – in the unopened shell, baobab pulp is edible up to 3 months after harvest.
Preparation of the baobab powder is a simple process. The pods are cracked open, and the pulp mechanically separated from seeds and shell. The pulp is then milled to produce a fine powder, and bagged. The lack of moisture is key to this minimal production process – drying with high temperature is not required, making the baobab powder a ‘raw’ product. Baobab represents an important source of revenue for local people. There is no high barrier to entry to harvesting the fruit, and as a result it is becoming an important part of the local economy in some countries of Africa.
Almost 50%, fibre is found in the baobab Fruit
Low in fat and sugar
6 x times the amount of Vitamin C found in oranges ( Energy & Alertness are dependent on Vitamin C )
5 x times more potassium than banana’s ( Potassium supports the nervous system)
Higher in calcium than milk & Cheese. Calcium helps teeth and bone health, function of digestive enzymes, and muscle function.
Loaded with Antioxidants (strengthen your body’s ability to fight infection & Diseases)
Helps fight diabetes (See link below)
Strong and healthy bones need calcium. In fact, the calcium levels of baobab beat milk and many leafy vegetables as well as most fruits. A single serving will provide you with 6% of your recommended daily allowance.
A heaped tablespoon of baobab powder mixed into a smoothie or sprinkled over your cereal provides 33% of your Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of fibre. Fibre in the diet has many important roles. It helps you maintain a healthy digestive tract and also plays a role in helping you keep your weight in check as it keeps you fuller for longer. The high levels of pectin (a type of soluble fibre) in baobab also act like a sponge in the blood and help soak up unwanted fat and cholesterol in the bloodstream. Eating a high fibre diet alongside a low saturated fat diet reduces your risk of heart disease.
Also we all know that we should be drinking more water, in fact 1.6 to 2.0 litres a day (8-10 200 mls in a glass) is needed by our bodies to stay hydrated and healthy and its a fact that it can get a bit boring just drinking water, so we suggest adding x 2 teaspoons of Baobab powder to either your bottled water or simply a glass of drinking water and stir for that subtle Citrus/Sherbet taste & give you what your body deserves an extra boost of Vitamins & Fibre.
The simple way to boost your breakfast –
Baobab is a fantastic fruit that not only adds nutritional goodness but it enhances the taste of food as well. It can be blended into just about any drink or food making it an excellent everyday health boost.
Add a tablespoon to smoothies for body and flavour; use as a sprinkle for breakfast cereal or to liven up porridge. add to yogurt for an exotic twist adding chopped/crushed fruit Alternatively, bake baobab into home-made bread, muffins, Pancakes and snack bars, for extra superfood nutrition.