There’s always a new fad out, a new miracle diet or supplement that offers the key to health, life and eternal youth. But today we introduce baobab. It’s not new and it’s not a fad. You’ve probably never even heard of it unless you live in Africa, Madagascar or Australia. But baobab fruit is speedily heading towards being categorised as a superfood.
Found in Africa and Madagascar (and some parts of Australia) baobab fruit is the fruit from, you guessed it…the Baobab Tree! An extraordinary looking tree with a huge barrel-like trunk. The fruit itself is woody and gourd-like in appearance but contains a sweet and tangy, almost citrusy pulp. In its natural habitat, it’s legendary for its rich nutritional profile and is well-known for its medicinal values.
To those just getting to know the baobab, it is often referred to as a “super fruit“. National Geographic claims it “contains six times as much vitamin C as oranges, twice as much calcium as milk, and plenty of fibre, B vitamins, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, and antioxidants“. The disease-fighting molecules of antioxidants contained in baobab ward off a myriad of health issues; from lowering the risk of cancer to the fight against heart disease.
This is great news for those with access to the fruit in its natural form. After drying naturally on the branch, it’s harvested and the seeds are removed. What remains is a sweet-tangy pulp. The pulp is then ground and dried into a powder. Its taste has been described as a mix of grapefruit, pear, and vanilla. Sound interesting?
The baobab fruit powder is organic, raw and natural, perfect for those following a raw food diet. It is obviously animal-free so a great choice for vegetarians and vegans alike, and as a whole food, good for any health conscious individual. The powder also has a high pectin content (somewhat similar to the texture of cornstarch) so it’s a natural thickener making it an ideal addition to that daily smoothie.
- The African tribes call the tree “the upside down tree”. When vacant of leaves, the spreading branches of the Baobab seem like roots sticking out up into the air as if it had been planted inverted. An African legend tells that the Baobab was amongst the primary trees to look on to the Earth. Once the Palm, the Flame Tree, and the Baobab appeared, the Baobab began to grumble that it wished to be taller, to have flame-coloured flowers, and bear tasty fruit too. The Gods grew angry at this incessant wailing and forced up the tree by its roots, and replanted it the wrong round to keep it quiet!
- The African Baobab tree is additionally known as the “tree of life” because it will store water throughout the dry season. That can be very important to the local agricultural populations in the locations where Baobab’s usually grow. Baobab trees can contain up to 30,000 gallons of water, and to induce that, Kalahari Bushmen use hollow grass, like a straw to suck the water out.
Facts about the Baobab Tree
- The Baobab is one of Africa’s latest trade sensations. On the 15th of July 2008, the European Union formally approved the export of small-grained Baobab fruit to the United Kingdom as a healthy additive to cereal bars and smoothies. And indeed you are now at last seeing it in more and more products…including our own Coconut Protein+ ?? The Baobab is alleged to possess three times the Vitamin C content of an orange, and more calcium than as a glass of milk. According to a study carried out by Britain’s University of Southampton, Baobab is also high in vitamins B1 and B2 as well as being full of free radical slaying antioxidants. Which helps in the fight against oxidative stress – the underlaying cause of cancer.
- The acid and salt found in the pulp can also be used as the base for Cream of Tartar, typically used as a baking ingredient but also an awesome source of Potassium – check out this video showing a fantastic Apple Cider Vinegar based drink that uses Cream of Tartar to replace electrolytes during your fast
- The bark of the Baobab can also be used as a completely natural remedy to lower fevers, while chewing a leaf can have a caffeine-like effect, waking you up. And ingesting the tartar powder from the fruit pulp can help with stomach aches.
All in all, Baobab is an amazing tree, from the bark to the fruit and that’s why there is 5g of Raw Baobab Fruit Powder in every serving of our Coconut Protein+
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