The baobab tree has an iconic status in Africa, rich in myth and legend. It is often referred to as the “upside-down tree” because its branches resemble roots sticking up. Many believed that it was turned upside down by an angry god, who grew tired of the tree’s arrogance. It is known as Africa’s ‘Tree of Life’ and is native to the hot and drier regions of tropical Africa. A few mature baobab trees have been carbon dated , putting their age at over 1000 years and they are still producing fruit. So the baobab is a truly ancient food. It is the only fruit in the world that dries naturally on the branch. Baking in the sun for 6 months, baobab’s green, prickly, velvet-like coating transforms into a smooth, brown, coconut-like shell. The dry, white-ish pulp is inside its hard casing and contains no moisture whatsoever. It is simply harvested and sieved to produce a natural powder that is exceptionally nutrient-rich. It is a rich source of vitamin C, and is almost 50% fibre (two thirds soluble and one third insoluble, making it a powerful prebiotic). It contains more antioxidants than any other whole fruit. Baobab has a natural shelf-life of 3 years so needs no additives or preservative. It has a sweet and citrusy flavour.
£5.00 – £16.00
Often sought after for its high vitamin C content helping to prevent illness as well as being a go to for aiding weight loss alongside its super high nutritional content and anti-oxidants.
1/2-1tsp (we recommend for all to listen to their bodies intuition, follow the dosage that most resonates with you)
A little more information:
The baobab tree has been revered throughout history for its many useful properties, giving it its widely known name ‘The Tree of Life’. With the Baobab practically being a giant succulent with up to 80 percent of its trunk made up of water, the San Bushmen used to rely upon the trees as a valuable source of water when the rains failed and the rivers dried. Amazingly a single tree can hold up to 1,189 gallons of the precious liquid, while the hollow center of an old baobab also provides valuable shelter.
One can find many stories and traditions involving the baobab tree. Tribes along the Zambezi River hold the belief that once upon a time the baobab grew upright, but considered itself so much better than the lesser trees around it that eventually the gods decided to teach the baobab a lesson. They uprooted it and planted it upside down, in order to stop its boasting and teach the tree humility.
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