BENEFITS OF BAOBAB
Baobab Powder is rich in B vitamins, minerals, fibres, antioxidants, potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium. Zinc and phosphorus. It helps to strengthen the immune system and promote natural and holistic health; while keeping the skin healthy and radiant.
Grows in: Sub-Saharan Africa
Sourced & Processed: Ghana and South Africa
Packaged in: Norway and Sweden
TRADITIONAL USE OF BAOBAB
The dry fruit pulp has many uses; the most popular in most African regions is as a sherbet-like drink that is rich in vitamin C. The seeds can be pressed into oil that has wonderful nutrient and topical properties. The hard outer shell is waterproof and can be made into a variety of domestic articles such as calabashes and castanets. Both the seeds and the leaves can be eaten. The bark can be harvested without killing the tree and pounded to make rope.
WHAT IS A BAOBAB TREE?
Baobab is a tree that is often described as the "Tree of Life." Native to sub-Saharan Africa, the baobab tree is scientifically known as Adansonia digitata, and is the most common species of African Baobab. It is found in 31 African countries. Notably, baobab trees grow naturally in dry areas and store massive amounts of water in their stems to cope with seasonal droughts.
It is believed that the trees could live to be as old as 1,500 years. However, the issue regarding the age of Baobab has remained contentious over the years. In late 2004, Grootboom, a well-known and extremely large African baobab located in northeastern Namibia, collapsed unexpectedly. Ten wood samples collected from different areas of the trunk were processed and investigated. The radiocarbon dates of three samples were greater than 1000 years BP (radiocarbon years before present, i.e., before AD 1950). The corresponding calibrated calendar age of the oldest sample was 1275 +/- 50 years, making Grootboom the oldest known angiosperm tree with reliable dating results.
Interestingly, Baobab is the only fruit in the world that dries naturally on the branch. The fruit that grows on the Baobab Tree, the Baobab Fruit, almost looks like a small coconut or large mango. Baobab fruit has a hard outer shell, and inside the hard casing, you would find the pulp, which is already naturally dehydrated.
PUBLISHED BAOBAB RESEARCH
Baobab Fruit is “a source of soluble fibers with PREBIOTIC-LIKE activity” Manfredini S. (2002) The Health Properties of Baobab (Adansonia Digitata), University of Ferrara.
“The baobab fruit is a rich source of bioaccessible polyphenols, and the current study shows the potential of baobab for reducing the glycemic response to carbohydrate-rich foods both in vitro and in vivo”. SA Coe et al. “The polyphenol-rich baobab fruit reduces starch digestion and glycemic response in humans”. Nutrition Research. 2013 Nov; 33:888-96
“The baobab’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it valuable for a variety of applications in beverages, it has also proven to be an effective prebiotic ingredient.” Gruenwald. Novel Botanical Ingredients for Beverages. Clinics in Dermatology (2009) 27: 210-216