Legend has it that the gods pulled up the Baobab tree by its roots because it grumbles a lot and planted it back upside down to shut it up.
The baobab tree was considered as one of the oldest trees in the world, and the ancient tree of life. It is native to Africa, Australia, Arabia and the Madagascar.
The mighty baobab tree of the African savannahs can grow up to 25 meters high and can live for several thousand years. Its massive trunk can reach to more than 30 meters in diameter. During the wet months, it stores water in its massive trunk for the next nine dry months, causing it to be leafless for the most part of the year. A tree can hold up to 1,180 gallons of water. Baobab is used both as a source of food and water by the indigenous people. Seafarers in the 19th century would eat baobab jam during their journey to protect themselves from scurvy.
Most parts of the baobab tree can be used for practical purposes. The fruit is the real power behind this mighty tree, known as “monkey bread”. It is velvety green in color that grow from beautiful flowers pollinated by bats at night. The seeds are coated with pale powdery pulp and are protected inside a woody- hard shell. This fruit powder with a tangy taste serves as food and drink mix. Its bark can be made into cloths and rope. The leaves are used as condiments and medicine for treating asthma, allergic skin condition and as a mosquito repellent.
Baobab fruit powder contains a high level of nutrients. The fruit pulp has 75 % carbohydrates per 100 grams. It is also packed with high volume of Vitamin C, which is 6 times more than an orange. Baobab is loaded with protein, although low lipid content. Its dietary fiber is higher as compared to fruits like bananas, apples and peaches. Pectin found in baobab makes it effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels and preventing colon and prostate cancer. It has plenty of vitamin B complex, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. And of course, antioxidants. This super fruit has an antioxidant protection level (ORAC value) of 25,000 per 100g and that is twice than pomegranate and cranberries. It is pro-biotic and excellent in maintaining proper brain and nerve function. A general cure-all tonic used to treat fever, gastric problems, malaria and other diseases.
Baobab consumed as food and in moderation is safe. As for pregnant and nursing women, best to avoid using as medication.
You want something to boost you up?.. Add some baobab fruit powder in your favorite smoothie and see the difference!
Enjoy Life. Eat Healthy.
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