Baobab

Baobab

Although it's popularity is on the increase, few outside of Africa are aware of the benefits of this superfruit.

We had certainly never heard of it before, until we took a trip to the Eden Project in Cornwall, where we tasted some absolutely gorgeous chocolate made with Baobab and Vanilla. More info here

The tree is native to Botswana, Malawi, South Africa and Madagascar itself, and is highly important in the local habitat and ecology for both humans and animals.

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Vitamin C

Baobab is high in Vitamin C, apparently containing six times more than the humble orange.

Reportedly, Baobab has as many antioxidants as goji berries, and twice as much calcium than milk. It has more iron than red meat, more potassium than a banana and more magnesium than spinach.

African people have treasured the baobab tree and its fruit for thousands of years calling it “The Tree of Life”.

It can provide shelter, clothing, food, and water for the animal and human inhabitants of the African Savannah regions. The cork-like bark and huge stem are fire resistant and are used for making cloth and rope. The leaves are used as condiments and medicines. The fruit, is also known as "monkey bread".

The baobab is the national tree of Madagascar.

Other common names include 'boab', 'boaboa', 'bottle tree', 'upside-down tree', and 'monkey bread tree'.

Adansonia

Adansonia is a genus of nine species of tree, including six native to Madagascar, two native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and one native to Australia.

Named after a French explorer, and naturalist, variations include Adansonia grandidieri and Adansonia digitata,

The age to which these fabulous trees grow, is subject to some dispute. According to wikipedia, the owners of Sunland Farm in Limpopo, South Africa have built a pub called "The Big Baobab Pub" inside the hollow trunk of the 22 metres (72 ft) high tree. The tree is 47 m (155 ft) in circumference, and is said to have been carbon dated at over 6,000 years old.

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