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Have you ever seen a Baobob tree? Local to Africa & Australia this tree and its fruit are rich in natural and sustainable resources. Now considered as a ” superfruit” you can even find the fruits powder in chain stores for its health benefits. Baobob trees and their fruit are worth learning about……
I love Baobob trees. They are massive & majestic with their wild branches waving in the air ! The genus Adansonia , native to both mainland Africa, Madagascar and Australia is often referred to as the ” upside down tree” because it appears as though it has been planted with it’s roots up in the sky.
I haven’t had opportunity to travel in Australia ~ bucket list ! ~ however I’ve so often traveled along the dusty roads of Africa and these baobob trees and their fruit provide one of the great sights of this fascinating continent.
Naturally, within the weathered bark of these trees lie legends, myths and yes, medicinal uses ! I love the natural resources that God in His creation has provided us with. Scroll down for a links in blue to see how you might try it for it’s Vitamin C benefits !!
Among the legends are the fanciful idea among tribes along the Zambezi River that the trees were uprooted and transplanted upside down to provide humility to these trees which otherwise thought themselves the most upright and proud……..OR the myth that women who were born and raised among areas which were surrounded by many baobob trees were certainly more fertile.
While myths are just that it is fact that these trees hold water within 80% of its trunk while also providing shade and shelter to both humans and animals alike.
Usually about once or maybe twice a year these mighty trees with all their legends do flower and produce the most velvety and resourceful fruits. I like to think of them as Vitamin C drops.
These baobob fruits serve as food to local animals such as monkeys, antelope varieties and elephants. Well done taking your Vit C to these animals, however the fruits are also readily picked up and sold on the local market. When you crack or, in my case, hammer into the hard shell there inside lies a goldmine of health.
Rich in more than 10 times the Vitamin C of a typical orange fruit, the seeds are also ripe with potassium, iron and more calcium that spinach. Take that, Popeye ! Can’t get to Africa and try for yourself, get it in capsules or powder form for YOUR immune support here: Baobob in capsules & powder for anyone ! All kinds of Prime shipping options 🙂
I have experienced the fruits benefits in a few following ways:
~ Pop one of those seeds into your mouth like a lozenge and enjoy its tart flavor right down to the black seed inside. You’ve taken your daily dose of C and now have your own seeds to plant in the backyard.
~ Locals also collect the seeds and dissolve their healthy goodness into water to make a type of baobob fruit – aid ! This is something I aim to try soon. A Vitamin C packet in its natural state. Lovely.
~ The powdery covering of the seeds can also be crushed into a powder and added to smoothies or simply mixed into a glass of water . I even found some packaged baobob powder in the USA a few years ago and brought it home thinking to myself ” I wonder how many people actually seek out baobob powder in the stores these days”. I nearly leaped and shouted for joy when I saw it myself. The powder quickly found its way into my smoothies of fruits and raw milk.
~ And finally a fun and delicious way, in my opinion, to enjoy the tart and God given benefits of baobob fruit? Yep, you guessed it ~ CHOCOLATE!
Allow me to introduce you to an amazing entrepreneurial group I discovered here in Zambia. The first ” bean to bar” artisan chocolate makers in Zambia. I love that their bars have no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Read all about these fantastic and recent award winning chocolatiers. My husband Stefan is from Germany where chocolates are known for their fine quality and he was impressed with their chocolate. “Gut gemacht” Savanna Premium Chocolate 🙂
One of my favorite parts of living in Africa is discovering and using the local resources which are growing here in their perfect climate and environment. How exciting to discover the Baobob tree, the baobob fruit and and then putting its resources to use the way it was intended. Shade, Shelter, Food, Water, Medicinal trees…….the stuff of legends. 😉
Have you tried baobob ? Leave a comment below……I’d love to hear.
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What local resources have you tried in YOUR area? Leave a comment below.