#BlackHistoryEats / Day 17 / Baobab
- The massive baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) is the largest succulent plant in the world and is sacredly regarded as the "Tree of Life" because not only does it provide shelter, but also food and medicine.
- The tree has 9 different species; 6 are native to Madagascar, two native to the Central and Southern Africa and one is native to Australia
- The trees thrive in hot and dry areas where it doesn't often rain like South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Mozambique
- Baobab trees can live up to 2000 years
NUTRITION + USES /
- The whole fruit has many uses. The seeds are covered in a white powder (called the fruit pulp). Here is wonderful video explaining the parts of the fruit and well as other uses and nutritional information.
- Baobab fruit is extremely nutritious. It contains more vitamin C (6 times) than citrus fruit, twice as much calcium per serving than milk, and is rich in B vitamins and minerals like magnesium and iron. The baobab fiber is also very rich in antioxidants and high in fiber.
- For centuries, baobab has been medicinally in Traditional African Medicine for a variety of ailments including fevers, malaria, and vitamin C deficiency
- Baobab seeds are very oil-rich and are pressed to make Baobab oil which is often used for facial serums and skin rejuvenation. The oil is rich in vitamins A, E and F and is ideal for those with rougher and drier skin.
- Baobab pulp powder is often used as highly nutritious supplement for smoothies and oatmeal
- Elephants (one of my favorite animals!) also love baobab trees; they chew on them for moisture.