Before we delve into baobab powder, let’s understand the (tree of life), or the baobab tree, as is known. Baobab trees are native to Africa, Madagascar and Australia.
Baobab trees are classified as long-lived deciduous, small to large trees with broad trunks and compact crowns. Baobab trees exist in a variety of species and they all produce a hard to crack baobab fruit.
Every part of the baobab tree - leaves, fruit pulp, seeds and bark - has been used for food, as medicine, and to make household goods like woven baskets, rope, cloth and fishing nets, for millenia.
The fruits (pulp) has been a delicacy for many years amongst African communities, and in (East Africa), it is consumed as red sweets known as mabuyu/ ubuyu, in Swahili:
Baobab has evolved to be a most sort after superfood, all over the world, especially when ground. Baobab is added as an ingredient juices, smoothies, and salad recipes.
To get the baobao fruit pulp, crack open the hard outer shell of the baobab fruit, and get to the already dried inner softer part.
Traditionally, the bark of the baobab tree is turned into rope, clothing, woven baskets and fishing nets, whilst the fresh leaves are eaten raw, to boost the immune system and remedy digestive problems for millennia amongst the communities.
Wherever it grows across the African continent, baobab tree natives consider baobab as staple food as every part of it is consumable.
The leaves are chewed fresh to aid digestion and can be cooked as vegetable in place of spinach. When the leaves are dried, they become a great thickener for sauces, soups and stews.
Baobab powder is a rich source of vitamin C, which contributes to normal energy release, immune function and a healthy, glowing skin.
It is also almost 50% fiber (two thirds soluble and one third insoluble, making it a powerful prebiotic); and contains more antioxidants than any other whole fruit.
Health benefits of the baobab:
- Help in weight loss by promoting feelings of fullness
- Help balance blood sugar level
- May reduce inflammation
- High fiber content this helping to promote digestion
- Promotes glowing skin
- It has prebiotic fiber that helps balance the gut microbiome
- High levels of vitamin C ensure your immune system can do its job.
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