African grown Baobab powder
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THE BAOBAB TREE:
AFRICA'S ICONIC "TREE OF LIFE"
THE BAOBAB TREE
The majestic Baobab Tree is an icon of the African continent and lies at the heart of many traditional African remedies and folklore.
The Baobab is a prehistoric species which predates both mankind and the splitting of the continents over 200 million years ago. Native to the African Savannah where the climate is extremely dry and arid, it is a symbol of life and positivity in a landscape where little else can thrive. Over time, the Baobab has adapted to its environment. It is a succulent, which means that during the rainy season it absorbs and stores water in its vast trunk, enabling it to produce a nutrient-dense fruit in the dry season when all around is dry and arid. This is how it became known as "The Tree of Life".
Baobab trees grow in 32 African countries. They can live for up to 5,000 years, reach up to 30 meters high and up to an enormous 50 meters in circumference. Baobab trees can provide shelter, food and water for animals and humans, which is why many Savannah communities have made their homes near Baobab trees.
While many people know of the Baobab Tree, not many people know that it has a fruit - and even less know that this fruit is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world.
In fact, every part of the Baobab Tree is valuable - the bark can be turned into rope and clothing, the seeds can be used to make cosmetic oils, the leaves are edible, the trunks can store water and the fruit is extraordinarily rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Women in Africa have turned to the Baobab fruit as a natural source of health and beauty for centuries.
Baobab is the only fruit in the world that dries naturally on its branch. Instead of dropping and spoiling, it stays on the branch and bakes in the sun for 6 months - transforming its green velvety coating into a hard coconut-like shell. The pulp of the fruit dries out completely. This means the fruit simply needs to be harvested, deseeded and sieved to produce a delicious pure fruit powder.
Unlike many other supplements, Baobab Powder does not have to be spray-dried, freeze-dried or transformed in any way. It is 100% pure fruit in its natural form. Incredibly, the fruit has a natural shelf live of 3 years so there are no preservatives or additives whatsoever.
Aduna Baobab Powder is one of the health and beauty world's best kept secrets. It is an extremely rich source of vitamin C, almost 50% fibre and has the highest antioxidant content of any whole fruit. The benefits of baobab include:
Baobab Fruit Powder is a raw, whole food.
Baobab is the common name of the Adansonia genus of trees, which grows in Madagascar, Africa, Australia and Arabia. The fruit is found inside hard pods that hang upside down from the tree and have a citrusy flavor.
Baobab boasts an unparalleled nutritional profile, ranking it among the most nutrient dense fruits on earth.
Nutritional breakdown of baobab Fruit
Baobab is "wild-harvested" - taken from its natural environment - and, therefore, cannot be certified organic, although in essence, it is. The fruit is dried naturally, the seeds are removed and ground into a powder that can be added to food products.
Baobab has also been used in foods as a natural preservative due to its high vitamin C, potassium and phosphorus content.
This MNT Knowledge Center feature is part of a collection of articles on the health benefits of popular foods. It provides a nutritional breakdown of baobab and an in-depth look at its possible health benefits, how to incorporate more baobab into your diet and any potential health risks of consuming baobab.
Baobab is said to have 10 times the fiber of apples, six times the vitamin C of oranges, two times the antioxidants of acai berries, two times the calcium of milk, four times the potassium of bananas, and five times the magnesium of avocados.
A 4.5g portion of baobab powder contains 12 calories and 2 grams of fiber.
Baobab fruit is high in calcium, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin A, thiamin, B6 and bioflavonoids. It also acts as a prebiotic and is high in fiber.
for 1/2 pound