Baobab Powder

Short Description

Baobab is grown throughout Africa where the plant is known as the “tree of life” because it can provide shelter, clothing, food and water to humans and animals in the area. The tree thrives in areas with poor soils and arid climates and is completely barren for nine months of the year, resembling roots growing into the sky. The conditions the tree grows in allows the fruit to be high in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and other beneficial nutrients.

Process

Baobab trees are grown throughout Africa, usually as solitary individuals and thrive in poor soil and dry environments. The tree can grow up to 82 feet in height and the trunks can grow as wide as 46 ft in diameter. The root span is wider than the trees height and allow the tree to live is such arid climates. It can take up to 200 years for the tree to produce fruit and only start producing it when it reaches a certain size. For about nine months of the year, the tree is leafless and looks like branches growing into the sky. Between the months of October and December the tree bear leaves and large white flowers about 5 inches in diameter. Bats pollinate the flowers when they open and within 24 hours they fall off the tree. When the fruit is ready for harvesting, the pulp hardens into dry bread like chunks and tastes like an acidic cross between a grapefruit, pear and vanilla. After the fruit has been collected, any broken/cracked fruit is removed and the exterior is scrubbed and cleaned.

The processing stage is very minimal and could be automated but allows the community to preserve indigenous skills. After the fruit is cleaned, each fruit is cracked open by hand and the powdery fruit pulp is separated from the seeds. All the powder is then milled and sifted multiple times through a fine mesh screen and then vacuum packed into bags.

Use

Baobab is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, potassium and calcium, and also has antioxidant benefits. It is commonly used to promote digestive health and to help balance blood sugar levels. Mix baobab into fruit juice or use in smoothies, or sprinkle over cereal or yogurt.

Source

The Republic of Benin is a longitudinal country in West Africa, situated east of Togo and west of Nigeria. Baobab trees have grown indigenously for thousands of years here, predominantly in the dry, hot savannahs where their sovereign presence dominates the landscape.

Benin

VarietyAdansonia digitata
OriginBenin

Certifications

Typical nutrition per 100g

calories325.81
Calories from Fat4.05
Total Fat0.45g
Saturated Fat0g
Trans Fat0g
Cholesterol0mg
Sodium1.02mg
Potassium2020mg
Total Carbohydrate787.4g
Dietary Fiber51.8g
Total Sugars20g
Protein2.04g
Vitamin A0IU
Vitamin C75.15mg
Calcium334mg
Iron9.08mg