What is baobab?
The impressive huge trees can get up to 1000 years old. Every part of the tree, from the roots to its fruit, are used locally as food or medicine. Their fruits are very rich in fibre, vitamins C and B as well as calcium, potassium and iron.
For local economies in West and Central Africa their baobab yield is a very important factor. Harvesting and processing of baobab play a vital role in the economic development of villages and help fight the growing desertification in the area.
The baobab fruit provides:
- 2x more calcium than milk
- 6 x more vitamin C than oranges
- 6 x more potassium than bananas
- 2 x higher antioxidant levels than açai or goji-berries
- and is rich in thiamin and iron.