Baobab Benefits & Information

Latin Name

Adansonia digitata

Origin

Baobab fruit pulp is from the Baobab tree native to Central Africa

Parts Used

Fruit

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

The high nutritional content of Baobab makes a super nourishing fruit powder. Baobab is rich in potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium, and a plentiful source of vitamin C, and B vitamins. This fruit is really quite high in Vitamin C, 100 grams of Baobab fruit pulp contain up to 300 mg of vitamin C: Approximately six times more than the ascorbic acid content of one orange! Vitamin C protects the body system against free radicals; and also increases iron bioavailability and calcium absorption.

Baobab is an antioxidant, and as well as counter balancing the effects of free radicals it also has anti-inflammatory properties.

It is also good for the digestive system, as it is a good source of dietary fibre, high in digestive enzymes and has can enhance the growth and maintenance of probiotic bacteria in the gut. In this way it has been traditionally given to African babies as a first food. So it is good for people with an unbalance inflamed digestive system. The Baobab fruit pulp is used in the African countries as an effective anti-diarrhoea remedy.

IMMUNITY: Baobab is rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Has both anti-oxidant and immune-boosting properties.

DIGESTIVE: Source of dietary fibre and digestive enzymes promoting probiotic bacteria in the gut.

ENERGY BOOST: A nourishing food source giving superfruit energy boost.
 

BAOBAB FRUIT POWDER  
Nutritional Content Per 100g
Carbohydrate 75.60%
Protein 2.30%
Fat 0.27%
Vitamin C 300mg

 

Typical Use

Baobab fruit pulp powder can be easily dissolved in water, or other liquids such as fruit juice or milk, rice milk, oat milk, coconut milk. It is delicious to taste and blends well to make a fortified drink for children and adults. Traditionally in Africa it is used by pregnant women and sometimes babies for nourishment.

There is a traditional African Baobab beer called Merissa that is a fermented fruit pulp refreshing drink. Baobab can be made into a delicious drink but can also be used in food preparation. It has a high pectin content, so it can be used as a thickener in recipes. It is a natural flavour enhancer, so adds depth to any dish, sweet or savoury.

5-10 g of Fruit Pulp every day per person.

Folklore and History

Traditionally Baobab has a history of use in Africa, harvesting both the leaves and fibrous bark as a food source and to make baskets and fishing nets. However the harvesting of the fruit pulp is being encouraged by non profit organisation PhytoTrade Africa, to bring an additional source of trade to farming community’s and to protect the sustainability of the Baobab trees.

PhytoTrade Africa has signed an agreement with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to develop Baobab processing capacity and supply chains in Malawi and Mozambique. PhytoTrade helps Southern Africa’s natural products industry to achieve rapid growth while ensuring its long-term sustainability and social equity, through product and market development and supply chain development.

Baobab
Constituents

Amino acids and essential fatty acids
Minerals: Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium, Zinc,
Manganese, Vitamins: Vit. C, Vit A, Vit B1-B2-B6, Vit PP
Carbohydrates: glucose, fructose, saccarose, maltose, soluble polysaccharides,
Starch, Dietary soluble and insoluble fibres.