Baobab (Adansonia Digitata) fruit has already exploded onto the markets in Asia and Europe, and is a prime new ingredient for the US market, given its unique functional health properties. Baobab fruit has a citrusy flavor and boasts more vitamins and minerals than we typically find in oranges, bananas and even blackcurrants. In additional to its potent micronutrient profile, baobab has been confirmed to act as a prebiotic, and its high percentage of fiber by weight makes it a well-rounded ingredient for numerous food applications (see further below).
Baobab fruit grows natively in Africa. Some baobab fruit trees are reported to be up to 1000 years of age and often times the tree is referred to as the “Ancient Tree of Life”. The trunks can store greater than 30,000 gallons of water which help the trees survive long drought conditions. The fruit is found inside hard pods that hang upside down from the tree.
Traditionally, the baobab fruit is used to create a delicious, tangy health drink which is especially popular among pregnant women, children and the elderly. In various parts of East Africa, the dry fruit pulp is covered in sugary coating (usually with red coloring) and sold in packages as a sweet and sour candy called “umbuyu”.
The seeds are mostly used as a thickener for soups, but may also be fermented into a seasoning, roasted for direct consumption, or pounded to extract oil. The tree also provides a source of fiber, dye, and fuel. The dry pulp is either eaten fresh or used to add to gruels on cooling after cooking – a good way of preserving the vitamin contents. In Tanzania, it is added to aid fermentation of sugar cane for beer making.
- revitalises and invigorates (high in Vitamin C and malic acid, which have strong energy-yielding properties)
- boosts the immune system (vitamin C and prebiotic fibres help boost your immune system)
- promotes a healthy digestive system
- healthy nervous system (high in potassium, essential for the nervous system)
- optimises iron uptake (Vitamin C in conjunction with iron is particularly effective for increasing iron in your body)
Recommended intake: 1 one teaspoon a day is all you need – or two if you like a thicker drink – to add great flavor and a cornucopia of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to your diet.
Serving size: 1 tablespoon (5 g)
992 kJ/239 kcal
oviny / Protein
< 0,1 g
2270 mg (113,5 %)*
36,75 mg (262,5 %)*
232 mg (290 %)*
* Reference intake
** Occurs only in natural sodium form
Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool, dark and dry place. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose. There is no substitute for a varied diet. Not for children under 3 years of age, pregnant and nursing women.
|Weight including packaging||130 g|
|Country of Origin:||Malawi|
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