Wonderfood: Baobab

The tree that reminds us all of The Lion King, and its fruit packs one heck of a nutritious punch.

Food Mar 2, 2021

What is Baobab?

The superfood that comes from Africa's 'Tree of Life', Baobab (known as 'monkey fruit') is also found in Australia and the Middle East.  Reaching up to 98 feet tall, their trunks are 80% water and the tree provides nourishment and shelter for its surrounding animals and insects. Baobab trees can live for more than 1000 years, with the oldest recording of 2500 years.

Baobab trees

What's in it?

Baobab fruit is football-shaped and about 6-8 inches long. It’s the only fruit in the world that naturally dries on the branch — a process that takes about 6 months.

The creamy pulp is removed by splitting open the 3 pound pod with a hammer or large knife, and yields a tart, citrus flavor.

This superfruit is packed with nutrition, polyphenols, as well as more antioxidants than blueberries, goji berries pomegranate and acai.

  • Vitamin C (7-10 times more than oranges)
  • Fiber (30 times more than lettuce)
  • Magnesium (5 times more than avocados)
  • Potassium (6 times more than bananas)
  • Calcium (2 times more than cow’s milk)

What else is in it for me?

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Improves digestive health
  • Increases iron absorption
  • Great for the skin
  • Reduces inflammation

Ways to eat Baobab

The pulp and seeds of baobab fruit are edible, but because freshly grown baobab fruit is difficult to find throughout much of the world, the seeds and pulp are ground and sold in a powder, which is used often in vegan and gluten-free baking/cooking.

Where to find it

Buy Terrasoul Baobab


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