Grown only in specific tropical regions of Arabia, Australia and Africa, this amazing source of nutrition grows on the branches of the Adansonia Digitata, or Upside Down Tree. These massive structures received this nickname because for nine months of the year they are void of leaves, making it appear as if the roots are in the air. There are many great uses for all parts of this giant plant.
Reaching heights of up to ninety-eight feet and having a girth as large as thirty-six foot around, most are estimated to be 200-500 years of age. They are also commonly referred to as The Tree of Life due to the fact that virtually every part, from the hollow trunk to the bark, leaves and produce is functional. They have been used for shelter, food, water, tools, clothing and medicines by the locals for many generations.
The tree’s produce is perhaps its most versatile asset of all. Hanging like a light bulb on a stalk, being about the size of a coconut yet shaped like a slim, fuzzy watermelon, the meat inside the pods comes in firm cubes and has a taste that has been likened to a mixture of pear, grapefruit and vanilla. The powdered pulp that surrounds the chunks has many uses.
Commonly used in baked goods, juices, smoothies, nutrition bars and the like, both the meat and the pulp are credited with many beneficial attributes. They have extremely high concentrations of fiber and anti-oxidants. As if that were not impressive enough, they also contain large quantities of the B vitamins, six times as much Vitamin C as the most potent oranges and twice the calcium found in milk.
The fleshy and powdery parts house fourteen of the most important vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, potassium and calcium. The seeds are loaded with essential fatty acids which come in useful for a variety of purposes. When taken in the correct amounts, these attributes can be beneficial in a multitude of ways.
For many generations, traditional African medicinal practitioners have use the various properties found in this produce to treat many common ailments such as asthma, allergies, diarrhea, fever and the irritation from insect bites. They have also been applied for more serious infections like smallpox and malaria. The high anti-oxidant content is quite useful in the battle against conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and cancers, which all cause inflammation.
Because the concentrations in this type of produce are so high, it is recommended that a physician always be consulted prior to adding it to any diet plan. A lot of vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals may be quite beneficial, however, too much may be detrimental in some cases. Safety is always the primary consideration when choosing to add any power product to one’s regimen.