You somehow found your way here, so you must have some interest in learning – What is Baobab? Well, let’s jump right in and give you some answers…
Baobab Is A Tree
When some people talk about Baobab, they are talking about the Baobab tree. Of course, Baobab Tree is not the scientific name, no that would be Adansonia Digitata. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Don’t worry about it, no one really calls the Baobab Tree Adansonia Digitata. We find it easier to go with one of the nicknames – The Upside Down Tree, The Monkey Bread Tree or my favorite – The Tree of Life.
Why The Tree of Life? Well, Baobab trees are some of the oldest trees on the planet. Many of the Baobab trees are over 500 years old and some are believed to be over 1,000 years old. In addition, many cultures believe that the Baobab tree and the Baobab fruit have almost magically powers over life and health. More on this point later…
The Baobab Tree grows in Africa, Australia and Madagascar. The tree has a massive trunk, which can reach up to 75 feet in diameter. The Baobab Tree does not have rings, so dating the trees can be a challenge. Just based on the size, scientist believe that the oldest Baobab trees are close to 1,000 years old.
Baobab is A Fruit
I’ll give you one guess on what fruit grows on the Baobab Tree? Yep, coconuts! No, just kidding, of course it is the Baobab Fruit that grows on the Baobab Tree. The Baobab Fruit does have some similarities to the Coconut – both have a hard outer shell. The Baobab fruit is about the size of a small coconut, but more long in shape.
Once you crack the Baobab Fruit open you find the hard Baobab Fruit pulp and Baobab seeds. The Baobab pulp is some what like coconut pulp – you can scoop it out with a spoon. The interesting thing about Baobab Pulp is that if you leave it in the shell, it will naturally dehydrate. Just mill or grind the Baobab pulp and you are left with Baobab powder. More on Baobab powder later, but the Baobab Fruit is one of the only fruits that can be turned into a powder without any heat or extraction process.
Baobab Is Nutritious And Healthy
Now that you have learned what Baobab is, you are probably wondering – What Could Baobab Do For Me? It turns out that the Baobab Fruit is one of the healthiest foods on the planet! Take a look at this -
- Baobab Fruit Powder Has An ORAC of Over 1,400 per gram
- ORAC is used to measure the antioxidant levels in foods
- Baobab Fruit has more than DOUBLE the antioxidant levels of Acai and Goji berries
- More Than 6 times the antioxidant levels of Cranberries, Blueberries and Pomegranates
- More Than 6 times the Potassium of a Banana
- More Than 6 times the Vitamin C of Oranges
- Baobab Fruit is 50% Heart Healthy Fiber
- Ounce for Ounce, As Much Magnesium As Coconut Water
- Twice as Much Calcium as Milk
Pretty incredible for a small fruit that grows in Africa.
How Do You Get Baobab Fruit In The US?
Unfortunately, you don’t! Finding fresh Baobab Fruit, still in the shell, is not easy here in the USA, but there is a good alternative. Organic Baobab Fruit Supplements can supply all the nutrition of the Baobab fruit, in an easy to use powder.
Wait, I know, most supplements are not as good as the fresh fruit. What makes Baobab Fruit Powder so interesting is that it is not processed in any way. No heat, no freeze drying, no extraction – the Baobab Fruit Powder is made just by cracking open the Baobab Fruit shell, removing the seeds and then milling or grinding the Pulp into powder. The key is, the Organic Baobab Fruit powder has all the nutrients of the fresh Baobab Fruit.
Are All Baobab Fruit Powders and Supplements The Same?
NO! Unfortunately, there are plenty of Baobab supplements that are treated with heat, extracted and mixed with less expensive ingredients. You really want to find a 100% Organic Baobab Fruit powder that has not been been heated or processed in any way and has a lab assay to show the nutrients in the finished product.
Don’t Worry We Are Here To Help!
Sorry, that was a lot to hit you with, right from the start. Well, now that you know what Baobab is, we are not going to leave you high and dry! The whole point of this site is to educate about the Baobab Fruit and help consumers find the best possible Baobab Fruit products on the market.
UPDATE: We have tried and LOVED the 100% Organic Limitless Baobab Fruit Powder. Give it a try, it is the best Baobab you will find outside of Africa!
Much more to come, but also feel free to email us with any questions!