A Burst of Baobab For Breakfast

Baobab.  Ever heard of it? I vaguely remembered that it was something that looked like a coconut and came from the ‘upside down tree’.  I had no idea it was edible until I met the lovely people at Phytotrade Africa.

They are a not for profit organisation who represent the natural products industry in Southern Africa. These are products derived from plants indigenous to Southern Africa and include foods, drinks, oils and ingredients used by the food and cosmetics industries.  Honestly they are really small but passionate so if you can support them, please do.

Baobab – The tree of life

Baobab is one of the fruits that they represent. It grows on the ‘Tree of Life’, as it’ s sometimes known, and is perhaps the best known tree in Africa.  Branches are usually bare of leaves for much of the year and reminiscent of a root system, which is where the name, ‘The Upside Down Tree’ comes from.

It belongs to its own botanical family – the Bombacaceae and is known to live to over 1,000 years.  Some specimens are even thought to be as old as 3,000 years!

There are so many ways to use every part of this wonderful ‘tree of life’.  The fruit powder is mixed into water with sugar to make a sherbet-like drink. It can also be a fermenting agent in traditional brews.

The fruit itself has a hard, woody shell with a velvety yellow-green coating. Inside the shell are the large oil-rich seeds, the fruit powder and fibres.  Here’s a little video all about it.

Nutritionally superior

African people have been eating baobab for centuries to boost their health and it’s now been hailed as the next superfood to hit Europe.  Apparently it has more like for like Vitamin C than an orange, more iron than spinach and provides 33% of your RDA of fibre.

I was kindly sent some Baobab Jam and powder to try and was pleasantly surprised.  The jam is curd like in consistency and gorgeous on toast and with scones.  Because of the health benefits I have been using the powder in milkshakes and over cereal to give an extra nutritional boost.

A small jar that packs a nutritional punch

Perfect to start your day with 

Phytotrade Africa launched The Better Breakfast campaign this week to help educate and inspire us all on the benefits of having a good, healthy breakfast.  You can find some of my recipes on their very informative website as well as places where you can buy this amazing superfood somewhere near you (UK only at the moment).

There are lots of events taking place all over the country from The Eden Project to London’s Richmond Park so do get involved and support this farming community.

15 responses to “A Burst of Baobab For Breakfast

  1. I tried a baobob ice cream at Eden Project in Cornwall during our summer trip a few months ago but have never tried baobob in any other format. Very interesting.

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  2. I am looking forward to seeing you and trying some baobab this weekend! Thanks for the links & nutrition info.

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  3. Lovely. Even the word baobab reminds me of a fantastic road trip around Zimbabwe many moons ago! I was told to try it as it tasted like cream of tartar but I thought it more citrusy!

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  4. So interesting!! I’ve never tried or even recall hearing of baobab…I love a good jam, so must look out for it. Thanks for the video link too x

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  5. Hey! It was lovely to meet you today! We used to eat baobab fruit all the time back in Mombasa. We called them ‘bunya’. Still remember they we’re my favourite!

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  7. That truly was an amazing jam, really lovely with the oats!

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    • Thanks Regula. I’m rather addicted to it and it really does work well in Bircher Muesli doesn’t it! Lovely to finally meet you by the way. see you again soon :-) xx

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