Baobab fruit is a cornucopia of essential vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants which support a healthy immune system
This well-known tree has many documented references to it in the journals of early travellers and foreign explorers to the region, many of whom left inscriptions on its massive trunk which can still be seen today. The tree even served as an unofficial post office for these 19th-century explorers.
Baobab seeds are relatively large,but it’s not an impossibility that that germinating Baobab seedlings could use the manure buried by dung beetles to boost the growth of its first few shoots!
Champion trees are nationally listed individual trees which are exceptional examples of their species because of their enormous size, great age, rarity or historical significance. One of the South African champion trees is the Sagole Baobab Tree, located in Vendaland, Limpopo Province, with a trunk diameter of 10.47 metres. It may not be the stoutest of […]
Baobab powder has FOUR times the amount of vitamin c than oranges! Nutritional therapist Sunette from Cape Town says: “I have really enjoyed using Baobab superfruit powder – I add it to my breakfast smoothies and it adds a lovely tangy flavour that works well with banana, pineapple or mango based smoothies. I love that it is a natural source […]
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient and antioxidant found in abundance in Baobab fruit powder. Baobab powder has nearly 4 times more Vitamin C than oranges, and has one of the highest antioxidant ratings. Because Vitamin C can’t be stored in our bodies it’s necessary to consume it on a daily basis. Baobab powder contains 4 times Vitamin C than oranges.
Magnesium is required in over 350 essential biochemical reactions and is necessary for energy metabolism, muscle and heart function, a healthy nervous system and bone density. Magnesium plays a significant role in the prevention of diabetes and osteoporosis as well as a host of other conditions such as hypertension, chronic fatigue and insomnia. Baobab powder is an excellent source of magnesium as it contains twice as much magnesium as dark leafy greens.
Potassium is both a mineral and an electrolyte. As a mineral it works towards maintaining healthy muscle function including the heart. As an electrolyte, it assists with conducting nerve impulses and is important for kidney health, helping to regulate the amount of water in your body, the blood pH levels, working closely with sodium to manage blood pressure. Baobab powder is an excellent source of potassium containing 6 times as much potassium as bananas.
Baobab fruit is Africa’s true superfruit! Baobab powder contains high levels of Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and dietary fibers. These minerals all exist in a naturally balanced relationship within the fruit. Our diets require these minerals to boost our health and vitality, thus making baobab powder an excellent source.
The reason EcoProducts exists is to celebrate the Baobab tree – not only for its many gifts – but also simply because it’s beautiful. We’ve found some gorgeous images of Baobab Trees to share with you.
The area where baobabs are found is usually very arid and the climate not easy to grow crops in. Many of the harvesters with whom I work have fields around their villages where they do dry-land cropping for food and to supplement income. Dry-land cropping means that there is no irrigated water to the fields […]
I always get excited when I see baobab seedlings emerging from the earth near or under the baobab trees. It shows that the seeds are viable and that the weather was perfect. Unfortunately their survival is very slim because of the harsh climate they need to survive in and because they are simply too delicious […]
Up to 70% of hairdressers will suffer some form of skin damage at some stage in their career. The main causes of work-related contact dermatitis in hairdressers are exposure to some of the chemicals present in hairdressing products and frequent wet work, including shampooing and rinsing. Rykie, a hairdresser in Bloemfontein says: "I have suffered […]
One of the wonderful things about my job is that it is so varied, from production, to resource monitoring to community friendships. Our relationship with the harvesters starts with the headman in each village. I have had a relationship with some of the village headmen for over 10 years now. I always love visiting […]
One of the villages where some of our harvesters live has a little crèche which is so needed while mothers go out to work. Yet they have so very little in the way of even basic resources for busy, active, growing little children. Recently on one of my monitoring trips, I was able to take some chairs […]
In November last year EcoProducts did a workshop with 50 rural women harvesters in how to grow and conserve baobabs. Each woman was given a seed and a planting bag to take home. Well, when I visited the village this week, some of the women took me to see their so- called seedlings. They had […]
We love what Adri of Plettenberg Bay has to say about using Baobab Fruit Powder: "So, what happened is that my husband and I started digging into the powder…and now we are so unbelievably hooked…I mean, we call it our 'gold dust' 🙂 … we love it, and now our smoothies are just not smoothies anymore […]
February is a wonderful time to see growing baobab fruit. They emerge from their showy white flowers in December and take six months to grow into our superfruit. In February they are still growing and the fruit are soft and green. The inside of the fruit is wet and pulpy, providing an ideal environment for […]
Last week I did my annual baobab fruit monitoring trip where I gather research information on a spcecific population of 40 baobab trees. This year I am looking at how much fruit each tree produces each year and how that varies from season to season and between land use types. Usually I have a field assistant whom I […]
Ida, who lives in the Karoo tells us a wonderful story of how baobab oil has helped her bone transplant wound recover, recently. She was thrilled with the way her skin responded and can't wait for the plaster on her foot to be removed so she can use it on the 3 long scars left by […]
J Pierneef was a South African landscape artist, generally considered to be one of the best of the old South African masters. According to this website, Pierneef’s painting, The Baobab Tree (painted around1934) holds the record for most expensive South African painting sold at Bonhams in 2008 for R 11.8 million! Apparently the buyer, says a Mail & Guardian archive article from 2008, was an unidentified South African […]
Baobab fruit powder is an excellent source of magnesium (offering twice as much magnesium as dark leafy greens) and is particularly rich in fibre of which 75% is soluble fibre, which is most valuable. Both magnesium and soluble fibre play significant roles in balancing blood sugar levels helping to prevent diabetes. Jack says: "A […]
Baobab Powder is an excellent source of magnesium as it contains twice as much magnesium as dark leafy greens. Marissa from Louis Trichardt says: "I have been taking magnesium tablets to stop my legs cramping. I have now switched to baobab powder and it works just as well. I also love that it is natural and includes […]
Look out for The magic of Superfoods by Peter and Beryn Daniels, their brand new book aptly called “The magic of Superfood”. The book is a delight to page through. It is beautifully illustrated by Alexis Aronson. It contains not only useful recipes on 10 selected superfoods (aloe, goji berries, chia and more), but is also very well […]
Jill from Sunnyside who does a lot of gardening, says: "I have nails that are so dry they often crack. I have been rubbing baobab oil directly onto my nails every morning and evening and they have stopped cracking and look healthier than ever!"