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African Chef scoops awards with Baobab Chilli Jam!

African Chef scoops awards with Baobab Chilli Jam!

This year was the Tenth annual Devon Food & Drink Awards and EcoProducts congratulates Malcolm of The African Chef for winning both Best Newcomer and Best New product for their Baobab Chilli Jam.  Excellent news for you, Malcolm and thank you for all you do spreading the word about Baobab fruit!

Bioprospecting – what does it mean?

Bioprospecting – what does it mean?

What is a bioprospecting permit?  And why is EcoProducts Bioprospecting permit such a big deal? On the 12 November 2013, EcoProducts was issued with a Bioprospecting permit from the South Africa Department of Environment Affairs. So what, you may ask, is this all about? South Africa has introduced laws that make it illegal to harvest […]

Honey for Sugar

Honey for Sugar

A reader asks:" Why do you need to add water to the jam recipe and can I replace the sugar with honey?"   Baobab fruit powder pectin and fruit acids making it an ideal fruit for making jam. (Baobab jam tastes a bit like apricot jam.)  However, unlike most fruits which have a wet pulp, baobab has […]

Baobab Flowers Fine Art: Gill Condy

Baobab Flowers Fine Art: Gill Condy

What an honor and a delight spending time with Gillian Condy sketching baobab flowers under the boughs of the baobab trees in Limpopo.  Gill is South Africa’s foremost botanical artist and works for the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) as a resident botanical artist.  Her award-winning works are world famous and include a plate in Highgrove Florilegium, […]

Festive, fruity and fun: baobab & banana party cheese cake!

Festive, fruity and fun: baobab & banana party cheese cake!

Festive and fruity you won't go wrong with this divinely yummy baobab and banana cheesecake on your New Year's party table. Super-quick to make and no baking required, it's perfect for whipping up something homemade without having to forgo precious holiday time!  http://www.ecoproducts.co.za/recipe/baobab-and-banana-cheesecake-with-ginger-nuts-crust

Pretty pods!

Pretty pods!

Not just a highly nutrititious food, with some imagination, skill and flair look at these amazingly creative decor ideas with Baobab pods!  find them here, here and here.

Film maker Greg Cameron: do less, do it better, make it matter more

Film maker Greg Cameron: do less, do it better, make it matter more

Recently, Greg Cameron was commissioned by PhytoTrade to make a film on baobabs in which he records the stories of the baobab fruit collectors and how baobab fruit help them improve their lives. Here, Itai Chibiya, PhytoTrade's Monitoring and Research Evaluator is being filmed while being interviewed.   EcoProducts was chosen as the site for the interviews.  Sarah […]

2013 Dec: 50 new baobab babies!

2013 Dec: 50 new baobab babies!

Last month,  50 rural women harvesters attended a  baobab growing and sustainable harvesting course.  I had such fun with this, taking 50 rural women baobab fruit harvesters on a field trip from Zigodini village to Pafuri River Camp Nursery, on the banks of the Mutale River. The course was done with a mixture of practical […]

how baobab oil helps with healing scars

how baobab oil helps with healing scars

Strolling through a shopping mall in Centurion,  Mohamed’s ankle got caught by a woman’s shopping trolley.  He fell forward and hit his forehead against a ceramic tile.  The skin split open and he had to be rushed to get stitches.  ‘I got more stitches than I could count’, said Mohamed afterwards.   Once the wound had […]

Mandela: an icon of Africa for the world

Mandela: an icon of Africa for the world

Madiba's unmistakable stature as statesman, leader and human being made him visible in a way that made it possible for all to see. May his moral example be as long lived as the Baobab tree, may the memory of his wisdom serve, and be the same shade under which people have gathered in community for generations to draw inspiration for the way forward. […]

Pura-vida: made in the Limpopo, sold in Singapore

Pura-vida: made in the Limpopo, sold in Singapore

LOHASIA is a social enterprise working to educate, empower and inspire everyone to enjoy lifestyles of health and sustainability. Recently, they published an article on Kristi Mackintosh owner of Pura Vida, an online natural product store selling amongst other beauty products, EcoProducts Baobab Oil. Here's an extract from the article:  "Recognising the potential for positive impact […]

Tis Flowering Season!

Tis Flowering Season!

Tis the season to be flowering and what jolly big flowers they are too!  The flowers are the size of a saucer, measuring up to 15cm across.  They have delicate white waxy petals which pull up like a lady's skirt when curtseying for the queen!  They open as the sun sets and within 20 minutes are fully dilated, […]

EcoProducts is Awarded Bioprospecting Permit

EcoProducts is Awarded Bioprospecting Permit

During an impressive ceremony hosted by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs in Polokwane last week, EcoProducts was one of three companies who were awarded a bioprospecting permit.  The permit was handed over to Dr Sarah Venter and two community representatives, Ms Sophiah Nemutshenzheni and Ms Livhuwani Tshivhiyahuvhi by the MEC for Economic Development, […]

Beautiful Hair with Baobab from Africa Organics

Beautiful Hair with Baobab from Africa Organics

We love how the benefits of Baobab are spreading as we see more and more South African products using Baobab oil in their formulations.  Africa Organics produce a range of Baobab products for hair:  shampoo, conditioner and treatment oil.  Lela Rabie of Shop Organic wrote this of her experience using the products: “The shampoo is light […]

EcoProducts: we’re in the Healthbox SA

EcoProducts: we’re in the Healthbox SA

A few months ago, we told you about Healthbox SA which we think is such a cool concept! Each month, subscribers to Health Box SA are sent a luxurious combination of health, fitness and wellness products. Each item has been tried, tested and tasted by a panel of experts to ensure that what lands up on subscribers’ […]

What does Baobab Superfruit taste like?

What does Baobab Superfruit taste like?

It's really difficult to describe the taste of Baobab fruit powder…it's tart, a little zesty-sour, a hint of citrus, maybe lime, a tiny touch of sweet. Anyone who's tasted it will know immediately what we mean!  If you have tasted baobab powder, please do add in your own words in the comment box!  We came across this […]

The Baobab – on British TV thanks to the Eden Project

The Baobab – on British TV thanks to the Eden Project

Last month we told you about how the Baobab tree was being featured for a whole week at the Harvest Festival in Cornwall. The Eden Project which exists to "open our eyes to the wonders of nature" reckons that "the baobab fruit is one of nature's best."  They have been a given a government grant   to […]

Where did that baobab come from?

Where did that baobab come from?

There are 8 different species of Baobab trees 6 of which are native to Madagascar, one in Africa and one in Australia. There’s a lot of controversy about where the Baobab tree originated  as it’s often been assumed that Madagascar is the centre of origin because it has the most different species. This implies that […]

Le Quartier Francais & Baobab Dessert

Le Quartier Francais & Baobab Dessert

Margot Janse is the incredibly talented woman and Executive Chef at the award winning, Relais and Châteaux Le Quartier Français Hotel in Franschhoek. Here she shares with us a beautiful dessert photo where she uses Baobab powder in her recipe for Pear and Baobab Parfait with Verjus and Lemon Verbena.  Her stimulating African inspired surprise menu changes regularly […]

What’s in a name: Adansonia digitata

What’s in a name: Adansonia digitata

The latin name, Adansonia digitata, was given to the baobab by Carl Linneaus.  He named the baobab after the a French naturalist Michel Adanson.  Adanson was posted to Senegal in 1749 to research the natural resources of the area. He was blown away by his first sight of a baobab describing it as "a forest […]