The Baobab Tree: Legend, lore, and medicinal benefits

The baobab tree is a huge, gnarly tree that looks like it’s been ripped out of the ground and turned upside down. Grown throughout Africa, the tree is treasured in its communities – as a place of shade, as a spiritual meeting place, and for the many uses of its fruit, seeds, leaves, and bark. Some baobab trees are over 6000 years old, making them some of the oldest living plants in the world. The baobab tree holds a special place in African legends and folklore. In one story (told in many variations), the baobab was jealous of more beautiful trees, and God turned the tree upside down because of the tree’s lack of gratitu

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The baobab tree is a huge, gnarly tree that looks like it’s been ripped out of the ground and turned upside down. Grown throughout Africa, the tree is treasured in its communities – as a place of shade, as a spiritual meeting place, and for the many uses of its fruit, seeds, leaves, and bark. Some baobab trees are over 6000 years old, making them some of the oldest living plants in the world.

The baobab tree holds a special place in African legends and folklore. In one story (told in many variations), the baobab was jealous of more beautiful trees, and God turned the tree upside down because of the tree’s lack of gratitude. In another legend, the hyena was given the tree as a gift, and ended up planting it upside down.

The tree’s treasured status is also due in large part to its many nutritional benefits. In traditional medicine, the baobab fruit pulp has been used for thousands of years to reduce fevers, to treat pain, to fight infection, as an anti-inflammatory, and to treat diarrhea and dysentery. It has also been used, historically, to treat measles and smallpox. Recent studies provide more evidence to support the fruit’s place as the “king of the superfoods”.

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Some of the most powerful attributes of the fruit found in studies, include:

- Antioxidants (more antioxidants of acai or goji berries)

- Anti-inflammatory properties

- Fever reducing effects

- Analgesic properties (pain relief)

- Anti-microbial properties

- Anti-viral activity

- Hepaprotective properties (protection from liver damage)

- Anti-diarrhea activity

In addition, the baobab pulp is a source of vitamin C (25% DV in one serving), dietary fiber, magnesium, and potassium.

Want to try out the this fruit from the “tree of life?” Try out our 100% Organic Baobab Fruit Pulp, with free shipping (for a limited time). Find recipes for smoothies and more at http://bumblerootfoods.com/category/recipes/.

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Source of attribute information:

“A review of baobab (Adansonia digita) products: Effect of processing techniques, medicinal properties & uses”, Kabore.


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The African Philosophy that has the Power to Change Lives

In Southern Africa, there is a beautiful concept called Ubuntu…. It has been translated as “I am, because you are,” “I am; because of you,” or “I am what I am because of who we all are.” Ubuntu represents the interconnectedness of humans and the communities in which we live and thrive.  We are who we are because of other people.  Embracing Ubuntu means we acknowledge being part of a greater whole. At Bumbleroot, this concept is at the core of our mission. Our ingredients are expertly sourced by harvesters and farmers around the world who a

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In Southern Africa, there is a beautiful concept called Ubuntu….

It has been translated as “I am, because you are,” “I am; because of you,” or “I am what I am because of who we all are.”

Ubuntu represents the interconnectedness of humans and the communities in which we live and thrive.  We are who we are because of other people.  Embracing Ubuntu means we acknowledge being part of a greater whole.

At Bumbleroot, this concept is at the core of our mission.

Our ingredients are expertly sourced by harvesters and farmers around the world who are committed to sustainable practices that will leave the world a better place for all of us

We are committed to paying these harvesters and farmers a fair wage so that they can support their families and contribute to their communities

We reinvest a portion of our revenues into our supplying communities to strengthen their communities and our supply chain, and

Our products are nutritious and made from real, pronounceable ingredients – helping you live your best life so that you can help others live their best lives.

What does Ubuntu mean to you?

To learn more:

Watch this TEDTalk by South African Safari guide Boyd Varty to learn more about Ubuntu and his memories of Nelson Mandela who embodied the concept and gave us the power to recognize and understand that each of us is responsible for the well being of ourselves and of others.

http://new.ted.com/talks/boyd_varty_what_i_learned_from_nelson_mandela

About Bumbleroot:

Bumbleroot creates healthy and delicious beverages and snacks that include unique, sustainably-sourced superfood ingredients from around the world.  Our first product is a Coconut Water and Baobab Drink Mix that provides everyday hydration, antioxidants, and nutrients in a convenient pocket-sized pouch.  Learn more about us at: bumblerootfoods.com

Baobab is an African superfruit with more antioxidants than acai or goji berries.  It’s also a source of Vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium and is one of the most alkaline foods available.


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