10 things you didn’t know about the Baobab fruit

10 things to know about baobab

  1. The Baobab fruit has more antioxidants that acai or goji berries.  It blows nearly every other superfood out of the water according to its ORAC score.  This heavy hitter also has potassium, magnesium, calcium, and Vitamin C.
  2. How to pronounce Baobab. There is no agreed to pronunciation. Even in Africa where it’s grown, people pronounce it differently.  The most common pronunciations are: Bow-bob, Bow-bab, Bay-o-bob, and Bay-o-bab.  Try them out and pick your favorite.
  3. It’s super alkaline. For our bodies to function optimally, we should make sure that we have an alkaline PH blood level.  How do we do this? By eating highly alkaline foods.  Baobab is one of the highest alkaline foods available with a a PRAL rating of -52.
  4. It’s an amazing source of dietary fiber and vitamin C.  One serving (~two tablespoons) has 25% of your daily recommended value of Vitamin C and 24% of your daily recommended dietary fiber.
  5. And…it acts as a prebiotic.  That is not a typo.  You’ve heard of probiotics, but just as important are prebiotics which help that good bacteria grow in your gut.  The fiber in the baobab fruit has prebiotic properties.
  6. The Baobab tree is one one of the most gnarly trees you have ever seen.  Also known as the “tree of life”, it looks like it’s been torn out of the ground and turned upside down.  And some of the trees are so big that they have been carved out and have bars inside of them.
  7. The tree is grown in the poorest areas of Africa.  Baobab trees grow in the driest areas in Africa, which are usually also the poorest areas.  Income opportunities are scarce and harvesting Baobab can provide the people who live in these areas the funds to improve their quality of life.
  8. It’s harvested sustainably.  When the fruit is ripe, it falls to the ground and is picked up by harvesters.  No damage is done to the tree.  In fact, certain practices that harm the tree (like shaving the bark to create rugs) are prohibited in the areas that harvest Baobab fruit for income.  So harvesting the fruit actually helps save the trees.
  9. Cyclists and other athletes love it. Whether it’s the antioxidants or the other vitamins and minerals, athletes adding Baobab to their diets are enjoying increased energy and lessened recovery times.  Ironman Matt White says.  “I used baobab in all my smoothies in training leading up to the Ironman race.  It provided sustained energy throughout the day, even after intense workout sessions.”
  10. How to eat it. The fruit comes in raw, powdered form.  It’s ready to add to smoothies, salad dressings, on oatmeal, to anything chocolate and more.  Its sweet and tangy taste pairs amazingly with honey..

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