Baobab Tree and Baobab Fruit

baobab treeThe baobab tree (adansonia digitata) is found in many parts of Africa, and is commonly referred to as the ‘Upside Down Tree’ or the ‘Tree of Life’. Unusually, the majestic baobab tree consists of a stocky grey trunk, which can reach a circumference of 25m, and its branches give the impression of crown-like roots, which are pointed outwards into the air.

The baobab has stood aloft for generations. It is common for a tree to live for over 1,000 years and provide sustenance to local communities, who have used various parts of the tree to provide shelter, clothing, and food, as well as for medicinal purposes.

The fruit consists of a woody yellow-green shell with a velvet-like exterior coating, typically weighs around 1.5kgs and is roughly the size of a coconut. Opening the shell reveals a creamy-white coloured pulp that smothers black seeds, which are comparable to the size of coffee beans, and the fruit’s stringy-like fibres.

Moyo Baobab Oil

The seeds of the baobab fruit are cold-pressed to extract a golden-yellow coloured unrefined (crude) oil, and refined oil, both of which have strong beauty and personal care applications. These include:

    • Strong moisturising skin and hair properties; easy absorption, improves elasticity, encourages regeneration of skin cells and as a base for essential oils
    • Skin: treats dry, wrinkled skin, and protects against chapping. Can be used in suncare products
    • Scalp: protection of hair fibres, adds shine to shampoos and moisturises dry hair
    • Hands/Nails: Strengthens fingernails from breaking
    • Body: base for essential oils

Baobab oil comes highly recommended for eczema and psoriasis formulations, and has high content of vitamins A, E, and F, as well as fatty acids (Omega 6-9) and sterols.

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Muvhuyu Baobab Powder

The baobab fruit pulp, when dried and refined into a powder form can be used in a various forms of food and drink products. These include:

    • Dairy products – yoghurts, ice creams, desserts and cakes
    • Breakfast spreads, cereals, energy bars and snacks
    • Drinks – juices, flavoured drinks, smoothies, specialty teas and alcoholic
    • Health supplements

Studies have shown that baobab powder is rich in dietary fibre, calcium, antioxidants, magnesium and vitamin C, when compared to other fruits. As such, baobab powder can be used to improve the nutritional profile of end-consumer foods and beverages.

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