Muvhuyu Baobab Powder
Product Name: Muvhuyu Baobab Oil
Organic Status: Organic certified
INCI: Adansonia digitata fruit pulp powder
Packaging: 10kg net – sealed foil pack, in a cardboard box
Country of Manufacture: South Africa
Areas of Sourcing: South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Sudan
Botanical and Traditional Context
The 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.
The baobab fruit pulp is a delicacy amongst African communities, either consumed directly from the pod, mixed with water to produce a refreshing beverage, or with milk as a nutritious drink. Also the pulp is commonly found in soups and porridge.
The word muvhuyu means baobab in the African language of Venda, which is spoken in the northern parts of South Africa and southern Zimbabwe – one of our sourcing regions.
Application and Properties
Mother Nature has packed the baobab fruit with nutritional goodness and wellness benefits, hailing the baobab fruit pulp as a genuine ‘superfood’.
|Property||Application & Benefit|
|Over 50% of total dietary fibre and more than 4-times than of other fruits such as apples and peaches.||• Maintains a healthy digestive system, and provides ‘gut’ health benefits|
• Lowers blood cholesterol.
|Pectin content of more than 50g/100g.||• Functions as a pre-biotic to promote the growth of certain beneficial bacteria.|
|Calcium levels 3-times than of a glass of milk, and more than 4-times than of fruits such as apricots and blueberries.||• Supports the formation of string bones and teeth|
• Used as a treatment for indigestion.
|Antioxidant levels 1.5-times than of goji berries.||• Reduces risk of heart disease.|
|Magnesium content 1.5-times than of bananas.||• Supports energy metabolism and muscle function.
• Reduces symptoms of chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia.
• Maintains ‘body balance’, avoids illness, perform well under stress and promotes a general state of good health and wellbeing.
|Vitamin C content higher than oranges, kiwi, and strawberries.||• Protects cells, and improves immune system.|
• Guards against heart disease, prevents asthma and certain cancers, and maintains healthy blood sugar levels in diabetics.
|Zero fat content||• Supports low fat dietary requirements.|
As a dry fruit and acidic in nature, baobab fruit powder can stay fresh for a minimum of 2 years due to the low possibility of attracting bacteria. (Subject to appropriate storage conditions)
Physiochemical Characteristics (from Production)
|Physical state at 20ºC||A fine off-white-coloured dehydrated powder, with a light characteristic odour and tangy taste.|
|Particle size (microns)||Less than 106|
|Moisture – loss on drying (g/100g)||11.1 – 12.0|
|Protein (g/100g)||2.03 – 3.24|
|Fat (g/100g)||0.4 – 0.7|
|Ash (g/100g)||5.5 – 6.6|
|Total Carbohydrate (g/100g)||78.3 – 78.9|
|Total Sugars (as glucose) (g/100g)||16.9 – 25.3|
|Sodium (mg/100g)||7.42 – 12.2|
|Foreign matter (%)||Less than 0.2%|
Formulation and Usage
Baobab fruit powder is an exotic ingredient, easy to handle, and has a variety of uses as an ingrediant, or functional food and beverage ingredient. The following are examples of how our customers have used Muvhuyu Baobab Powder.
|Dietary Supplement||• Packed in tubs and sachets for daily consumption|
• Nutraceutical formulations
|Pre-biotic||• Digestion relief and ‘gut’ cleansing formulations|
|Drinks||• Rehydration, energy and health drinks|
|Food Ingredient||• Dairy: ice-creams, desserts and puddings|
• Snacks: biscuits, crunch bars, fruit bars
• Baking: cakes, muffins
• Condiments: jams, salad dressings, chutneys
|Beverage Ingredient||• Soft drinks, smoothies, syrups/concentrates, speciality teas|
|Food Fortifier||• Pre-mixes: porridge, breakfast cereals, toddler formulations|
|Thickening Agent and Stabilisation||• Sauces, marinades|
|Animal Nutrition||• Pet foods, farming feeds|
|Hygiene||• Soaps and shampoos|
|Personal Care||• Facial and body scrubs|
Please contact us to obtain further product information or request a sample.