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South Africa, the southern-most country on the African continent, is one of the most diverse places on the planet. Home to thousands of different species, South Africa is said to be home to as many as 10% of the known species on Earth. In the far northeast corner of South Africa, near the northern boarder with Zimbabwe and the eastern border with Mozambique, lies the stunning landscape of the Limpopo Province. It is in this area, that the vast majority of South Africa’s Baobab trees are rooted.
This is an area that dates back to the dawn of humanity.
The baobab tree has been called the primordial tree of life for thousands of years. In recent years accomplished researchers and anthropologists consider the African continent to be the origin from which mankind emerged. African Folklore speaks of how the baobab was amongst the first trees to appear on Earth. But when the tall and slender palm tree appeared, the baobab saw this graceful tree and asked to grow taller. Then the brilliant Flame Tree emerged with its bright red blossoms and the baobab became envious of its beauty and asked to bare flowers. When the baobab saw the wonderful fig tree bearing nourishing fruit appear on earth it became wistful again and prayed to bare fruit as well.
As lore has it, the universe gave the tree all it desired, but hearing enough of baobab’s discontent the universe pulled the tree up by its roots and planted it upside down just to quit its restless longing.
This colorful story truly compliments the baobab tree in that along with its unique beauty and stature, it has provided nutrient rich sustenance since the dawn of time.
The baobab tree takes many years to fruit and most of the harvest comes from trees that have been standing for one hundred years or more. The fruit pulp, which is often dried and ground into a fine powder, has the most marketable nutritional value. Notable nutrients include Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Sodium, Phosphorus, Amino Acids, Pectin, Fiber, and Vitamin C.
Organic Whole fruit baobab powder has:
More than double antioxidant level of Goji Berries, and more than six times that of cranberries, blueberries and blackberries.
Two times more calcium than milk
More iron than red meat
Four times more potassium than a banana
More magnesium than spinach
Pectin and both soluble and non-soluble dietary fibers that stimulate intestinal micro flora acting as a prebiotic.
African cultures have a long history with Baobab and have devised uses for everything from the fruit and the leaves to the seeds and the bark. The trees themselves have even been used as shelters from time to time. There is even a 5,000 year old gigantic baobab tree in nearby Modjadjiskloof that was hollowed out some 500 years ago. Today the tree, which is over 30 feet wide, has been turned into a wine cellar and pub. Bottoms up.