The Baobab Tree

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The Tree of Life

The Baobab tree has many names, one is ‘The Tree of Life’. Baobab is capable of providing shelter, clothing, food, wood and water for human inhabitants and animals of the African Savannah regions. The cork-like bark or huge stem is fire resistant and is used for making cloth and rope. The leaves are used as condiments and medicines. The Baobab fruit, sometimes called ‘monkey bread’, rich in vitamin C and eaten by African locals.

The Baobab’s famous silhouette has become legendary, and is sometimes referred to as ‘the upside-down tree’. It has unusual root-like branches which are seasonally devoid of foliage. Baobabs are found throughout Africa including Senegal, Madagascar, African Savannah regions, and now seeds have traveled to India, Australia and other parts of the world.

The trees produce fruit as unique as the baobab tree itself. The baobab fruit may be round or oval shaped and has a fury coating around a hard woody shell that shields a number of seeds rich in citric acid and oil, embedded in a whitish, powdery-soft and nutritious pulp.

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