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The Baobab Tree provides myriad useful products for human consumption and utility.  During the rainy season, the young leaves are used as a nutritious and delicious vegetable.  In the Atacora region of Benin, they are cooked into a sauce in combination with traditional “mustard” made from the fermented seeds of the Nere tree (Parkia biglobosa).  The sauce is very sticky, like okra, and is eaten with porrige made from sorghum, millet or corn.Baobab fruit are ovoid with a hard, brittle shell covered by a fine fuzz, and can range in size from 8-15 inches long and weigh as much as a kilogram dried. When the dried fruit is cracked open, one sees whitish chunks and reddish fibers.  The chunks are the dried mesocarp surrounding the seeds.  People often just pop a chunk into their mouths where the pulp dissolves and they spit out the seeds.  The pulp has a delicious sweet/tart flavor and is like wild candy!  Traditionally, the insides of the fruit are placed in a mortar and pounded to separate the powdered pulp from the seeds and fibers, and then sieved to yield a flour-like pure powder.  This is often used in sauces and beverages, especially when people need an energy boost.  Indigenous African medicine uses it for its febrifuge (fever reducing) properties, to aid digestion due to its fiber content and to treat dysentary.Baobab Fruit Pulp is the latest and greatest superfruit!  A single 2 tbsp serving provides 80% DV of vitamin c, soluble and insoluble fiber (the pectin makes it prebiotic), calcium and other minerals.  As an antioxidant, it has an ORAC value of 650/gram, far surpassing better known superfruit such as goji, acai, and pomegranite.  AND, it actually tastes great!

Baobab Seed Oil is an extraordinary skin and hair treatment.  It contains vitamins A, D, E & F and Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids.  It absorbs easily into the skin, and glides nicely for massage.  It is highly antioxidant, and is thus well indicated for aging skin.  It improves skin elasticity, and I have friends who love it when applied to their bellies during pregnancy to help avoid stretch marks.

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