THE HISTORY OF BAOBAB FOOD
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The History Of Our Baobab Powder
When we visited my wife’s grandmother on her remote farm in southern Tanzania, east Africa, we ran out of breakfast cereal.
She suggested making a local porridge mixed with baobab powder harvested organically from her farm.
This baobab porridge was a traditional meal and was used especially during periods of long drought, when all other crops failed.
I was hooked- baobab powder was a part of my diet and the idea for Baobab Food was born!
The Early Years
We went on to running a boutique beach hotel on the shores of the Indian Ocean and all our breakfast smoothies and porridge always contained baobab powder all from the farm.
Baobab was now being touted as a superfood in Europe and more and more of our guests started taking some back home with them.
The high vitamin and nutrient content of the baobab was now making it a popular organic additive.
The Business Starts
We sent our first 5 kilo shipment of pure baobab powder to an Australian health shop in 2012
Although the baobab on the farm was over 800 years old it could not supply all the powder we required and we started working with villages throughout southern Tanzania to harvest the fruit.
We also began developing new baobab products including baobab oil, baobab soap and baobab tea all of which were a hit at our hotel
Baobab Food are now proud to export our products to the UK and sell them through this website – buying here direct from us the supplier allows you to save
Our product range has expanded now to include baobab powder, baobab oil, baobab tea, baobab soap and baobab capsules.
All our products are delivered to your door by first class post.
We have worked with over 30 small villages in Tanzania and all have been involved with the harvesting and production of baobab fruit.
All these villages have problems associated with poverty; our main focus is on primary education and so we started the Mbuyu (KiSwahili for Baobab) Project.
Through the Mbuyu Project, Baobab Food work with various NGOs in southern Tanzania and we donate 10% of all our profits to education organisations
The Mighty Baobab Tree
The mighty baobab tree from where we get our baobab powder is a native of many areas around the world but it is in Africa where it found a home. The baobab tree has always been used extensively in many areas. Across Africa, the baobab tree is native to over 30 countries with others having introduced it in the recent past. Madagascar has a number of varieties but all other African countries have the Adansonia digitata species only.
The baobab tree is not just an affirmer of life and enormous; it’s large enough to spot from very far on any horizon. In Namibia and one of the driest of places in Africa where the baobab is found, there is a baobab tree with a diameter of 36 meters.
The immense benefits of the baobab have made inroads in the western world. Ostensibly, the fruits of the baobab tree are believed to offer nutritional, health, diet, wellness and medicinal benefits in its raw or manufactured form in products such as chocolate and juices, among others.
But there is something about the baobab that has withstood the test of time making it a mystery gigantic tree with its own myths and stories. Baobab does not have rings and determining its age is another matter. It’s believed to live between half a millennium and five millennia. In a continent where the elders are revered, the baobab is definitely one of the elder plants still alive and when it dies, drums are played in mourning, especially in such countries as Burkina Faso, a rite reserved only for the revered of chiefs.
Why the huge interest in a harsh dry region growing tree that stocks water up to 26,000 gallons in its lifetime? Crack the greenish pods from the baobab and inside is a white baobab fruit considered a nutrients powerhouse. In Africa, the baobab tree products have been consumed for millennia, but in the western part of the world they mostly appear in cereal bars and smoothies among other foods.
The leaves of the baobab are consumed with relish while the fruit once dissolved in water or milk forms a unique traditional drink similar to baobab tea. Baobab seeds also provide edible oil beyond the fact that they can be eaten roasted or raw. The leaves, including the bark and the fruit are extensively used in the treatment of medical complications such as kidney diseases. Across Africa, the fruit of the baobab has been used extensively in dealing with deficiencies of vitamin C, gastrointestinal issues to malaria and fevers.
In 2008, FDA received a submission to the effect that baobab dry fruit is generally recognised as safe (GRAS) and forthwith approved the use of the fruit in blended fruits drinks and fruit cereal bars in September 2010. The approval of the baobab fruit powder and its related products in both the EU and United States comes at the backdrop of extensive scientific research for decades.
Across the UK and the United States, the citrus flavoured tangy fruit and other baobab tree products was unknown until the benefits went mainstream. Baobab tree products, particularly the fruit are highly endowed with vitamin C while the integral antioxidant level of pulp from the baobab fruit was found to be ten times more than orange pulp’s.
Its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties have also been described as critical in beverage applications as an efficient prebiotic ingredient. The fruit pulp as well as the seeds of the baobab tree has also been studied and excellent magnesium, calcium and potassium levels found; baobab fruit is being used as a natural calcium supplementation for the elderly, children, breastfeeding and pregnant women.
As a result of its high nutritional value, baobab tree products, from the leaves, seeds to the fruit are endowed with crucial health benefits. The baobab fruit is rich in vitamin C, which help the body to create elastin and collagen, structural proteins that leave the skin healthy and youthful looking. Its high antioxidant levels make the fruit the best to deal with fine lines and wrinkles appearing on the skin by neutralising unstable molecules, atoms and free radicals stopping them from damaging body cells.
The body requires minerals to synergistically and independently carry out diverse functions in the body. Baobab fruit mineral concentration is one of its kind with such minerals as zinc, calcium, copper, sodium, iron, potassium and magnesium. For those who want a quick way to take baobab then baobab powder capsules are well thought off.
Clinical studies have also been done to ascertain the efficacy of baobab solution in the treatment and prevention of acute infant dehydration during diarhoea. The study found out that the use of the solution from the Adansonia digitata or baobab was found to have extra advantages culturally, economically and nutritionally and recommended for use at home.
Weight loss has always been an issue and the products of the baobab tree can help. Baobab fruit pulp and so baobab powder contains lots of vitamin C effective in carnitine production, a compound needed to compel the body to transform fat into energy in contrast with storing it in the body. Baobab fruit also has an effect on glycemic response and digestion of starch, which can help obese and overweight individuals reduce their body weight especially using specialist baobab powder recipes.
Cardiovascular health highly depends on vitamin C, naturally occurring in baobab fruits. An intake of the vitamin lessens the onslaught of varicose veins. Baobab fruit pulp also contains hepatoprotective properties through beta amyrin palmintate, ursolic acid, beta sitosterol and triterpenoids, protecting the liver against damage.
Managing blood sugar levels has always been a problem. A study however suggested that baobab fruit extracts can help in the formulation of functional foods. The glycemic response of consuming white break is significantly lowered by taking beverages containing baobab such as baobab tea.
Such effects are connected to baobab’s high content of polyphenol and fibre. Also, addition of baobab fruit pulp to normal white bread was found to reduce digestible starch from white bread. Release of sugar and breakdown of starch went down with the addition of baobab powder in bread.