Organic baobab powder is made from the dried fruit of the baobab tree – a tree that’s native to the Island of Madagascar just off the coast of Southeast Africa, where some specimens are more than five thousand years old. Affectionately known as the 'tree of life', ‘boab’, ‘boaboa’, ‘tabaldi’, ‘bottle tree’, ‘upside down tree’ and even the ‘monkey bread tree’ (because the fruit is such a favourite with baboons), many consider the baobab to be scared and believe that its branches, which resemble roots, point to the sky in order to receive heavenly wisdom and strength. The baobab tree is one of the largest trees on our planet, with trunks reaching some 11 meters in diameter. And it’s arguably one of the most versatile – the tree’s distinctive fruit is used to fashion musical instruments, both its bark and fruit are used to create jams, butter and cosmetic products, and in the dry season its trunk, which can collect a huge amount of rainwater (up to 120,000 litres), is used as a valuable source of water.
The fruit of the baboab is comparable in size to a coconut, boasts a silky smooth skin and possesses an exotic flavour that’s often likened to a blend of grapefruit, pear and vanilla. Dried and processed at low temperatures, organic baobab powder is loaded with beneficial nutrients, such as fibre, vitamins (including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6 and C) and the minerals (e.g. calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, zinc and molybdenum). It can be stirred into your favourite smoothies, shakes and juices for an additional blast of nutrients, or used to enrich your choice of rawfood recipes, including raw chocolate, cakes anddesserts. In addition to sweet treats, organic baobab powder is also ideal in savoury snacks, such as our crunchy baobab kale chips below.
Baobab kale chips recipe
A nutritious snack between meals that's suitable for those following a vegetarian, vegan or rawfood diet, and is a tasty alternative to fattening crisps and sugary popcorn!
- 400 grams of kale
- 1 and 1/2 tbsp. of organic baobab powder
- 2 tbsp. of olive oil
- 2 tbsp. of coconut vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. of Himalayan pink salt
- 1 and ½ tbsp. of organic sesame seeds
First rinse and pat the kale dry, before tearing into bite size pieces and placing into a mixing bowl. Now add in the organic baobab powder and mix thoroughly. Next add in the olive oil, coconut vinegar, Himalayan pink salt, sesame seeds and mix thoroughly once more. Lastly pop the kale onto two lined dehydrator trays and dehydrate at 42°C for approximately 12 hours, or until nice and crisp.
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