Baobab is a new superfood to many people living in the west, while in it has been a staple ingredient of African cuisine for centuries. Its sweet tangy flavor and robust nutrition puts it on the blossoming list of imported new superfoods many people now have access to.
Baobab fruit (Adansonia Digitata L.) is from a wild, hearty tree growing wild across sub-Saharan Africa. Baobab (a.k.a the upside down tree) are one of the most ancient trees on earth, existing even before the continents split. Their unique shape and incredible size are unlike any in any other part of the world. The fruit hanging from Baobab trees has been consumed for hundreds of years by locals and has only just begun to make an appearance in the western culinary scene for both its health benefits and exotic uses in a wide variety of gourmet cuisines.
It carries high concentrates of antioxidants, energy, with immune boosting vitamins and minerals (particularly vitamin C, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus). The high-fiber content of Baobab has prebiotic qualities, which stimulate the good bacteria in the gut and benefits the digestive system.
Antioxidants: these help protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals and strengthen your body’s ability of fighting infection and diseases.
Vitamin C: can help protect against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease and even skin wrinkling. It helps improve the body’s efficient use of calories from food into energy.
Calcium: supports healthy bones and teeth, maintains regular muscle contractions, and thins blood clotting. Since baobab is a fruit it provides a non-dairy source of calcium.
Potassium: helps maintain healthy blood pressure, benefits brain, nerve and muscle function. Potassium also contains vital blood clotting ingredients it can help support the circulatory system.
Iron: provides life-giving oxygen for red blood cell production. Aids brain development, strengthening the immune system, muscle function and helps insomnia and anemia.
Magnesium: contributes to the growth and strength of muscles, creates energy by activating ATP, relaxes the nervous system, alkalizes and hydrates the body.
Phosphorous: provides strength to bones and teeth, regulates hormones, provides proper mental function, improves digestion and energy extraction.
Ojio’s world traveler and international sourcing expert Guliz showed us how African Baobab can be used in some of the most refreshing exotic herbal recipes and as a nutritious part of fashionable desserts. Guliz is a Certified Nutritionist, and an expert on the most fertile and remote growing regions on earth. Baobab can be used to boost immune system, fight colds, a help upset stomachs. For optimum results we recommend taking two to four teaspoons of Ojio Baobab powder per day.
You can use Baobab powder easily in:
- Juices, smoothies or protein shakes.
- Breakfast cereals and Nutrition bars, fruit salads.
- Ice creams, yogurts and dairy products.
- Baked goods
- Jams and sauces.
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Great Additions: Herbs, spices, and oil: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, lemon juice, orange juice, mint, almond, cashew, soymilk, almond milk, honey, brown sugar, coffee, nut butter, chocolate, cocoa, raisin, vanilla, salt, coconut oil