Did you know? Today is Vitamin C Day?
Nope, neither did I!
We were sent a pack of Panda Vita Organic Baoba Powder; Superfood; High In Vitamin C; Antioxidents; Natural Energy; and High in Fibre to try. Wow! I thought. I simply sprinkled 2 teaspoons of the white powder over my small jab of fresh fruits and yoghurt for breakfast, but I still have questions I’d like to ask… like…
What is exactly Baobab?
It is a fruit grown in Upper-East Ghana, Africa. Crack the pod open and inside peaks out a powdery white fruit that is rich in all sorts of beneficial nutrients.
This tasty and nutritious powder has a delightful citrusy and tangy flavour while it is also a powerhouse of minerals including iron and magnesium.
It also has a high fibre content, and as if that wasn’t enough, it’s rich in prebiotic complexes that will leave your gut healthy and your body free of harmful bacteria. *
Where is the Baobab Tree Found?
The baobab tree is also known by various names including the ‘cream of tartar’ and the ‘monkey bread tree’, or the ‘upside-down tree’ because of its unique silhouette once the sun sets – giving the appearance of a tree that has been uprooted.
Baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) is native to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Botswana.
There are nine different species with a long lifespan of 5,000 years and more.
The older the plant or tree, the less productive it becomes and as such it is less viable from a commercial standpoint. However, the baobab tree is unique in that it only starts to bear fruits once it is 200 years old. These trees can grow well over 1,000 years old.
It can take a baobab tree this long just to produce its very first green velvety pod-shaped brown fruit. *
What is Baobab Fruit?
The baobab tree produces thick white flowers, which are pollinated at night by fruit bats.
These fruits eventually sprout to become long green or brown fruits, which look like small gourds.
The fruits emerge from the thick showy white flowers around December, then takes about six months to mature into a superfruit.
Come May; the fruits start to dry out and starts to drop off.
This is the only and ideal time to harvest the fruits that have fallen off to protect that parent baobab tree from any damage. *
How Is Baobab Powder Made?
Essentially the pulp of the fruit is naturally dries out while it is still on the tree. This translates into minimal processing being required to extract its powder and refine it. Therefore, all the essential nutrient values remain intact.
It is then harvest and cracked open. Inside the small dark brown seeds are separated from the white peach tinted powdery pulp.
The powder is then finely sieved out, twice. The first sieve is to remove any remaining seeds and the second is an extreme sieve to remove fibres.
The seeds are not put to waste either; they are instead cold-pressed to produce a rich golden oil that cosmetic and skin care product specialists later sell.*
And the Baobab Nutritions?…
Overall studies have shown that baobab has:
- 10 times the antioxidant level of oranges and 6 x more antioxidants than cranberries, blueberries and blackberries.
- Up to 6 times more Vitamin C than oranges.
- 4 times more potassium than a banana.
- 2 times more calcium than milk.
- More iron than spinach.
Baobab also contains zinc, manganese, essential fatty acids, phosphorus, protein and vitamin B complexes.* Photos & Source
This is a perfect food supplement for Evelyn as we’ve found out a few weeks ago that she has allergies to eggs. If it is good enough for her then it is good for us too!
Tips: I also put them in smoothies, yoghurt and oats porridge for my kids too!
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*We were sent a 25g pouch in return for an honest review. All opinions are honest and of my own.
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