Last month, I wrote about the health benefits of Matcha, so this month I want to shine a spotlight onto Baobab - a 'superfruit' that I don't hear people talking about as much as other more popular superfoods, yet it tastes delicious!
What is Baobab?
Baobab is the fruit that grows on the branches of the African 'Tree Of Life'. It looks like a big green pod from the outside, and it's the naturally dried fruit inside which is extracted. This is then turned into a fine powder which can be added to all sorts of recipes, so you can easily consume it for an instant healthy boost to your day.
What are the health benefits of Baobab?
There are lots! Baobab is one of the most nutrient dense fruits and it has one of the highest antioxidants content of any fruit in the world. This means that it's very rich in Vitamin C and is an excellent source of Calcium, Potassium, Thiamin and Vitamin B6, so it's good for fighting fatigue and tiredness, keeping your immune system working properly, and it's great for maintaining healthy skin. It's also almost 50% fibre in nutritional composition which is important as many of us don't get enough fibre in our diets.What does it taste like?
Do you like sweet citrusy flavours that's sort of like a natural tasting sherbert without the fizz? Baobab tastes like that to me! Aduna describe it as 'a combination of pear, grapefruit, caramel and vanilla' which is pretty spot on.
How do you consume/use Baobab?
For the full health benefits of Baobab, it's recommended that you take 2-4 teaspoons per day (I usually just do 2 most days, but if I'm starting to feel run down or like a cold is coming on, I'll bump it up to the full 4). You can use Baobab in lots of different ways and it all comes down to personal preference of what you like but here are some of the various ways I've tried it:-
- Blended into a smoothie or juice drink.
- Sprinkled into muesli / porridge.
- Mixed into natural yoghurt.
- Added to homemade ice cream/sorbets.
I find popping into my morning juice/smoothie is the easiest way for me as I can take it first thing and the fibre from Baobab helps to keep me feeling full so it stops me from wanting to snack on something naughty at 11am (bonus health point there!). For more exciting recipe ideas and ways to use Baobab, check out Aduna's website here.#MakeBaobabFamous
Aduna are on a mission to help spread the word of the health benefits of Baobab to the world and make this superfood famous. As Baobab trees grow wild in 32 countries in Africa, they are all community-owned and 10 million households can provide Baobab from the existing crop, most of which currently goes to waste. National Geographic have estimated that a global demand for the superfruit could be worth an incredible $1bn to rural Africa which could help millions of people to create a sustainable livelihood for themselves and their families. How amazing would that be?! For more info on Aduna's #MakeBaobabFamous campaign and how you can get involved just visit their website here.
Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder* (80g, £7.99) is available from various stockists including Holland & Barrett, Wholefoods, Naturisimo.com and direct from aduna.com
Have you tried or heard of Baobab?
[Disclaimer: Aduna kindly sent me a sample of Baobab to try out, but this post is not paid for or sponsored - I just wanted to get involved as I think the campaign is a really good idea!]