What is Baobab Fruit?

Don't you love it when you learn about a fruit you can't pronounce?  Okay, let's get that part out of the way - Baobab is pronounced -

BEY-oh-Bab.  Click Here to Hear the Pronunciation of Baobab.

Well, that just about covers everything you need to know about the Baobab Fruit, thanks for reading...

Actually, You Really Will Want to Learn More About The Baobab Fruit

Ah, you're the curious type aren't you?  A real thirst for knowledge!  Perfect, you will fit in well here at Limitless Good.  Before we get into all the details on what Baobab Fruit is, let's just whet your appetite with why you should even bother learning more about the Baobab fruit...

Baobab Fruit Has:

Now that we have piqued your interest, hopefully you will forgive us for the less then thrilling full story on the science and classifications of Baobab.  Let's start from the top...

The Baobab Fruit grows on the, wait for it...the Baobab Tree.  Of course nothing can ever really be that easy when it comes to genealogy and the classification of plants and fruits, so let's get the boring genealogy stuff out of the way and then jump into the good stuff...

Adansonia Digitata, What You Call The Baobab Tree When Trying to Put Someone To Sleep

Baobab Tree

You see that big tree in the photo above, that is the Adansonia Digitata tree, also known as the Baobab tree.  The Genus is Adansonia and the Species is Digitata.  Is Digitata the only species?  Of course not, that would be way too simple.  There are at least 8 species of trees in the Adansonia genus.  Why "at least 8 species"?  Because there were 8 species, but then in 2012 they discovered another species?  Who is they?  I don't know, a Species Hunter???

Wow, I almost fell asleep twice

Stick with us, the boring biology part is almost over.  The important take away is that the Adansonia Genus has species native to mainland Africa, Madagascar, Australia and the Arabian Peninsula.  The species we will be focusing most on is the Adansonia Digitata that grows in Africa and bears the Baobab Fruit that is harvested for export.  

Will This Be On The Test?

No.  Boring science lesson is now over, we just wanted to make you aware of the scientific names of the Baobab tree as you might come across them elsewhere in your reading.  Or maybe someday you will be on Jeopardy and the Answer is "Scientific name of the Baobab Tree native to Africa".  

Monkey Bread Tree?  Now That I Will Remember!

Adansonia Digitata does not exactly role off the tongue, but what about Monkey Bread Tree, Tree of Life, Bottle Tree or Upside Down Tree?  Yep, those are all other names for the Baobab tree and if you ask us, a lot more catchy than Adansonia Digitata.  

Call the Baobab Tree what you like, but anyway you look at it - it is one impressive tree.  The Baobab tree has been around for thousands of years, and many Baobab trees are believed to be over 150 years old.  We say "believed to be" because the Baobab tree does not have rings.  Baobab trees reach heights of 18-100 feet and have a huge trunk, often 25-35 feet in diameter, with limbs sticking out that are leafless most of the year.  The limbs look more like roots and this is how the Baobab Tree earned the Upside Down Tree nickname.    

Not impressed yet?  Well, then maybe you need to have a drink inside a Baobab tree!  Yep, the Sunland Big Baobab in South Africa is 154 feet in circumference, has a full Pub in the trunk of the tree and has been carbon dated as 6,000 years old!  Simply put, the Baobab Tree is a fascinating tree and called the Tree of Life for its almost mythical powers that some cultures attach to it. 

Fine, But You Came for The Baobab Fruit, Not The Tree

Baobab Fruit

Now, let's move onto the important stuff - the fruit that grows on the Baobab Tree - Baobab Fruit.  The Baobab Fruit almost looks like a small coconut or large mango.  Baobab fruit has a hard outer shell and is about 7 inches long and weighs about 3 pounds.  What is inside the shell when you crack a Baobab Fruit open?  This -

That is Baobao Pulp and if you notice, it is already dried.  We will get more into this later, but this is one of the most important things about the Baobab fruit - the Baobab pulp naturally dehydrates in the shell

What can you do with the Baobab Fruit Pulp?  Eat it of course.  Amazingly, Baobab Fruit Pulp is one of the most nutrient rich fruits on the planet.  

What nutrients are in the Baobab Fruit?  What makes it so special?  Why do other fruits envy the Baobab Fruit?  All of this and more will be answered in our next article...

Why Do Other Fruits Envy Baobab?