Heirloom Superfood Meal Replacement
The baobab tree is known as the tree of life, with good reason. It grows in Africa, Madagascar and Australia.
Other common names include 'boab', 'boaboa', 'bottle tree', 'the tree of life', 'upside-down tree', and 'monkey bread tree'.
It provides shelter, clothing, food, and water for the animal and human inhabitants of the African savannah regions.
The cork-like bark and huge stem are fire resistant and are used for making cloth and rope. The leaves are used as condiments and essential nutrition.
The fruit, called monkey bread, is edible, and full of vitamin C. As of 2010 experts estimate the potential international market at a billion dollars a year.
The fruit has a velvety shell and is approximately the size of a coconut, weighing about 1.44 kilograms.
It has a somewhat acidic flavour, described as 'somewhere between grapefruit, pear, and vanilla'.
The tree can store hundreds of litres of water, which is an adaptation to the harsh drought conditions of the environment. The tree may be tapped in dry periods.
Mature trees are usually hollow, providing living space for many animals and humans.
Trees are even used as bars, barns, wine and beer shops and more.