Baobab fruit


New to me, anyway. This will soon be turning up in jams and pepper sauces, eventually in cereal bars and smoothies. It has six times the vitamin C as oranges, twice as much calcium as milk and loads of antioxidants, B vitamins and minerals. It's also rich in pectin making it pretty darn useful as well as a vital income source for women in Malawi.

It's flavor is described as somewhere between grapefruit, pear and vanilla.

Remember, you heard it hear first (well not quite). Yes, I still read Nat Geo).

Who knew?

badge posted by: frick on September 01, 2010 at 12:37 pm in Baking, desserts and sweets
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reply by: KAF_MaryJane on September 01, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I looked it up online, and it seems to look a lot like a cacao pod. Pretty neat that one pod produces chocolate and another has a fruity vanilla flavor. Thanks for sharing this.

reply by: sarahh on September 01, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Frick, I saw that too. I wonder how long until some company starts producing things with baobab pulp? Wonder if baobab trees can be cultivated? I'm sure someone will try if this becomes popular.

reply by: frick on September 03, 2010 at 12:34 am

KAF_Mary Jane, the photos in the Nat Geo (Sept., no page number) showed fruit looking like elongated blond coconuts or enormous yams, really huge. I would think each one would weigh a couple of pounds if not more.

SarahH, your photo is SO CUTE! You remind me of Geena Davis.

I thought this was neat, and someday if it turns up on an ingredient list, we should know what it means (and means to those village women who use the money to school their children).

reply by: PaddyL on September 03, 2010 at 9:27 am

Ah yes, frick, but if it does become popular, some great, enormous, international conglomerate will move in and pay those poor women next to nothing for their work. If you look for baobob fruit in the future, be sure it's Fair Trade!

reply by: frick on September 03, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I hear you, Paddy, I really do.

reply by: sarahh on September 03, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Frick, you make me blush. Thank you!

reply by: frick on September 05, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Any time, girl, any time.