Monthly Archives: April 2013

Baobab Fruit Powder, How Do You Go From Baobab Fruit Pulp to Powder

Baobab Fruit Powder

In our article on Baobab Fruit Health Benefits we discussed all the nutrients that are packed into the tiny Baobab fruit.  If you have not yet read the article, give it a quick read as it will explain why we are so excited about the Baobab fruit.  We will wait, go ahead, give it a read…

Back now?  Pretty impressive stuff, right?  Well, since writing that article on Baobab fruit we have had a number of questions on how to get Baobab fruit here in the USA, so we wanted to provide some more insight…

Fresh Baobab Fruit, Something You Just Can’t Find In The USA

Unfortunately, if you think you can go to a local fruit market and pick up a few Baobab fruits, you are mistaken.  The whole Baobab fruit is generally not imported into the USA, so you need to find another form of the Baobab fruit.  Luckily, you can find Baobab fruit powder here in the USA, and if processed correctly, it can have all the nutrients and health benefits of the fresh Baobab fruit.

How To Make The Best Baobab Fruit Powder

When it comes to processing any fruit – less is more!  The less you need to heat it, dry it or process  the fruit in anyway, the more nutrients the fruit powder will have.  The cool thing about the Baobab fruit is that the pulp is already dry.  So, to make Baobab powder, you simply need to remove the seeds from the pulp and then crush up the Baobab fruit pulp into a fine powder.

When shopping for Baobab fruit powder, you want to make sure no heat or processing was done to the Baobab fruit pulp.  The ideal Baobab fruit powder would be 100% Organic Baobab Fruit, with nothing else added and no heat used to make the powder.

Why is Organic Important When Shopping For Baobab Fruit?

We could write a whole book just on the benefits of eating organic, but let’s just say we are big believers in eating organic fruits whenever possible.  There is plenty of 100% Certified Organic Baobab Fruit Powder on the market, so why not buy Organic Baobab fruit?

Tests on Baobab Fruit Powder Are On The Way

We are big believers in science and testing, so we are currently testing the nutritional content of a number of Baobab fruit powders and will post our results soon.

Stay tuned!

 

Baobab Fruit: Interesting Facts and Figures on Nutrition and Health Benefits

Baobab Fruit

There has been plenty of discuss about the Baobab fruit recently in the news.  Is it the next big Superfruit?  Does it cure various aliments?  In truth, the Baobab fruit is an incredibly nutritious fruit, that is packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, magnesium, potassium and other nutrients.  Does that make the Baobab fruit a Superfruit?  Who knows, as they is no scientific definition of a super fruit.

Fast Facts and Figures on the Baobab Fruit

If you are interested in learning more about the Baobab fruit, we highly recommend you check out our article on Organic Baobab Fruit Research. That article provides details about both Baobab fruit pulp and Baobab fruit powder.

Still, we understand that some people just want the quick bulleted facts on the Baobab Fruit, so here you go, everything you wanted to know about the Baobab Fruit in under 60 seconds…

  • Baobab Fruit Powder Has An ORAC of Over 1,400 per gram
  • ORAC is used to measure the antioxidant levels in foods
  • Baobab Fruit has more than DOUBLE the antioxidant levels of Acai and Goji berries
  • More Than 6 times the antioxidant levels of Cranberries, Blueberries and Pomegranates
  • More Than 6 times the Potassium of a Banana
  • More Than 6 times the Vitamin C of Oranges
  • Baobab Fruit is 50% Heart Healthy Fiber
  • Ounce for Ounce, As Much Magnesium As Coconut Water
  • Twice as Much Calcium as Milk

You have to admit, those are some pretty impressive facts about the Baobab Fruit

Buyer Beware, Search for Certified Organic Baobab Fruit Powder

Unfortunately, there are less than honest companies who are trying to take advantage of the positive media surrounding the Baobab fruit.   Here in the US, it is not possible to get the whole Baobab fruit – shell and all, so your options are Baobab fruit powder or Baobab fruit pulp.  Both are good options, just make sure you get certified Organic Baobab Fruit and that is has been tested to be free of any harmful ingredients.  As Baobab grown wild in Africa on the Tree of Life, some companies have bee selling rotted Baobab fruits, which contain no nutritional value.

As they say, Buyer Beware!

We have been using the 100% Organic Limitless Baobab Fruit Powder and have been very impressed.  The quality is outstanding and we love that they make all their lab testing available so you know they have the best baobab fruit powder.

Organic Baobab Fruit Benefits

Over the past few weeks, you may have heard some news reports about the Baobab fruit.  Perhaps you were told Baobab is a superfruit from Africa that has endless health benefits.  Of course, this is the internet, so who knows if anything you read here is true!

To help clear the confusion about the Baobab fruit, we will go over what exactly Baobab fruit really is and what, if any, health benefits can you get from eating Baobab.

The 2 Minute History of the Baobab Tree and Baobab Fruit

Let’s start at the top – how do you pronounce Baobab?  It is pronounced “Bey-Oh-Bab“.  Well, there you go – everything you need to know about Baobab…

Just kidding!  Okay, here is the amazingly quick history on Baobab.  The Baobab fruit grows on the Adansonia, a genus of eight species of tree, of which six are native to Madagasca and one is native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

Just because you may see various names for the Baobab tree – here are the most common alternative names –  tree of life, boab, boaboa, tabaldi, bottle tree, upside-down tree, and monkey bread tree. 

The Baobab tree has been around for thousands of years, and it is not uncommon to find 150-1,000 year old trees across Africa.  The tree has a very funny look, as it is leafless most of the year, with its branches looking like roots in the year.  This is how it earned the nickname of Upside Down Tree.

Learning About the Baobab Fruit and Its Nutrients

The Baobab fruit looks almost like a strange shaped coconut.  There is a hard shell that must be cracked open to reach the Baobab fruit pulp.  The very interesting thing about the Baobab fruit pulp is that it is dry – again, almost like coconut flesh.  The important point here is that you do NOT need to process the Baobab fruit to turn it into Baobab fruit powder.  You simply remove the Baobab seeds and mill the Baobab fruit powder.  No heat is introduced and this is key, so the nutrients are not killed.

The Baobab fruit is absolutely packed with nutrients.  Here are the highlights on a gram for gram basis -

  • 10 Times The Antioxidants of Oranges
  • 6 Times More Antitoxidants than blueberries 
  • 2.5 Times The Antioxidants of Goji Berries
  • More Antioxidants Than The Acai Berry
  • 6 times the Vitamin C found in oranges.
  • 4 times more potassium than a banana.
  • More calcium than milk.
  • More magnesium than spinach.

Baobab Fruit Health Benefits

As you can see from the nutrient highlights, the Baobab fruit is truly a Superfruit.  What health benefits can you see from all the nutrients in Organic Baobab fruit?

  • Increased energy levels
  • Improve Skin tone
  • Reduce the signs of aging
  • Improve Digestive Function
  • Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure Levels
  • Improve Overall Wellness
  • Increase Endurance

 What Is The Best Way To Take Baobab Fruit For Maximum Health Benefits?

The first thing you want to do is make sure you are getting Organic Baobab Fruit.  You need to stay away from any Baobab powder or fruit pulp that is not certified organic.  In terms of Baobab fruit powder versus Baobab fruit pulp – both are excellent choices.  We will address the differences between Organic Baobab fruit powder vs Organic Baobab Fruit Pulp in a future article, but both forms of Baobab will get you tremendous health benefits.

 

Organic Baobab Fruit Research

Organic Baobab Fruit

Welcome to the Organic Baobab Fruit information site.  The Baobab fruit is a superfruit that comes from Africa…I know, right about now your finger is on the X button about to close this blog.  You have heard it all before, some magically superfruit from Africa that cures all evils.  But wait, don’t close us yet, Baobab fruit is actually different…

Baobab Fruit, The Superfruit That Is Super In Other Ways

Yes, Organic Baobab Fruit is packed with nutrients.  Here is the quick rundown -

  • Contains six times as much vitamin C as oranges
  • Contains twice as much calcium as milk
  • Baobab Fruit is packed with B vitamins
  • Excellent source of magnesium, iron, phosphorous, and antioxidants

So, yes, Baobab fruit has a great nutritional profile.  However, what really makes Baobab super if the social good it is doing in Africa.  Organic Baobab fruit has become an economic boom for growers in Africa (learn more here).  A number of social programs have been created that give back to the women in Africa who are doing the growing.

The Baobab Tree or The Tree of Life

Baobab fruit grows on the Baobab tree…well, that certainly seems obvious.  Okay, if you want to get technical about it, the scientific name of the tree is Adansonia Digitata.  I know, I can’t pronounce that either, so I go with some common names for the tree, like The Tree of Life, The Upside Down Tree or the Monkey Bread Tree.

It is important to understand that Baobab is not some flash in the pan superfruit of the month.  In fact, most Baobab trees are 200-500 years old.  This is one of the reasons the trees are called the Tree of Life  - they have been growing in Africa forever.

Much More to Come on Organic Baobab Fruit

We are still doing our research and getting some great videos of the Baobab fruit.  Please check back soon for more information.