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The digestive symbiosis of Baobab Fruit Pulp

Posted by David Goldman

Mar 4, 2015 1:12:41 PM

describe the imageThe Washington Post recently published a front page article on the role of beneficial microbes in achieving and maintaining overall health. Follow this link to find out about the far reaching health impacts that maintaining proper bioflora in your body can have.  It's not just about intestinal health, by any means!

Symbiotic Digestive Health

Baobab Fruit Pulp provides lots of prebiotic soluble fiber, which creates a nurturing environment for healthy probiotic bacteria in the intestinal tract.  Not only does this improve digestion and the body's ability to uptake important vitamins and minerals from food (including those present in Baobab superfruit), it can have wide ranging systemic effects from managing diabetes, to helping mental health, and beyond!  Check out the article to learn more!

Atacora Essential has lots of  Baobab and information on why it is the most super of superfruit on our site  please visit us and like us on Facebook!Wild harvested pure African Baobab Fruit Pulp from Atacora Essential

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Topics: digestion, baobab, wellness, health, digestive, pre-biotics, superfruit, pre-biotic

Fair Partnership, Indigenous Resources and Poverty Abatement

Posted by David Goldman

Oct 13, 2011 9:52:00 AM

Poverty is a shroud enveloping much of the global South that clings stubbornly despite efforts to throw it off.  My examples are from my experience in West Africa, but I have little doubt that the paradigm applies widely.

Ending poverty in Benin thru community developmentAID DEPENDENCY

In the last 20 years, I've seen international development organizations from all over working in the Atacora region of Northwestern Benin.  They always have nice work stations, houses and vehicles, and pay trained locals to "animate" rural villages about their "development" agenda.  They furnish materials, build and undertake "projects"...and this has been going on a long time.  Indeed, there are some results...some schools, health centers and the like, some environmental projects as well.  There have been some other results as well; results that may hinder more than help poverty abatement.

From local mayors' offices to health centers to village chiefs, the habituation to external aid as the primary engine of development is remarkable. This dependency is not sustainable, and insidiously robs people of the dignity of owning their futures.  People see a foreign face and all too often immediately claim to be suffering and practically beg for help.

RESOURCES AND POVERTY

The Atacora region (and many others) have some incredibly valuable and sustainable natural resources, as well as extremely capable and willing people who definitely want a better life and future for their offspring.  Yet despite these abundant resources, poverty has clung tightly.  Rural isolation, weak markets and free market exploitation engender substandard health care, nutrition and education, as well as degradation of the very natural resources that could help to improve conditions; furthering the vicious cycle of poverty and inequality. Notably, the disenfranchisement of women (a powerful force) from economic life restrains progress...Inequality breeds more Inequality.

FAIR PARTNERSHIP

I believe great strides can be made in this fight, starting at the local level, by introducing and enacting a new paradigm which I will coin Fair Partnership.  The principles of Fair Trade are at the root of this paradigm, yet it goes further by actively promoting stakeholder ownership of their future well-being.  here are a few principles of this emerging, non-static paradigm:Fair Trade Federation resized 600

  • Fair Trade standards

  • Enhancing local marketability and encouraging local ownership of these activities

  • Accessing global markets for enhanced profitability while focusing on sustainability and local benefit

  • Engaging with stakeholders in community driven development initiatives

  • BEING AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE COMMUNITY

Fair Partnership in Action

I will focus on some wild-harvested, sustainable resources from the Atacora region: Baobab and Neem.  These trees are dominant features of the landscape in the landscape of the Atacora, and provide valuable products which can be viable in markets both local and global.  Baobab Fruit Pulp is a highly nutritious superfruit valued locally and catching on in markets in 'developed' countries.  Baobab Seed Oil is very nourishing for the skin and is gaining universal appreciation. Neem Seed Oil is a near magical healing oil for the skin, with insect and disease repellent properties for garden use which is rather well known in global markets and is rapidly gaining appreciation locally in Africa.

donating medical equipmentRevaluing these sustainable resources by creating and providing market access can promote community development in the Atacora and improve health and wellness in African and other global localities by:

  • Direct, Fair Trade purchases of raw materials from local producers

  • Providing employment for women in Fair Trade transformation co-ops

  • Encouraging stakeholders to prioritize health, environment and education with these earned funds

  • Creating allocated funds for community driven development projects

  • Encouraging stewardship of previously undervalued natural and human resources

Here is a brief introduction to Fair Partnership, a new development paradigm that I'm proud to be a part of creating!

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Topics: sustainable, baobab, development, africa, community driven development, superfruit

Baobab, Fair Trade and Sustainable Community Development

Posted by David Goldman

Sep 21, 2011 1:37:00 PM

Hi Folks!  If you've been following the blog, you've read how remarkable Baobab Fruit Pulp is as a superfruit for digestive health, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. I've written a bit about the skin care benefits of Baobab Seed Oil, and will expand on that in a later post.  Today, I'd like to write about how Baobab is a vehicle for social justice in African communities.  This is the primary motivation for Atacora Essential, Inc's endeavor to bring Baobab to the US market.

ABUNDANT RESOURCES AND TENACIOUS POVERTY

The magnitude of the Baobab resource in the Atacora Region of Northwestern Benin, and specifically the Boukombé area is astounding.  During the dry season, when vistas are clear, one can see perhaps dozens from certain vantage points.  In addition to Baobab Fruit Pulp and Seed Oil, many other parts of the tree help sustain the region's population.  Indeed, these products are valued and consumed locally, but the sheer scale of the resource indicates a huge surplus.

Baobab Fruit Pulp and seeds are sold on local markets, but the glut yields very low prices for producers who not only have to process the products, but carry them up to ten miles to market.  Infrastructure is poor, adding to the difficulty.  Despite such a resource, healthcare, education, infrastructure and sanitation and a decent standard of living continue to evade local villagers.

FAIR TRADE

fair trade federationReliance on external means and intervention in the fight against poverty and inequality has yielded too little at great expense, and has created dependency.  Atacora Essential is proud to be on the cutting edge of market based community development. However, the free market model can yield exploitation in the form of depressed prices, and continue the cycle of poverty, leaving families with a dollar or two per day.  Fair Trade principles help to ensure a living wage for the producers of raw materials and those whose labor helps bring them to market.  Atacora Essential is commited to adhering to and surpassing these standards.  We pay a premium for whole Baobab Fruit, and the ladies of our Co-op earn a daily wage beyond what the can earn from other generative activities such as beer making or selling produce at the market.

PROBLEMS WITH FAIR TRADE

Fair Trade certification helps to insure that standards are upheld by companies trying to practice Fair Trade.  There are basically two major certifying bodies; one in the US and one in Europe.  This does not lend itself to a more democratically based standardization, and can point toward the monopolization of certification and the money generated by it.  Speaking of money, these certifications cost in the neighborhood of 10-15 thousand dollars, with continual additional costs!! For a young company like Atacora Essential, this leaves difficult choices:  Do we first invest in developing production capacity, employing more people, doing community projects and marketing, or do we drop very limited resources on a certification mark??  We at Atacora Essential love our community and are an integral part of it.  Our commitment to Fair Trade is our commitment to improving the lives of our community by nurturing a sustainable economy.  We are stakeholders in this task, and could not do otherwise.  For now, we will self-affirm our commitment to Fair Trade and keep fighting the good fight, documenting our actions every step of the way and offering full, transparent disclosure.  Hopefully, we will be able to afford certification at some point in the not too distant future to put some teeth in our words.

FAIR TRADE AND SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

The Fair Trade prices and wages we pay empower people, especially women, to access better healthcare, education and nutrition.  Unlike aid money, hard earned money in peoples' pockets conveys a sense of ownership of their own futures, not dependency.

The stewardship which we apply to the Baobab (and other) resources, and the added value that market access conveys to them help to insure their sustainable use for generations to come. We pledge at least 10% of revenues for community projects that we co-create with stakeholders.  We are a young company with very limited financial resources, yet we have already undertaken several small projects in partnership with local residents and government officials such as:

School remodeling with a contingency on girls' inscription

Distributing medical equipment and supplies to local health centers for injured, sick and handicapped people

Refurbishing wells

Distributing soccer balls to schools (interestingly, teacher testimomials indicate that this has a profound effect on attendance!).

CALL TO ACTION

Do you want to contribute to this challenging but meaningful endeavor?  The impact of Atacora Essential's actions on the communities of the Atacora region is immediate and already noticeable.  By adopting a policy of CONSCIENTIOUS CONSUMERISM and purchasing products that are not only good for your own health and wellness, but have positive effects on the fight for SOCIAL JUSTICE, you become our partner in this fight and a member of our greater community.  Please visit www.atacoraessential.com and purchase some of our Baobab Fruit Pulp, Baobab Seed Oil, Neem Seed Oil and Timuti Bracelets to help us and our Beninese communities create a better, healthier future.  It would also really help if you would link this blog and our website to your blog and social media profiles to help get the word out.  'Like' us on Facebook!  We invite your thoughtful comments on the blog, and would love the help generating discussion of these important issues. 

Until next week...PEACE,  David Goldman  President, Atacora Essential, Inc.

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Topics: sustainable, baobab, wellness, health, development, africa, digestive, community driven development

Baobab Fruit Pulp for Digestive Wellness UPDATED

Posted by David Goldman

Sep 14, 2011 1:38:00 PM

Nutritious pulp of the Baobab FruitGet ready, Folks!  I'm going to deliver the goods about why Baobab Fruit Pulp is truly SUPERIOR AMONG SUPERFRUITS!!

In previous posts, I've explained that Baobab has a greater antioxidant capacity (ORAC = 650/gram) and more Vitamin C than better known superfruits such as Aςai and Goji, as well as good mineral content (calcium, potassium).  This is truly wonderful news, but better still is Baobab's capacity to better deliver these nutrients to the body due to its digestive benefits!

Many Americans' diets do not contain sufficient fiber and lead to poor digestion and  digestive ailments.  As much as 2/3 of the population suffers from one or more of these ailments, such as heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and ulcers.   When beneficial intestinal microflora thrive in the gut, these ailments can be mitigated or eliminated.  These beneficial bacteria, such as Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and bifidobacteria are the most common types of beneficial microflora which are considered PROBIOTIC. Yogurt is perhaps the best known probiotic food, and has a special relationship with Baobab which I'll explain shortly.

PREBIOTICS are non-digestible carbohydrates ( soluble fiber) which ferment in the gut and stimulate the growth and activity of the beneficial PROBIOTIC bacteria in the colon that improve digestive health.  Insoluble fiber (roughage) is  metabolically inert, absorbing water as it moves through the digestive system, aiding digestion by adding bulk and regulating elimination,  Thus, a fiber-rich diet confers benefits upon host well-being and health.

Baobab Fruit Pulp is nearly half fiber; equally divided between soluble and insoluble fiber!!

The soluble fiber in Baobab Fruit Pulp is in the form of pectin.  In the digestive tract, it ferments and creates an environment conducive to thriving probiotic micro-organisms.  In a healthy gut where beneficial flora trive, mineral and vitamin absorption are enhanced.  The slowing of digestion by the insoluble fiber also increases the time that nutrition may be absorbed.  SO, Baobab's excellent vitamin and mineral content is rendered all the more effective due to these digestive benefits! NO OTHER SUPERFRUIT OFFERS THESE ADDED DIGESTIVE BENEFITS TO THIS DEGREE.

SYMBIOSIS

If you remember from my prior post on Baobab recipes, mixing Baobab with yogurt is especially delicious.  Yogurt is a rich source of healthy probiotics (Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus salivarius subsp. thermophilus bacteria. Lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus casei), and these beneficial organisms' effects can be enhanced by virtue of the hospitable intestinal conditions created by the prebiotic pectin in Baobab Fruit Pulp.  This symbiosis further intensifies Baobab's superior nutrition!!

If you want to improve your digestion and benefit from Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including Baobab Fruit Pulp into your daily dietary regime may truly be a boon to your health!


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Topics: digestion, baobab, wellness, health, digestive, pre-biotics, orac, superfruit, pre-biotic

Delicious Baobab Recipes

Posted by David Goldman

Aug 13, 2011 1:50:00 PM

Fresh Baobab Fruit Pulp resized 600I've written quite a bit about Baobab Fruit Pulp's origins, nutrition and socio-economic implications, but I noticed that I only wrote one line saying that it tastes great!  In order for Atacora Essential to move our community development goals forward, we've really got to sell some Baobab, and folks probably will not be entirely motivated to buy it based soley on lofty ideals and background!  SO, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, let's get into some ideas about how to incorporate this delicious product in your diet.

When I go to trade shows, or do demonstrations for people who do not know what Baobab Fruit Pulp is, I try to serve samples that really highlight its pure, original taste and texture.  For the following, start with a 16oz mason jar with a lid.

Add 2 big tablespoons of Baobab to about 12 oz of water.  Close the lid and shake well for pure baobab flavor

Again 2 big tbsp of baobab, but mix 8oz water with about 4oz rice, soy or regular milk.  Add sweetener to taste. I like sucanat, evaporated cane juice, but agave nectar, sugar, honey or whatever will do.  Shake well.  Some find the tartness of baobab needs a little something!

SMOOTHIES

First off, smoothies are a pretty broad category; fruit or fruit juice being the unifying factor I suppose.  They a a tasty vehicle with which to deliver a variety of nutrition-packed supplements or foods, and may or may not contain dairy or ice.  I'm no expert!  I have yet to try a smoothie that would not be enhanced in terms of flavor, texture and nutrition by adding Baobab Fruit Pulp.  You get all this and the added benefits of African Community Empowerment and environmental stewardship when you purchase and use Atacora Essential Baobab Fruit Pulp (shameless, I know)!

My typical morning smoothie:  One cup of yougurt, one cup of milk, half a banana, half a cup of fresh or frozen berries (I add a little ice if using fresh to chill it out), two big tbsps of baobab.  Zap it well in a blender, and Voila!

My new favorite, the Baobab Mango Lasse:  One cup yogurt, 1 1/4 cup Mango Nectar (I like Trader Joe's), two tbsps Baobab, half a banana if you like. Blender.  Keeping the liquid portion kind of thin really showcases the Baobab's ability to thicken due to the significant soluble and insoluble fiber it contains.  Thus, BAOBAB MAKES THE SMOOTHEST SMOOTHIE (TM)!

Adding Baobab to any smoothie at all is always an improvement, and I'm working on recipes that really feature the baobab flavor, without too many competing ingredients.  Ingredients like banana and ice, which are often used to thicken, are well replaced with a good dose of baobab, which brings the taste of African sunshine with it!  Smoothies have the ability to hide less pleasant tasting, but nutritious ingredients in a tapestry of other flavors (notably acai and goji berries, which do not taste very good to me). No need to hide Baobab!!  Not only does it bring great taste and texture, but its nutrition profile per serving is quite superior to those other superfruits!

A FEW DISCOVERIES I HAVE MADE

I had a lovely piece of fresh sturgeon on the grill, and was making a white wine reduction to put on it (Garlic and onion sauteed in olive oil and butter, then cook a little wine down in it) when I thought I wanted a more substantial sauce.  I was about to make a roux to add in, when I thought to try Baobab!  Hey, its texture is akin to flour, why not?  Considering I have several tons of the stuff, it seemed like a good idea.  So I just put a few scoops of it in the pan and started stirring.  "Hmmm, acts like flour, kinda clumpy, what if I add some wine little by little"?  WOW!  It made a lovely smooth sauce, and on the fish, it was fantastic!  The tartness of the baobab made it so that there was no need whatsoever to put lemon on the fish.

Sprinkled on top of, or, better yet, blended into ice cream or sherbet.
Add baobab to your favorite vinaigrette.  I seriously love this!

My friend made Baobab cake frosting/icing.  Oh my Goodness!  The Baobab made it taste as if there was citrus zest or juice in there...tangy and delicious!

It is great mixed with honey and spread on toast
The natural pectin in Baobab Fruit Pulp makes it a great ingredient in jams, jellies and fruit fillings.  It thickens and adds flavor, and eliminates or reduces the need for adding regular pectin or cornstarch.  I have not tried it yet, but I reckon it would be FABULOUS in apple pie!

OKAY!  So here are a few ideas for you to try!  WAIT!  First you need some Baobab!  Visit us at http://www.atacoraessential.com and purchase online, or just give us a call and order a 1 lb jar today.  If you mention the Amazing Baobab Blog, we'll give you a $5 discount!  We also sell jars wholesale to vendors as well as in bulk.  I'd love it if you made up some recipes and shared them here!  I'm always conjuring up new ideas!  I promise next week there will be no shameless commercialism on the blog :o);  Anyone out there have any anecdotes about Baobab, Africa, or anything else you see here, I welcome your comments.
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Topics: digestion, baobab, wellness, health, digestive, orac, superfruit, pre-biotic, recipes

From the Tree to the Market: Baobab Production

Posted by David Goldman

Jul 27, 2011 1:39:00 PM

Buying Baobab Fruit resized 600Atacora Essential is among the first purveyors of Baobab products in the US, and we are very unique among the few that exist.  We are the direct producers of these products, not middlemen.  I've had a direct relationship with the members of our producer co-op in Kouporgou, Benin for nearly 20 years, and I've known many of the villagers who provide us with raw materials for as long.  Atacora Essential is an integral member of the community, providing jobs, supporting community enhancement projects and helping the local economy through Fair Trade.  Now I'll explain our supply chain and transformation process to clarify this:

Before Atacora Essential started its first Baobab campaign in 2010, our field study showed that the owners of the Baobab trees would harvest the dry fruit themselves, and the women of the family would perform the transformation work to produce the powdered fruit pulp and the shelled seeds.  A quantity of these products was retained for domestic consumption, and the rest was hauled on the women's heads to local markets for sale (up to 20 miles).  Still, this mighty effort yielded little economic reward. Also, the sanitary conditions of production varied widely and would be impossible to monitor were we to simply purchase the products on the market.

We decided that we must perform the transformation activities ourselves under controlled conditions to insure quality and cleanliness.  This would necessitate purchasing the whole fruit from the tree owner families, which was unfamiliar in the cultural context.  We discovered that if we offered a per kilo price that approached the market value of the fully transformed products, we could generate interest in the communities to supply us.  Also, aside from harvesting and bringing the fruit to collection points we could reach with our truck, the people would be spared the considerable effort of transformation and going to market.  Instead of waiting to see if the products sold at all, we always arrive with cash in hand, which they greatly appreciate!  We always make sure that the families retain stock for personal use, because of the important nutrition the products provide.

From mid-December until mid-March, we are busy purchasing Baobab Fruit from many villages across a broad region in the Atacora province.  Some days we bring many truckloads for a total of as much as 2 tonnes to our transformation center in Kouporgou, where the ladies of our Co-op make the fruit pulp and prepare the seeds for the oil press.  We handle alot of Baobab!!

Once offloaded, the ladies scrup the greenish, itchy fuzz off of each fruit with brushes so it does not get mixed in with the fruit pulp.  Each morning, we set up each pair of ladies with 100 kilos of fruit to work on, and each evening we inspect and weigh the finished products.  First, the ladies crack open the fruit and scoop the contents (pulp-encrusted seeds and fibers) into handmade wooden mortars.  They then rhythmically pound the contents with wooden pestles to separate the powdered pulp from the rest. Then, we sieve the product twice to obtain superior quality fruit pulp, which is immediately bagged and sealed.  The seeds are retained for future transformation, and the shells and fibers are burned to produce ash for soapmaking.  We could automate this process, however we choose instead to employ more ladies and preserve indigenous skills.

In order to extract the kernals from the rock-hard seeds, they are boiled to soften them.  The seeds are individually hulled by hand, and the kernals washed, rinsed and sun dried. We then haul them to Boukombe, where we have electricity to run our modern oilseed press. The oil is a rich, golden hue and has a nice earthy, nutty fragrance.  It is wonderful on the skin!

We ship the products by container or sometimes by air to Olympia, Washington, where we are working hard to bring them to market.  Check our website http://atacoraessential.com and try them out!

You can see how we are distinct now.  We steward the entire process from the tree to the market instead of buying products and reselling them with little connection to the land or the people like other companies.  Baobab is King!

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Topics: sustainable, digestion, baobab, wellness, health, development, africa, digestive

Baobab and Sustainable Development

Posted by David Goldman

Jul 20, 2011 1:28:00 PM

baobab is farmed sustainably for the benefit of the communityI was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Boukombe, Benin in the early-mid 1990s.  I pedaled my bike to lots of remote villages in the region to work with farmers, women's and youth groups to promote, initiate and implement projects related to ecological sustainability and agro-forestry.  I relied heavily on the principles of Permaculture and the desires and knowledge of stakeholders to guide design. The most successful projects were those that participants understood to improve agriculture and generate income, thus there was a huge component of awareness raising involved.  I found that acceptance for novel ideas was closely tied to building relationships with stakeholders by just talking, eating, drinking and showing a personal interest in their lives.  In the best cases, the participants were the ones who eventually reached out to express their willingness to try something new.  Some of the results were orchards, integrated agroforestry fields, dry-season vegetable gardening, soy cheese production and fuel-efficient cookstoves which have had lasting results.  There have been Peace Corps Volunteers in the region for many years, and, although we hardly saved the world or crushed poverty, we all have had an impact and have gained a sense of pride.

So, about relationships as the basis for community development...building them was and remains the strength of Peace Corps when compared to other development projects.  There are plenty of European NGOs operating in the Boukombe region in health, environment, education and other domains.  Generally, their initiatives are conceived in offices in Paris, D.C., etc. by World Bank, USAID, etc. types with limited cultural fluency but loads of money, cars et al.  The field agents often showed little interest in the nitty-gritty relationship department.  They would hire locals to promote their projects and pay them far beyond the local pay scale, give them motos, and even send them abroad for training.  My observation is that the resources to results ratio was fairly poor.  I attribute this to the lack of time spent getting to know the place and its people like we PCVs did.  Also, they have created a culture of dependency where stakeholders await external knowledge and capital to improve their lives, nearly forgetting their own rich resources and incredible capacity and ability to create a better future.

I've learned alot through experience and education about the need to engage stakeholders as OWNERS of their individual and collective future.  I don't think the aid-based development model is very effective, and that applying local resources (natural, human, market, financial, etc.) to the problems of poverty and inequality is a better idea...Jobs and fair prices, not handouts...market access, not subsidies...sustainable local means, not imported material and technology (of course, there is some cross-over).  So, I went back to Boukombe in 2007 to see what was possible according to those principles, and in 2009 created Atacora Essential as a fair trade co-op promoting gender equality, ecological sustainability and fighting poverty.

This is where Baobab (and other resources like Neem) comes into play!  African people know all about the nutritional and medicinal value of Baobab Fruit Pulp.  I know it too.  Local markets just do not yield a decent income, and cannot absorb the magnitude of the resource, thus wasting time, effort and resources while letting poverty remain unchecked.  People in the West (Global North) are just barely catching on to the immense value of these resources.  Seeing the burgeoning market for natural health products and the rise of conscientious consumerism, I figured that this amazing product could be a vehicle to a better future for the region, where poverty has a firm grip despite the latent potential.

Trying to bust in to the US market is no easy task, let me assure you!  I have managed to organize the production end of things in Benin quite effectively, but need that market access to blossom to achieve the goals I've set forth with my stakeholders.  Again, the strength is in the relationships.  I have known our Co-op members and most of our producers for nearly 20 years.  They are my Aunties, brothers and friends.  They know me and have shown an incredible willingness to work with me to bring Atacora Essential to fruition.  By paying for commodities and work according to Fair Trade standards, we are confident that Baobab can be a major factor in creating a sustainable human development and a sound environmental stewardship in the region and beyond!!

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Topics: skin care, sustainable, digestion, baobab, wellness, health, development, africa

Pre-Biotic Superfood

Posted by David Goldman

Jul 11, 2011 1:23:00 PM

Baobab transformation 1 resized 600The Baobab Tree provides myriad useful products for human consumption and utility.  During the rainy season, the young leaves are used as a nutritious and delicious vegetable.  In the Atacora region of Benin, they are cooked into a sauce in combination with traditional "mustard" made from the fermented seeds of the Nere tree (Parkia biglobosa).  The sauce is very sticky, like okra, and is eaten with porrige made from sorghum, millet or corn.

Baobab fruit are ovoid with a hard, brittle shell covered by a fine fuzz, and can range in size from 8-15 inches long and weigh as much as a kilogram dried. When the dried fruit is cracked open, one sees whitish chunks and reddish fibers.  The chunks are the dried mesocarp surrounding the seeds.  People often just pop a chunk into their mouths where the pulp dissolves and they spit out the seeds.  The pulp has a delicious sweet/tart flavor and is like wild candy!  Traditionally, the insides of the fruit are placed in a mortar and pounded to separate the powdered pulp from the seeds and fibers, and then sieved to yield a flour-like pure powder.  This is often used in sauces and beverages, especially when people need an energy boost.  Indigenous African medicine uses it for its febrifuge (fever reducing) properties, to aid digestion due to its fiber content and to treat dysentary.

Baobab Fruit Pulp is the latest and greatest superfruit!  A single 2 tbsp serving provides 80% DV of vitamin c, soluble and insoluble fiber (the pectin makes it prebiotic), calcium and other minerals.  As an antioxidant, it has an ORAC value of 650/gram, far surpassing better known superfruit such as goji, acai, and pomegranite.  AND, it actually tastes great!

Baobab Seed Oil is an extraordinary skin and hair treatment.  It contains vitamins A, D, E & F and Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids.  It absorbs easily into the skin, and glides nicely for massage.  It is highly antioxidant, and is thus well indicated for aging skin.  It improves skin elasticity, and I have friends who love it when applied to their bellies during pregnancy to help avoid stretch marks.

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Topics: skin care, digestion, baobab, wellness, health, digestive, pre-biotics, superfruit, pre-biotic

INTRODUCTION TO THE AMAZING BAOBAB BLOG!

Posted by David Goldman

May 25, 2011 3:19:00 PM

The mighty Baobab tree is the king of the African savannah. It is by far the most revered tree in many African cultures, and its utility to people is unsurpassed in the plant kingdom.  Its majestic presence on the landscape is so visually striking, I'd like to focus this first post on images from the Atacora region of Northwesatern Benin, home of the Batammaba people and to an enormous population of Baobabs.We'll take a closer look next post!

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Topics: digestion, baobab, wellness, health, digestive, pre-biotics, superfruit, pre-biotic

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Dave_GoldmanFounder and President, David B. Goldman (B.A., M.A.) served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Benin from 1992-1994. He is a twice certified Permaculture Designer. His graduate studies focused on sustainable development and Africa, earning him an M.A. in Environment and Community from Antioch University Seattle in 2007. A subsequent visit to Benin, specifically to Boukombé, solidified his commitment and capacity to co-create with local participants a novel and community driven strategy for economic and social empowerment. This is Atacora Essential!

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