Adansonia digitata
Status: Least Concern
Type: Deciduous
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Names: Mabuyu or vibuyu
Appearance: The fruits are large, oval to round and berry-like and hold kidney-shaped seeds in a dry, pulpy matrix.
Tags: baobab | fruits | mabuyu

General Information

Adansonia is a genus made up of eight species of medium to large deciduous trees known as baobabs (/ˈbaʊbæb/ or /ˈbeɪoʊbæb/). They are placed in the Malvaceae family, subfamily Bombacoideae. They are native to Madagascar, mainland Africa, and Australia. The trees have also been introduced to other regions such as Asia.

Uses

Leaves may be eaten as a leaf vegetable. Some baobab species are sources of fiber, dye, and fuel. Indigenous Australians used the native species A. gregorii for several products, making string from the root fibers and decorative crafts from the fruits. Baobab oil from the seed is also used in cosmetics, particularly in moisturizers. The seeds of some species are a source of vegetable oil. In Angola, the dry fruit is usually boiled and the broth is used for juices or as the base for a type of ice cream known as gelado de múcua. In Zimbabwe, the fruit is eaten fresh or the crushed crumbly pulp is stirred into porridge and drinks. In Tanzania, the dry pulp is added to sugarcane to aid fermentation in brewing (beermaking).

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