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Bombacaceae (Malvaceae), Adansonia digitata, Boabab

December 7, 2011

Baobab. This is the most widespread of the Adansonia species. I took these photos on the Kenyan coast. Other common names for Baobab include: boab, boaboa, bottle tree, upside-down tree, and monkey bread tree. Below are a number of photos incluing flower, leaf, trunk, etc. For more information, here is a link to a previous post on A. digitata.

Below, the leaves are edible and highly nutritious tasting somewhat reminiscent to spinach.

The fruit, shown below, is typically 6-8 inches long, sometimes a bit larger. The light brown pulp surrounding the seeds is edible adn contains 50% more calcium then spinach, is high in antioxidants, and has three times the Vitamin C then that of an orange. The fruit pulp can be dissolved into milk and consumed as such. The seeds contain an edible oil.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2011 10:08:00 pm

    That first shot is amazing! Hauntingly beautiful..


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