Baobab (Adansonia digitata)
A deciduous tree that can reach up to 25 meters in height, the baobab provides beauty, shade, and food. Young leaves and tender shoots are rich in calcium and other nutrients.
Tropical Africa, Indian Ocean islands, Arabian Peninsula
Young leaves and tender shoots are eaten raw, boiled or stir-fried, or dried and powdered to thicken soup and sauce. Flowers are also eaten raw, and seeds raw or roasted to thicken soup, or fermented.
Beta-carotene: medium; vitamin E: medium; riboflavin: medium; folic acid: medium; ascorbic acid: extremely high; calcium: high; iron: medium; protein: 3.6%. Leaves contain mucilage, and older leaves develop tannins.
Read more: Baobab from Discovering Indigenous Treasures: Promising Indigenous Vegetables from Around the World. 2009. AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center.