Benefits of taking mabuyu (Photo: iStock)

Did you know that the Baobab tree is also known as the "Tree of Life"? Well, now you do. This is mainly because of its longevity and immense size.

These trees are characterised by their stout, swollen trunk, which can store water to survive harsh dry weather conditions, and their sparse branches, which resemble roots, hence the saying "they were planted upside down".

Scientifically known as Adansonia and in Swahili as Mabuyu, the baobab tree produces baobab fruit, which resembles a large, velvety green traditional gourd.

The fruit produces a tangy pulp that tastes like a combination of citrus and pear. The tang is due to the presence of organic acids such as citric and malic acid, as well as natural sugars such as fructose and glucose.

The dry flesh is often added to drinks, smoothies, sauces and baked goods.

Baobab fruit is prized for its many nutritional benefits, including high levels of vitamin C, which boosts the immune system and promotes healthy skin.


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It also has antioxidant properties that help fight free radicals in the body, reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

Its seeds are used to produce an oil that is rich in fatty acids and has moisturising properties for both skin and hair.