The tree of life
Fruit that heals
The fruit from the Baobab tree also has healing properties. It is often referred to as monkey fruit because baboons love to feast on the flesh of the fruit which tastes of cream of tartar and contains high concentrations of antioxidants including vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium and iron. People can eat the fruit as well and use it make a wonderful salad.
A source of shelter
The African Baobab’s trunk can grow up to 25m tall and 12m wide and has natural ‘cave-like’ indentations in its trunk, which animals and nomadic people use to shelter in during bad weather. The bark of the tree has adapted to assist the tree to live in extremely hot regions. Slick and shiny, the bark reflects the light, helping to keep the tree cool in the blazing sun and many scientists argue that that the reflective nature of the bark helps protect the tree from wildfires during the dry season.
Baobabs under threat
Unfortunately, climate change is affecting Baobabs and 9 of the 12 of Africa’s oldest and largest Baobab trees have died in the past decade and scientists have speculated that increasingly warm temperatures have either killed the trees or made them weaker and more susceptible to fire, wind and disease.