Ancient baobab trees who can tell a few stories

Saturday, July 04, 2009
Baobab, Tanzania
Baobab tree of Africa is known as the upside-down tree. This photo essay can tell you why.

Our night's stop after what seemed to be a long day but was only 350 km drive from Dar Es Salaam was amongst these magic ancient trees.

We were able to have the next morning as a rest day here before heading after lunch the short 250 km to Kisolanza Farm House.

Baobabs are a living reservoir who have saved many lives. Life would be insupportable in some parts of Africa without the baobab.

One baobab may hold as many as 4,5 thousand litters of water. Baobabs are mostly protected today - they have been exploited for making paper in the past and exported to England.

Their flowers are very large and sweet-smelling; they are like white stars against the evening sky. Baobabs are not resistant to long periods of drought and young Baobabs perish in veldt fires. When a baobab dies, it collapses into a fibrous mass as though struck by lightning, until a high wind blows away the remnants of a solitary giant that had been a landmark for centuries.

Besides making into soup, baobab leaves can be eaten like spinach.
Dried for use as a condiment.
Natives eat the pulp for porridge.
Inside the seed pods, a white pulp, when mixed with water, makes the most refreshing drink.
Farmers mixed this pulp with water to treat Malaria.
The seeds are also roasted and eaten like groundnuts and pounded they can be made into a sort of peanut butter.
The bark may be pounded and soaked and made into rope, fishing nets or clothes.

Thanks Mr Google

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