Technical chart

Technical chart

Properties  Qualities Known Products/Uses
Baobab Flower – n/a – n/a – Glue products (mixed with water)
Baobab fruit – Composed of outer shell, seed (see below) & pulp (see below) – High levels of tartaric acid (potential as a natural preservative) – Craft product- Animal feed
Baobab Leaves  –          High Vitamin C content-          High Iron content (compared to other wild foods)-          Contain 5 of the 8 essential amino acids-          Calcium, potassium tartrate, and catechins-          Uronic acids, rhamnose (and other sugars), tannins  – Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory – Anti-asthmatic, Anti-dysenteric, Anti-rachitic, Anti-febrile, Anti-diaphoretic – Significant antioxidant activity – Food source (dried/crushed or freshly cooked) – Animal fodder (fresh)- Treatment for guinea worm- Anti-inflammatory gel (leaves soaked in water)- Micronised leaves used in beauty masks, herbal tea, powdered air freshners, soaps (solid & liquid), emollient, aftershave, shower products & aftersun- Glycolic extract used for shower products, skincare, solid & liquid soaps and anti-inflammatory products
Baobab Seed –   Can be pressed for oil-    Good source of energy, fat and protein –          Food source – –  -Thickening agent in soup      –  Roasted, dried or eaten fresh as   a food source- Powdered as a tobacco substitute
Baobab Bark –         – High moisture content-         – Fibrous –          – Used to control malaria-          – Fever treatment (cortex cael cedra)-          – Source of red and green dye –          – Mats, ropes, fishing nets, sacks, clothing-          –  Food flavouring-          – Paper (not commercial, water removal makes this too costly)