Biodinâmica celebrated the Tree and Forests Day, sharing information about the Baobab!
Baobab, Embondeiro, Imbondeiro or Baoba are some of the common names given to one of the most emblematic trees of Mozambique. Adansonia digitata, its scientific name, is used in Africa as a source of food, clothes and medical purposes. Its fruit, known as ulapa, mukua or baobá fruit, is rich in vitamins and minerals. The roots, leaves and flowers are also eatable. The Baobab has numerous biological properties including antimicrobial, anti-malarial, diarrhoea, anaemia, asthma, antiviral, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities amongst others.
It is a very long-lived tree, up to 30m tall with a diameter up to 10m and it is said that some trees are over 1000 years old.
Curiosities: There is an African legend that says that the Baobab, because of being jealous of other trees, was punished by God and was turned upside down: the canopy was buried and the roots were turned up.
It is also said that in Pemba there is a Baobab tree that was used as refugee for people during the civil war, being possible to see inside of it, marks from that time.
In the book “The Little Prince” the Baobab is described as a tree that once its seeds are spread, we will ever get rid of it. And actually that is what we hope, that the Baobab continues to give a special beauty to the landscape of Mozambique.
Biodinâmica invites you to share on our facebook page, pictures of this or other species that you consider emblematic!