BAOBAB – An Interesting Ingredient for Chilli Sauces

by Hot Juan on January 16, 2012 · 1 comment

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Baobab Fruit Powder

Baobab Fruit Powder

James from Bims Kitchen is becoming famous for is his African inspired flavours and rediscovering  some amazing ingredients  this time he has sent us in a small packet of his latest secret ingredient. It takes the form of a fine slightly off white powder that seems to be making some of his product irresistible ?

We have a bottle of his Sweet Baobab Hot Sauce and his Baobab Chilli Jam Scheduled for review very soon, but before we covered the products I wanted to take a quick look at Baobab.

Baobab goes by the Latin name of Adansonia digitata, but is also called the Upside Down Tree, boab, boaboa, bottle tree, and the monkey bread tree in the different area of Africa when it grows. The tree is know for its healing properties, and may be the original “Tree of Life”.

This is not a cultivated product the hard fruits are collected from wild trees,  the power is make from internal flesh which is dried naturally in the sun.

Baobab is starting to look like the ultimate superfruit, it list of properties sound amazing

  • 10 x More Antitoxidant level of oranges (ORAC Value 650/g)
  • 6 X More Antiodants than Blueberries
  • 6 X More Vitamin C than Oranges
  • 2 X More Calcium than Milk  (250mg/g)
  • 4 X More Potassium than Bananas (2120mg/100g)
  • 2 x More antitoxidants than goji berries
  • More Iron than red meat (3.6mg/100g)
  • More Magnesium than spinach (144.5mh/g)
  • It is high is Dietary Fibre (50g/100g)
  • High in energy (454.6kj/100g)

Now like me you are probably thinking that something with such a good rap sheet is going to taste like it has been passed by all the animals featured on the label, well I am sorry to disappoint , the smell is very mike, almost the smell of a very mild caramel milk shake power. The taste is defiantly fruity, but again not a strong flavour slightly sweet with hints of pear and grapefruit.

This could be a great was of introducing something healthy into your diet with out even noticing, sprinkle some on your porridge, or muesli.

Now not only is Baobab used as an ingredient in sauces and Jams, but it finds its way into cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries as well, The UK importer Mighty Baobab sells not only the powder, but also Baobab Seeds Oil, Baobab Dried Fruit Pulp, Baobab Seed extract and Baobab Red Fibres (not sure what they are, but there are picture on the website).

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