We're supporting Better Breakfast Week, taking place across the country next week, from 24 to 30 September. The campaign is being organised by PhytoTrade Africa, who represent producers of the baobab fruit.
Here's one of these incredible furry fruits hanging from an equally incredible baobab tree, aka the 'upside down tree'!
We've always loved this nutritious superfood, and it's been a crucial ingredient in the smoothies we serve in our Rainforest Biome for some years now. That’s how we got involved in Better Breakfast Week – with the aim of raising the profile of this flavour-packed, healthy product that provides an income for hundreds of families in rural Africa.
We will be supporting the week by serving up tasty baobab treats in the Eden Bakery – we'll publish recipes here on our Blog – and by adding new information about the benefits of eating and drinking baobab around the Smoothie Bar in our rainforest.
The most important meal of the day
The week will encourage kids and adults alike to tuck into a healthy, nutritious breakfast, where baobab features as one of the additions to a nutritious meal. There is evidence to show that the first meal of the day literally ‘breaks the fast’ from sleeping, not only giving us the energy we need to face the day, but also improving brain performance and behaviour; it can even help control weight.
Benefits of eating baobab
- The baobab fruit contains smooth black seeds covered in a pale powder that tastes sharp and tangy.
- This fruit powder, rich in Vitamin C and B2, is used to make delicious food and drinks. People in Africa have been eating it for centuries.
- The fruit powder is said to be a boost to health, especially for pregnant women, children and the elderly. Baobab fruit is also said to help fight fevers and settle the stomach.
Find out more about the baobab on our plant profile page.
Baobab recipes for breakfast
Click on the images to find out how to make these tasty and nutritious treats.