Add some baobab to your brekkie for Better Breakfast Week

September 19, 2012
Author: Tom

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.

 

 

Baobab video

All images and recipes courtesy of Better Breakfast Week - there are loads more recipes and baobab facts on their website!

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5 responses to Add some baobab to your brekkie for Better Breakfast Week

  1. fishdance says:

    In the past, we lived in the Kimberley in Northern Western Australia and my son, who was about three used to love this stuff. He would eat as much as you would let him. Too much is not a good idea. I think it tasted a little like malted milk powder. The trees are awesome. People also carve the seed http://www.aboriginalartshop.com/boab-nut-carvings-a-aboriginal-artefacts/

  2. Pam-the-Pom says:

    I also lived in Western Australia & know these trees from the Kimberley. One has in recent years been transported & re-planted in Kings Park, overlooking the city of Perth in W.Aus!
    …And what did I do with my little packet of powder?
    I stirred it into a banana & apple fruit juice! Yum!

  3. S. Cobley says:

    We bought some Baobab powder on a recent visit. One thing I did notice on your recipe flyer was that the recipe required castor sugar. Castor sugar is a processed sugar, stripped of all nutrients. I think it would be a good idea if you could find a way to replace this in your recipe.

  4. Hannah says:

    Thank you for your suggestion – we’ll pass this on to our chefs.

  5. Hannah says:

    We’ve just heard that our smoothies now use panela, an unrefined whole cane sugar, so we’ll get our leaflet updated to reflect that. more info on panela at: http://www.edenproject.com/shop/Panela-13745.aspx

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