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Why baobab?

Baobab – known as the tree of life in Africa – is packed full of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. People in Africa have been eating its fruit for centuries, as well as using the tree for shelter and medicine. Here in the West, we’re only just discovering its special properties...

What's more, by buying baobab from supported growers in Africa, you’re encouraging them to protect the trees, and providing an income for healthcare and education.

Baobab smoothie recipe


  • 200ml apple juice
  • 100ml natural yogurt
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 180g blueberries
  • 10-20g baobab fruit pulp
  • 1 tsp flax seed (optional)


  1. Add the yogurt and apple juice together in a food blender, and blitz until smooth.
  2. (Flax can be added now. Please note that it my have a slight gritty texture when consumed but the health benefits will outweigh this.) 
  3. Add banana, baobab pulp and blueberries and blend until smooth. 
  4. Pour into tall glasses.

Golden smoothie recipe 


  • 1 banana 
  • 1 litre coconut milk 
  • 5 mint leaves, finely chopped 
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 100ml water, plus more as needed
  • 10g panela sugar (unrefined whole cane sugar)
  • 10g baobab powder 
  • 5g dried turmeric 
  • 2g ground cinnamon 
  • Pinch ground ginger 
  • 10-20g caster sugar


  1. Put the sugars, turmeric, cinnamon and ginger in a pan with 100ml of water, and bring to the boil.
  2. Leave to cool and then place in a blender with all the other ingredients and blitz until smooth, adding more water if the consistency is too thick.
  3. Chill for a few hours and enjoy!

Baobab drink

Try this alternative recipe using baobab powder.


  • 500ml coconut milk
  • 1 litre pineapple juice
  • 5g chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 15g baobab powder
  • 40g panela (unrefined whole cane sugar) or caster sugar if unavailable
  • 70ml water


  1. Chop the mint. 
  2. Blend the coconut and pineapple juice. 
  3. Boil the sugar and water, add the baobab powder and mix to a smooth liquid, then blend in to the coconut mix. 
  4. Divide into three containers and divide the chopped mint between. 

How Eden helps baobab harvesters in Africa

The recipes above use the fruit grown on Africa’s iconic baobab trees – the ones with the stout trunks and spreading canopies. The fruits are large ovoid pods with a woody shell and a velvety yellow-green coating. Inside you can see large, oil-rich seeds, powder and fibres. The trees in our Rainforest Biome are only tiny, so the fruit in our smoothies come from communities in Southern Africa, who are harvesting the pods to increase their income.

Working in partnership with charity PhytoTrade Africa, families on the continent are harvesting the abundant fruits to help them pay for family healthcare, children’s education and household necessities. Because they’re earning money from baobab they have an incentive to protect the trees – which is good news for baobab woodlands and the biodiversity that they support.

Traditional uses

Traditionally, African people eat the leaves of the baobab, which can be pounded to make a relish. They also use the fibrous bark to make ropes, baskets and fishing nets. But PhytoTrade Africa is encouraging the commercial production of goods which come from the fruit and seeds only, so that the trees aren’t harmed by a large demand for their bark or leaves.

Find out why this incredible tree is named the Tree of Life, in a BBC Radio 4 podcast all about baobab, featuring the baobab tree in our very own Rainforest Biome.