Tuesday, 22 August 2017

# Baobab Tree # Tourism

Tourism: What To Know About The Iconic African Tree "Baobab Tree" #MakeBaobabFamous

The majestic baobab tree is an icon of the African continent and lies at the heart of many traditional African remedies and folklore

The tree who is often reffered to as "African Icon Tree of Life" grows in 32 African countries. They can live for up to 5,000 years, reach up to 30 metres high and up to an enormous 50 metres in circumference. Baobab trees can provide shelter, food and water for animals and humans, which is why many savannah communities have made their homes near Baobab trees.

The Baobab trees draws travelers from around the world, making it one of the most visited locations in the region of Madagascar. It has been a center of local conservation efforts, and was granted temporary protected status in July 2007 by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests, the first step toward making it Madagascar's first . (Wikipedia)
Baobab trees, up to 800 years old, known locally as renala (Malagasy for "mother of the forest"), are a legacy of the dense tropical forests that once thrived on Madagascar. The trees did not originally tower in isolation over the sere landscape of scrub but stood in dense forest. Over the years, as the country's population grew, the forests were cleared for agriculture, leaving only the baobab trees, which the locals preserved as much in respect as for their value as a food source and building material.

The Healthy And Economic Benefits To Mankind.
Out of the few people that know of the tree, not of them know that it has a fruit - and even less know that this fruit is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world.
In fact, every part of the baobab tree is valuable - the bark can be turned into rope and clothing, the seeds can be used to make cosmetic oils, the leaves are edible, the trunks can store water and the fruit pulp is extraordinarily rich in nutrients. Women in Africa have turned to the baobab fruit as a natural source of health and beauty for centuries.

Baobab powder is an extremely rich source of vitamin C. It is almost 50% fibre and has the highest antioxidant content of any fruit. The benefits of baobab include:

Energy release
Immune function
Digestive health
Healthy, younger-looking skin

Baobab trees grow in some of the driest, remotest and poorest parts of rural Africa. There is no such thing as a baobab plantation; every tree is community or family owned and wild-harvested.
An estimated 10 million households can provide baobab from the existing crop, that is so abundant it mainly goes to waste. National Geographic estimate that a global demand for baobab could be worth a billion dollars to rural Africa every year.

According to Aduna, 95% of world population have never heard of it. So in support with them, i think a mission to change this must be embarked on as African heritage must be appraised. The mission is to create demand for under-utilised natural products from small producers in rural Africa - starting with baobab.
A campaign to #MakeBaobabFamous and turn the inspiring possibility of baobab for rural Africa into a reality.

- Aduna.com

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