Baobab fruit from Africa is a superfruit with a nut-like shell and a creamy, powdery inside. It has several health benefits including reducing the risk of heart disease. Each serving has six times the antioxidants of blueberries, six times the vitamin C of oranges and twice the calcium of milk, according to SuperFoodsandSuperShakes.com.
While fresh baobab fruit is easy to find in Africa, it’s hard to find in the U.S. However, it is available in the U.S. as raw, organic powder form, according to LimitlessGood.com.
If you are lucky enough to have access to fresh fruit, here are 10 ways to eat the baobab superfruit.
You want scones to be creamy and sweet, and the soft meat of the baobab fruit makes these scones even creamier. This recipe comes from Baobabfoods.com and we love it. The grated orange and apricots are complimentary flavors to the bright, summery taste of the baobab.
If you like mango cheesecake, then you will love the tropical taste of baobab in cheesecake. The creamy, mild flavor blends into the cheesecake perfectly. This recipe from TheAfricanChef.com calls for delicious amarula cream, making this taste sort of like a flan-cheesecake hybrid.
Baobab brings a similar flavor to chicken as lemon does—it makes it tangy and vibrant. We love this recipe from MightyBaobab.com with other unique flavors like tamarind paste, ginger and peanut butter—common flavor combinations in African recipes.
Instead of super-acidic vinegar, make this vinegar-free baobab salad dressing with baobab fruit powder, olive oil, water, salt and pepper. If you like raspberry vinaigrette or other fruity dressings, you’ll love this. We found this recipe at Baobab.org.
This is another recipe from Baobab.org. It’s very easy to make with just three ingredients. We love all the fiber from the dates. The rich, intense flavor of the dates is great with the really mild flavor of the baobab.
Baobab is such a natural ingredient for pancakes. You’ll never go back to banana pancakes again after trying this recipe from JenandAdaminCapeVerde.wordpress.com. The best part is that the baobab flour replaces some of the nutritionless white flour.
This is the perfect dessert for a summertime lunch party, but you’ll want to sneak in a few pieces at breakfast. The baobab gives the cake a pretty, milky yellow hue and the frosting is light and fluffy. We found this recipe at ZimboKitchen.com.
We had to include this second smoothie recipe because it mixes four ingredients that make such perfect sense together: baobab, bananas, Greek yogurt and chilled milk. You may want to dip a brownie into this refreshing smoothie. We found this recipe at ZimboKitchen.com.
If you’re sold on the baobab fruit, make tons of jars of this jam and spread it on toast, put it on your bagels, mix it into your oatmeal, spread it on pancakes, roll it into crepes, and put a dollop on your waffles. This is a super-easy recipe from EcoProducts.co.za.