Wish me luck! – me, about to cook with Baobab powder
Usually, if I see an email about a ‘super fruit’ in my inbox, it know it’s a scam. I sense without needed to look that it’ll be promising to help me lose 40 stone or get a bigger *ahem* well, you get the idea. But on this occasion, the email in my inbox was from a trusted source, so I delved a little deeper.
The super fruit in question, it turns out, is Baobab and it grows in South Africa and is harvested and turned into a nutrient rich powder by the Eden Project, Cornwall.
The fruits are exceptional in that, gram for gram, they boast:
- 2.5 x more calcium than milk
- Six times more vitamin c than an orange
- Five times more fibre than wholegrain bread
- Three times more iron than red meat
- High levels of absorbic acid and pectin
- B vitamins including B1, B2, B3 and B6
A 5g sprinkle of the Baobab powder will give you an easy hit of 11% RDA of fibre, 5% RDA of vitamin C and 2% of your RDA of calcium. It tastes much like dried mango and can be sprinkled over anything from smoothies to curries to flapjack to cereals to marinades. And as it contains pectin, it can also be used as a natural thickener is jams, sauces and chutneys.
The Eden Project sent me this recipe for a tropical smoothie using the Baobab powder and I must say it’s deliciously fruity and creamy.
Here’s what to do – serves three.
- 500ml coconut milk
- 1 litre pineapple juice
- 5g chopped mint
- 10g baobab powder
- 70ml water
- 40g caster sugar
- Chop the mint.
- Blend the coconut and pineapple juice.
- Boil the sugar and water, add the baobab powder and mix to a smooth liquid, then blend in to the coconut mix.
- Serve in 3 tall glasses, then sprinkle with the chopped mint
If you want to buy the Baobab powder for yourself, it’s available from the Eden Project Shop: £5 for an 8 x 5g box or £12.50 for a 200g pouch.
Disclosure: we were sent some sachets of the Baobab for this post. All posts are 100% honest. No payment was received for this post.