Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients, baobab fruit is the latest player in the race toward coveted superfood status.
The fruit comes from the baobab tree — a long-lived species native to Southern Africa, Western Africa, and Madagascar. It looks like a small coconut or large mango on the branch, and its pulp dries naturally in the shell.
Indigenous people in Africa often turn baobab into a thickening agent for soups, pound it to extract its nutritious oils, or enjoy it plain. The nutrient-rich fruit has also been used medicinally to treat asthma, bug bites, and skin conditions. Though it's relatively foreign outside its native Africa, baobab has been the subject of international health studies recently.
The fruit has nearly five times the potassium of bananas and 10 times the vitamin C of oranges. It's thought to have more antioxidants per serving than other superfoods like açai and goji berries, and it's super rich in soluble fiber. If consumed regularly, baobab could help improve blood cholesterol levels and heart health, control blood sugar levels, slow digestion, and facilitate fat burn.