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Bouye, traditional Senegalise drink, made with baobab fruit pulp lemon & sugar (I’d use Stevia or Xylitol for low cal drink). Cheesecake, salad dressing. rising agent, a substitute for cream of tartar, pectin, salads, smoothies, jams, ice cream etc.
The powder is an incredible source of the minerals potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium, an outstanding source of vitamin C, and a great source of B vitamins. It’s a fantastic antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties. It is a prebiotic. It has a high pectin content, so you can use it as a thickener in recipes. It is a natural flavour enhancer, so adds depth to any dish, sweet or savoury.
Baobab Hits The Catwalk
Since their launch in November 2012 the company has grown at an amazing rate. They were hailed the ‘Supplement of choice’, for top models during London Fashion Week. Those in the beauty industry are quick to catch on. Vitamin C boosts collagen production. 2 x the antioxidants per gram of goji berries. Great for youthful, glowing skin (along with a healthy diet & exercise of course).
Despite difficulties in obtaining permits to export foods from countries within continental Africa, we are beginning to see the export of its treasures. Exotic ingredients are being used in toiletries and the beauty industry. Shea butter – super hydrating. Marula oil, with more omega’s than Argan Oil and Moringa with no less than 30 antioxidants. Aduna are planning to bring more natural products to the market soon.
The Future For Aduna
Recently awarded Best Selling Superfood in planet organic, john bell croydon & whole foods.
Africa is full of resources but currently has minimal infrastructure. Mostly it is not export ready. Delving into the political history of African revenue, debt and with a third of Africa’s population reported to be malnourished, makes me dizzy at its wide ranging issues from wars, to corruption and climate. It is not a problem that is going to go away any time soon. But Aduna and companies like them, are forging new hope. Aduna plan to bring more African natural products to the market but it is a complicated process to get exotic foods to market outside of Africa. According to Novel Foods Act, the export of any product with significant consumption before 1997 has to be passed by the European Commission. So, to help with this issue, Aduna work with Phyto Trade. . Phyto Trade (phyto = plants. just in case you didn’t know. I didn’t.). Phyto Trade is a trade association of the natural products industry in Southern Africa. Their work has lowered the costs for approval by the EC from an average of €10 million to less than €100,000 and thus opened the EU to access non-Western fruits, vegetables and nutraceuticals while at the same time saving unnecessary animal testing. Also a proportion of Aduna’s profits is used to help the tree owners to secure their ownership. They are also helping to fund Afri Kids a children’s rights organisation in Northern Ghana.
Taste of baobab!
So far, I’ve used the baobab powder in 2 recipes!
Perfectly Sweet Banana & Baobab Ice cream
3 very ripe bananas
2 tbs baobab powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
Peel & freeze bananas. When frozen, put in a blender with remaining ingredients. Blend until like soft whip. Freeze for 1 hour. Serve
Vanilla & Baobab Macaroons (no bake)
2 Cups of toasted unsweetened, ground (use a coffee grinder) coconut. If you want to keep the recipe raw then do not toast.
1/2 cup of almond flour
1 tbs baobab powder
3 tbs gently melted coconut oil
2 tbs stevia powder
2 tbs agave
1 tsp vanilla powder
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
Pack portions of the mix into an ice cream scoop. Gently press the release trigger onto a board. Do this for remainder of the mix. Freeze for at least an hour.
Put on a pretty plate and serve. I cannot tell you how good these are! I am hooked, crazy in love with them. AND they are good for you. Perfect.
A friend of mine, upon me telling him of my recent interest in baobab, surprised me with stories of his childhood spent in Mombasa with baobabs in his garden! Have you tried it yet? Let us know if you have in the Post a comment box below.
Want to be part of it?
Upheaval is the buzz word, ringing like tinitus in my ear, right now. In three days I will be airlifted from cold and drizzle and transported to summer sun and long days, immersed in a culture I’ve yet to discover and surround by voices I do not (yet) comprehend. I always think it is a crazy (crazy in a good way) notion – travelling, it’s like visiting another planet. My excitement knows no end.
My spare bed is now quite unrecognisable. Strewn with ‘stuff for my trip’. Being a vegan, and a long time gypsy girl, I’ve gotten used to carrying a few essential food stuffs. Enough to keep me going until I find a natural food store, or buy supplies online. There is something about unpacking and having your favourite green tea, or snack to hand to settle you in. Also, having a zip baggie with a couple of days of breakfast in takes the pressure off shopping. It also helps to have some sense of normality when plonked in a vastly different environment.
Airports are a radiation hazard, and the stress of travel, cabin pressure, recycled air dryer than the Sahara and jet lag can all take it’s toll. But there are things you can do to protect yourself and stay on top form so you can arrive feeling (relatively..it’s a long flight) fabulous. So, here is a list of tried and tested must haves for road trips and skyward journeys.
In my hand luggage I take
2 different probiotics to keep my digestion healthy
chlorella powder to minimise the effects of radiation
wheatgrass a good all-round powerhouse super food to supplement (or replace) airline food
1 x 10 ml (empty..fill it up on the plane as customs confiscate liquids) spritz bottle for spraying face regulary with water, to counter dehydrating effects of cabin air
travel pack digestive enzymes
soft spongy ear plugs
miso soup powder
On previous trips I’ve taken kale chips, homemade raw bread, homemade muffin or cake, but I’m am experimenting with eating very little on the trip. I am planning to sleep through most of it instead and mainly drink lots of water and green tea. I figured, leaving the UK in the evening, sleeping through most of the 15hr (eek!) flight and taking up on the day, Argentine time, when I touch down at 10am. That is the plan.
In my suitcase
zip baggy of breakfast (pea protein powder, green super food powder, acai powder, goji berries, flax meal)
kelp powder (to lesson effects of radiation)
1 pouch of baby food – fruit berries – to add to breakfast powder
1 pouch chicory coffee
1 box green tea (decaf)
1 zip baggy nooch (nutritional yeast powder)
1 packet of nori sheets (to make nori burritos)
4 single serving miso soup powder
2 raw energy bars
Upon arrival at destination
I perform a saline nasil wash (salt in warm water – antibacterial…counteract the recycled cabin air)
take a 1/2 tsp reishi mushroom powder to boost my immunity
have a warm, comforting cup of tea
grab my camera, $ , shades, room keys, a keen sense of adventure, and go exploring. I’ll do a walkabout and suss out the area. Source some promising cafes I may want to frequent. Track down the natural food stores, and do some serious people watching.
Have you visited Argentina? Do you live there? Send me tips and ideas of places you think I have to visit in the city. Must do’s in Buenos Aires. I’ve noted a few vegan restaurants to try. What are your travel essentials? Leave a comment below and let us know.