The Baobab tree is a rooted tree from South Africa. As the story goes, after the first humans ate the fruit of the tree, God was so upset that he pulled the tree from the ground and re-planted it upside down in punishment, thus explaining why the tree seems to be planted with its roots hundreds of feet in the air.
The baobab tree takes many years to fruit and most of the harvest comes from trees that have been standing for one hundred years or more. The fruit pulp, which is often dried and ground into a fine powder, has the most marketable nutritional value. Notable nutrients include Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Sodium, Phosphorus, Amino Acids, Pectin, Fiber, and Vitamin C.
African cultures have a long history with Baobab and have devised uses for everything from the fruit and the leaves to the seeds and the bark. Because of the high vitamin C content it has a slightly tart taste.