Earth Day: The Tree of Life
In honor of Earth Day ….
The Tree of Life
This giant Baobab Tree in South Africa is believed to be 2,000 years old.
Baobab Trees boast Longevity…Some are believed to be thousands of years old.
Known as the Tree of Life, they also provide sustenance and support for longevity of people, providing shelter, clothing, food, and water for the animal and human inhabitants. Hollowed out trunks have provided shelter to as many as 40 people.
The cork-like bark and huge stem are fire resistant and are used for making cloth and rope. The leaves are used as condiments and eaten to boost the immune system.
A Baobab tree stores thousands of liters of water in its trunk to endure harsh drought conditions particular to the the regions in which they are found.
The fruit, called “monkey bread”, is edible, and full of vitamin C.
It has a velvety shell and is about the size of a coconut, weighing about 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lb). It has an acidic, tart flavor, described as “somewhere between grapefruit, pear, and vanilla”. The baobab fruit has medicinal and nutritional properties. Some reports say the fruit provides 3 times as much Vitamin C as an orange, 50% more Calcium and 66% more iron than spinach, more Magnesium than Coconut Water, more Potassium than Bananas, 50% Heart healthy Fiber per serving and is a plentiful source of antioxidants (disease fighting molecules credited with helping reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease).
Baobab is the common name for each of the nine species of tree in the genus Adansonia.
All varieties of the Baobab tree occur in seasonally arid areas, and are deciduous, shedding their leaves during the dry season. Of the nine species, six are native to Madagascar, two are native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and one is native to Australia