What's in a name: Adansonia digitata

What's in a name: Adansonia digitata

The latin name, Adansonia digitata, was given to the baobab by Carl Linneaus.  He named the baobab after the a French naturalist Michel Adanson.  Adanson was posted to Senegal in 1749 to research the natural resources of the area. He was blown away by his first sight of a baobab describing it as "a forest […]

Nothing goes to waste – it all goes back to Nature!

Nothing goes to waste – it all goes back to Nature!

Absolutely nothing goes to waste when we make our baobab oil and powder.  We would potentially have three ‘waste’ products.  The first is the shell of the fruit, which is cracked open to remove the power and seed in the primary stage of processing.  The second is the seed coat, this is the very hard […]

What's in a name: baobab

What's in a name: baobab

Across Africa baobabs are known by many different names and we know that the fruit have been used for thousands of years. However, the first detailed botanical descriptions were made by Prospero Alpini, a 16th Century physician and botanist living in Venice who spent three years in Cairo. He first saw the fruit being sold in […]

Baobabs in Cornwall: the Eden Project

Baobabs in Cornwall: the Eden Project

Who would have thought there would be a whole week devoted to the Baobab tree in Cornwall, England? But it’s true! The Eden Project, a wonderful organisation devoted to supporting transformative social and environmental enterprises is hosting a Harvest Festival in Cornwall. http://www.edenproject.com/visit-us/whats-on/other-activities/harvest-food-festival-in-cornwall “Baobab Week” is from the 8th – 13th October. They even have […]

The real truth about water in baobab trees

The real truth about water in baobab trees

  There’s a bit of a myth out there that you can tap water out of a baobab which is illustrated by this delightful cartoon. The truth is that a freshly felled baobab trunk weighs about 850kg per cubic meter.  Once dried out, it weighs 200kg per cubic meter.  This means that baobabs are able […]

Look honey! I shrunk the baobab tree!

Look honey! I shrunk the baobab tree!

I  have never quite understood the appeal of bonsai, so I decided to see for myself what it was all about.  I visited Lampies Schoeman who has about 100 trees, surely one of the largest collection of baobab bonsai in the world!  He has grown and created most of his bonsai himself over the last […]

where do you go with the baobab fruit?

where do you go with the baobab fruit?

Last week while on a photo shoot in Venda,  the harvesters asked me where I went with all the baobab fruit I buy from them.  So I said, why don’t you come and see?  We worked out the taxi money from Venda and back and set a date for the following Thursday.   The women […]

EcoProducts and Natural Medicine Magazine

EcoProducts and Natural Medicine Magazine

The contributing authors of Natural Medicine are professionals and experts in their fields, but don't get paid for their article contributions. Instead, they are given gifts of a variety of health and wellness products. EcoProducts is delighted to be a contributor and we hope the authors enjoy their gift of Baobab oil!

Baobab in Healthbox SA

Baobab in Healthbox SA

We think this is such a cool concept! Each month, subscribers to Health Box SA are sent a luxurious combination of health, fitness and wellness products. Each item has been tried, tested and tasted by a panel of experts to ensure that what lands up on subscribers’ doorsteps are the latest, trusted and best-for-you products […]

We'd like you to meet Terres D'afrique

We'd like you to meet Terres D'afrique

They've created a beautiful range based on African botanicals.  Their range is about a passion for nature, for Africa, for travelling the continent and exploring and discovering new plants, places and people. Their products are the result of a yearning to know and understand the full impact of what the African plant kingdom has to offer. […]