It’s a problem that we hope, for the sake of our baobab farmer’s livelihoods, doesn’t become any bigger. The fruit from the baobab tree contains more vitamin C than oranges and kiwis.
Here are our top ten fascinating baobab tree facts: .
It’s not unusual for these trees to live for 2,000 years and have trunks of 15 metres in circumference.
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It’s also said that two intertwined baobab trees in Madagascar are that way because of a young couple from different villages who fell in love, quite against the wishes of the elder villagers.
These two trees are still intertwined, centuries later, together forever, just as the young couple had wanted to be.
It’s the spare hollows the tree isn’t using that ingenious farmers use to safely store grain and farming tools, reducing the need for extra buildings, freeing up precious space for extra farming.
Plus that’s not all, the leaves of the tree are cooked and eaten as a spinach-like vegetable, the fibrous pulp that comes from the bark is used to make paper, clothing, grain sacks and fishing nets and the sap is used to make glue, rubber and soap.
In fact, there’s one living in the Limpopo Province of South Africa that’s said to be over 6,000 years old and have a trunk that measures 47 metres all the way around. The baobab tree doesn’t grow to form rings in its trunk like other trees, so can only be roughly dated using carbon dating.
With its spindly branches, the baobab tree looks like it’s been de-rooted, turned upside down and planted again.
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