The baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) is native to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, though these days it can be found in most countries within the African continent.
Baobab has many common names including the monkey bread tree, the cream of tartar tree, and the “upside down tree” – a reference to its striking silhouette at sunset which gives the appearance of the tree being uprooted and stood on end.
In fact, there are eight species of baobab tree. In addition to the one in Africa – one of the oldest species of trees on the planet, dating back about 6000 years – there is also one in Australia, six in Madagascar.
The tree produces heavy white flowers that are pollinated by fruit bats at night. These eventually become long green or brownish fruits that resemble small gourds.
Beneath the hard shell of the fruit is a soft, whitish…
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