By Jana-Mari Smith – 26 October 2012
Knowledge and wisdom are like a Baobab tree, one person’s arms cannot encompass it – African proverb
The immense trunk and thin branches sprouting up into the air have led to various apt nicknames for the majestic Baobab tree.
‘The tree of life’ or the ‘Upside down tree’ are just some of the names used to describe a tree, which not only awes with it’s sheer size and odd look, but also offers shelter to animals and people, tools such as rope and cloth, medicine and nutrition.
The by-names differ from tribe to tribe, country to region, and is a clear sign that this tree, despite it’s awkward look and formiddable size, is one of the most beloved features of the African bush, and it’s most useful.
The babobab tree fruit, which is a velvety green fruit that grows from white flowers, has been used over hundreds of centuries by people living close to this magical tree.
Claims vary, but many say it eases stomach troubles and fevers, and because of it’s high Vitamin C, potassium, calcium and magnesium, it is a natural immune booster.
The baobab tree is one of the oldest living trees in the world. The oldest known Baobab is around 6 000 years old. Circumferances can extend to close to 30 meters.
The Baobab (Adansonia digitata) is most certainly a tree, under which you can stand and realize the breadth and width of life. From forever to miniscule. Guess which one’s we are?
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