Baobab fruit in your diet is said to increase energy levels, boost the immune system, maintain a healthy heart function, promote healthy skin, improve your sleep patterns, as well as reduce fatigue. It is bursting with antioxidants. Even though I live in Africa, I have never found fresh Baobab fruit. I have heard all about its wonderful health benefits so have always been curious to try it.
I discovered EcoProducts in a health shop recently. They are based in the far north of South Africa, in Limpopo Province, where baobab trees grow. Sarah Venter, the owner, believes in making a positive impact on society and our environment.
Thus EcoProducts source their fruit ethically and fairly and ensure that harvesting is sustainable. EcoProducts are fully involved in production from source to dispatch.
Baobab fruit are sourced directly from communities, bringing about much needed economic benefits. And all processing, extraction and packaging takes place at EcoProducts premises.
Processing time from fruit cracking to final sealed product is one to two days. This guarantees a light-coloured powder with a fresh, tangy-sweet taste. It’s convenient to use and can be easily enjoyed mixed into drinks, smoothies, breakfast cereals, desserts, savoury dishes and much more. Baobab powder is loaded with Vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, iron and digestive fibre. It’s also one of the richest plant-based sources of calcium, at 1.5 times more than almonds. Our diets are often deficient when it comes to these minerals and baobab powder is an excellent source of these nutrients.
Make this your one sugar spoil in what’s left of summer. It’s heavenly.
Fruity Baobab Sorbets
Bursting with fresh, fruity flavours with a zesty, tart twist of organic baobab powder, these Fruity Baobab Sorbets are instant summer pleasers for when you might crave a light, cool and refreshing dessert.
We’ve chosen fruit for their brilliant colour and summer-sweet flavours. Try one, try them all, or invent your very own combinations.
Sorbet base (makes one batch)
1 cup water
1 cup castor sugar
2 Tbsp baobab powder
4 cups fresh fruit, peeled and chopped into chunks
(choose one, or make all three)
Watermelon, Baobab and Raspberry
3 cups watermelon
1 cup raspberries
Pineapple and Baobab
4 cups chopped and peeled pineapple
Kiwi, Baobab, and Lime Zest
3 ½ cups kiwi fruit
½ cup lime juice
Optional: pinch of lime zest
Bring the water to a simmer, dissolve the sugar, and allow cooling. If you’re planning to make all three flavours, prepare three separate batches of syrup.
Blend one batch of fruit, baobab powder, and cooled syrup until smooth.
If you’re not sure the consistency is correct, before freezing the fruit mixture for the first time, test the sorbet’s consistency using an ‘egg test’.
Gently lower a washed egg into the mixture; if it’s too thick, most of the egg will stick out above the surface. In this case, add more water. If the mixture is too runny, the egg will sink below the surface. In this case, add more sugar.
If it’s the perfect consistency, about 2½ cm of the egg will be visible above the surface.
Now pour the mixture into a freezer-friendly container or bowl.
Option 1: Wait for it freeze solid (overnight will do) and then blend – you’ll need to break the mixture into pieces then blend piece by piece until blended before pouring back
into the bowl and refreezing.
Option 2: Just before it becomes frozen solid, (you’ll need to check from time to time) mix it up with a fork to make a slushy consistency and then refreeze
Your sorbet should be ready in 4-6 hours, depending on your freezer, and the depth of your bowl. If it’s frozen a little too solid, simply give it a few minutes to soften before serving.
Will serve between 8-16 guests depending on appetite!