Baobab (Adansonia digitata) is a multipurpose, widely-used African tree. Baobab occurs scattered in savannahs, often near dwellings. It has numerous medicinal properties and (non-)food uses. Young leaves, rich in minerals/vitamins, are cooked as spinach and sauces. Fruit pulp is high in Vitamin C, and is dissolved in water or milk and drunk, used as sauce or fermenting agent, etc. Seed kernels are eaten fresh, dry or ground and used in cooking, as thickening/flavouring agent, or roasted. Seeds are also a source of cooking oil. Bark fibre is used for rope, basket nets, fishing lines and weaving.
Tamarind (Tamarindus indica Lam.) is grown for subsistence and some commercial production in Asia and Latin America, however it often occurs wild in the tropics. In Africa unimproved trees are often commercially exploited, but are considered as underutilised crop. Tamarind fruit pulp is the richest known natural source of tartaric acid and is used for flavouring chutneys, sauces and juices. Sweet varieties can also be consumed as table fruit. Its leaves are a source of food and medicine. Tamarind wood is used for timber, tool handles, charcoal and fuel wood. Seed kernel powder, the major industrial product, is an important material used in sizing of textiles and paper.
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  • baobab (Adansonia digitata)
  • tamarind (Tamarindus indica Lam.)
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  • baobab (Adansonia digitata)
  • tamarind (Tamarindus indica Lam.)
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