Baobab, rooibos, moringa : three magic plants made in Africa

Baobab, the sacred giant 

It grows in the semi-arid regions of Africa and Australia. The African species (Adansonia digitata) is by far the most popular because of the legends with which it is associated. In Senegal, the country of which it is the emblem, cutting this tree is a sacrilege. The fruit is eaten in syrup or juice. Reduced to powder, the pulp of the fruit also enters into the making of local bread. It is highly prized by pregnant women and serves as a fortifying food for infants. And for good reason: the fruit of the baobab contains six times more vitamin C than an orange ! Its pulp is also a good source of potassium, essential for the functioning of the brain and the muscular system. Rich in phosphorus - essential for bones - in protein and iron, it promotes the flora of the digestive system thanks to its rate of good bacteria.

 

Rooibos, the red treasure of the Khoi San 

For centuries, Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis), which grows in southwestern South Africa, has long been the well-kept secret of the Khoi San who use its leaves to make it a highly energy drink. This "tea", which is drunk green or fermented, is even suitable for infants. The virtues of rooibos, rich in anti-oxidants, mineral salts and vitamins C, are numerous.


Moringa, the miracle tree 

Despite its Indian origins, moringa (Moringa olifeira) is widely cultivated in Africa. Nicknamed "the miracle tree" or "tree of life", and it was documented in Ayurveda as a medicinal herb able to be effective against nearly three hundred diseases. Its nutritional profile is impressive because its leaves contain twice as much protein as yogurt, three more vitamin E than spinach, four times more vitamin A than carrot, three times more potassium than banana and seven times more Of vitamin C than orange. Not to mention its richness in antioxidants, minerals and essential amino acids. Wholly edible, moringa lends itself readily to culinary preparations and remains a sought-after ingredient in bio-cosmetology.