Meet the baobab
The name “baobab” might not sound familiar, but you probably recognize the iconic tree from African landscapes or movies like "Black Panther" and “The Lion King.” It mainly grows in the semi-deserts of Africa. Known for its strength, the baobab can grow nearly 100 feet tall with a thick trunk that can reach 150 feet in diameter.
The baobab is also one of the longest-living trees on Earth, with a lifespan of up to 3,000 years. Despite harsh conditions, these giant trees remain remarkably resilient and save all their water for the fruits they bear once a year. They are known as the "Tree of Life" or "Magic Tree" because of the pluri-secular use in local nutritional and medical applications.
The Magical Legacy of the Baobab
The baobab has long symbolized longevity and protection in African culture. It is a center for community life in many villages and a national symbol. When made into a drink, the nutrient-dense fruit is thought of as a fountain of youth or an “elixir of life.”
Many legends have been inspired by this tree and are still passed down to generations today. Among them is the story that explains its unusual appearance — when God created the baobab, the tree kept walking away so God pulled it out of the ground and replanted it upside down.