What Are Some Baobab Tree Facts?


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Baobab trees are native to Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa and Namibia. They are present in geographic regions characterized by a hot climate coupled with low rainfall and thrive in stony woodland areas with well-drained soil.

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Baobab trees are valued for their nutritional and medicinal qualities. The seeds of the baobab trees can be roasted and eaten or used as a thickening agent for soups. The leaves are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals and are safe for human consumption. The fruit of the baobab tree is also valued for its many health benefits and is often ground into a powder to be eaten by pregnant women and the elderly. The wood of the tree is also used for fuel and building material. Baobab trees have been successfully planted in India and Australia.

Baobab trees have adapted to surviving in harsh climates, and they can live to be 3,000 years old. They have responded to environmental threats by developing resistance to drought, fire, and termites. One way they have adapted to their dry surroundings is by storing large amounts of water in their trunks. For this reason, elephants and other animals sometimes try and tear the trees down in order to get to their stored water supply.

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