Among one of the many fascinating sights you will see in Africa, the Baobab tree, is truly a remarkable tree in so many ways! It has been known to be called, the "tree of life" , the "upside down tree" or the "monkey bread tree." This tree is truly a wonder! It can provide shelter, clothing, food and water for humans and animals.
It is a succulent, which means that during the rainy season it absorbs & stores water in its vast trunk enabling it to produce a nutrient-dense fruit. In the dry season, it provides food and shelter from the sun during a long, dry season. 80% of the trunk is water!
This tree can reach at its biggest 82 feet/25 meters high and 46 feet/14 meters in diameter! These photos were taken in Northern Ghana during the dry season. It appears that these trees are smaller then they look. A lot of their roots are above ground making it appear that the tree is "upside down".
The baobab tree produces "super-fruit". It is a velvet-covered oblong gourd filled with black seeds, that are covered with a powdery pulp. The fruit is about 18 cm long, the size of a coconut weighing 3.2 lbs. This fruit contains high levels of vitamin C, Magnesium, potassium, and dietary fibers.
Baobab is the only fruit in the world that dries naturally on its branch. Instead of dropping and spoiling, it stays on the branch and bakes in the sun for 6 months - transforming its green velvety coating into a hard coconut-like shell. The pulp of the fruit dries out completely. This means the fruit simply needs to be harvested, deseeded and sieved to produce a delicious pure fruit powder.
The bark can be used to weave rope and cloth. It also makes soap, rubber and glue. The leaves can be used for traditional medicine and "spinach like" dishes.
It's no wonder that this tree has been called the tree of life! Just Magnificient!
I would like to think that Christ is our "Baobab tree". He is our life giver. He gives food for the soul, provides for our many physical needs, and shelters us from the storms of life. His food, God's Word, is our very life. His words are like super fruit to our souls. Packed with all the nutrients and vitamins that we need. His roots extend strong and deep giving us stability. He has all the resources to sustain us through the droughts of life. Truly magnificent!
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6