Baobab tree- a walking tree
Baobab trees are different looking deciduous trees which are mainly grown in Australia and Africa. Some of them have been growing there for 3,000 years. The Baobab trees can survive in the very hot blistering climate of the dry season, this is because they can store water in their trunk.
Baobab tree benifits
The Baobab can grow from 5 upto 30 meters tall and have trunk diameters of 7 to 11 meters. This tree is known as the tree of life because it provides huge benifits compared to other trees on the earth. The leaves, fruits and seeds of these trees are edible. They are rich in vitamins and nutrients. The Baobab tree flowers are big and whitish in colour and they open in the night. The fruits of this tree are used to make drinks. The fruits contain tartaric acid and vitamin C.
As the tree gets older the trunk becomes hollow, which serves as shelter for animals and humans. One of the Baobab tree in Zimbabwe is very huge and hollow, it can accommodate nearly 40 people. These trees are used to make different things like bags, ropes, glue, baskets, instruments and cloth etc.
The tree leaves are used for medical purposes. They are used to cure bladder and kidney diseases, asthama, certain insect bites, fertility problems, etc.
Myths and facts about Baobab
This tree is also known as an upside down tree. This is because the spreading branches of this tree look like roots grown up into the air, as if it had been planted upside down.
There is a story behind this tree, it is said that God planted the Baobab tree, then the tree started walking and God didn’t like Baobab moving. And for this reason God pulled off the Baobab tree and replanted upside down to stop its movement. Some of them believe this story and some people say that it’s just a myth.
African natives believe that women living nearer to the more number of Baobab trees give birth to more children compared to those who live in outskirts. Women here drink the soup rich in vitamins made from the tree leaves. Some tribes belive that their children become strong by washing them with water soaked in the bark of Baobab tree.
Few people believe that if someone plucks the Baobab flower, they are eaten by lion and those who drink Baobab seeds soaked water, they will be safe from crocodile attack.