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"The baobab tree" Top 5 Page for this destination Togo Off The Beaten Path Tip by grets

Togo Off The Beaten Path: 10 reviews and 22 photos


The Baobab Tree. Also popularly known as the Upside-Down-Tree. Some places it is also known as the Monkey Bread Tree. One of the great wonders of Africa, and one of my lasting memories from this continent. It is such a versatile tree, with many uses both for nature and man. The tree is capable of storing huge amounts of water in its trunk – up to 120,000 litres in fact.

Uses for man from the baobab tree include:

Leaves can be eaten as a vegetable
Leaves are also ground to a powder
The dry pulp of the fruit is eaten either as it is or in a porridge
Seeds are used to thicken soups
Seeds are also used to produce vegetable oil
The trunk is used as fuel
The branches and trunk are used to produce fibre

Baobabs are sacred to the animists in Togo and many ethnic groups will only build their home near to or alongside a baobab tree. Sometimes they will bill a shrine at the base of the tree, as in picture 2.

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  • Updated Feb 27, 2007
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