Baobab fruit, the emblem of Senegal, a famous “superfood”

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It is a strange looking fruit. Ripe brown horn, smooth peel, inside which appears dry and fibrous white pulp and black seeds. Monkey bread – called boy In Senegal – is the fruit of the baobab tree. A “superfood”, with a refreshing taste, combines the advantages: rich in calcium twice as much as a portion of milk, five times richer in vitamin C than oranges, with a high content of potassium and magnesium, excellent antioxidants, and rich in fibre. So it’s no surprise that bouy is traditionally cooked in many ways in Senegal, the country where the baobab is symbolized.

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Into powder, juice, syrup, cake or jam, Awa Samp turns monkey bread in the Fatek region, southeast of the capital, Dakar. “It is also with its powder that we cook Ngalakhtraditional preparation for the celebration of the end of Lent »explains the director of the Economic Interest Group for Young Entrepreneurs in Sukon.

While export sales have declined since the crisis linked to the coronavirus pandemic, the vast majority of the processor’s products are sold in the local markets, which have the capacity to absorb a large portion of the Senegalese production generated by many small-scale processing operations. The companies that make a living from it.

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Little Boy Cakes sold to children after school, for example, is the main product of Yasin Ndu, who heads the small manufacturing company Yas Agro. “We harvest monkey bread in Casamance, then cook the meat in Dakar, turning it into powder to make biscuits,” Explains the young entrepreneur.

Maxence Salou, founder of small business Laafi Zaaka in Burkina Faso, has innovated by turning monkey bread seeds into a black powder that he sells as Baobab coffee without caffeine. “I used meat to make calcium-rich supplements, but I threw the seeds away, it was a waste. So I sought to value these wastes which strengthen the immune system and help regulate blood pressure,” Explains the Burkinabe who came to sell their products in Senegal.

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In recent years, this heirloom fruit has begun to appear from the family’s kitchens to occupy the shelves of organic stores, such as the online store Soreetul, which specializes in distributing natural products manufactured in Senegal. On this particular platform, Mariama Diem, founder of Batouly, a “100% local” juice manufacturer in Thies, sells its innovative products based on Senegalese products. It was Bowie who topped the sales.

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