Land of the Baobab Trees

David Shepherd

david shepherd land of the baobab trees print
'Land of the Baobab Trees.'
Signed Limited Edition
Date of publication 1989
Image Size 14" x 28.5"
Mint condition,in publisher's original portfolio

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Radiocarbon dating has provided data on a few individuals of A. digitata.
The Panke baobab in Zimbabwe was some 2,450 years old when it died in 2011, making it the oldest angiosperm ever documented, and two other trees,
Dorslandboom in Namibia and Glencoe in South Africa, were estimated to be approximately 2,000 years old.
Another specimen known as Grootboom was dated and found to be at least 1275 years old.
The Glencoe baobab, a specimen of A. digitata in Limpopo Province, South Africa, was considered to be the largest living individual, with a maximum circumference of 47 m (154 ft)[26] and a diameter of about 15.9 m (52 ft).
The tree has since split into two parts, so the widest individual trunk may now be that of the Sunland baobab, or Platland tree, also in South Africa.
The diameter of this tree at ground level is 9.3 m (31 ft) and its circumference at breast height is 34 m (112 ft).
Two large baobabs growing in Tsimanampetsotse National Park were also studied using radiocarbon dating.
One called Grandmother is made up of three fused trunks of different ages, with the oldest part of the tree an estimated 1,600 years old. The second, 'polygamous baobab', has six fused stems, and is an estimated 1,000 years old.

Food uses
The white pith in the fruit of the Australian baobab (A. gregorii) tastes like sherbet.
It has an acidic, tart, citrus flavor.
It is a good source of vitamin C, potassium, carbohydrates, and phosphorus.
The dried fruit powder of Adansonia digitata, baobab powder, contains about 11% water, 80% carbohydrates (50% fiber),
and modest levels of various nutrients, including riboflavin, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and phytosterols, with low levels of protein and fats.
Vitamin C content, described as variable in different samples, was in a range of 74 to 163 milligrams (1.14 to 2.52 gr) per 100 grams (3.5 oz) of dried powder.
In 2008, baobab dried fruit pulp was authorized in the EU as a safe food ingredient, and later in the year was granted GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status in the United /> In Angola, the dry fruit of Adansonia digitata is usually boiled and the broth is used for juices or as the base for a type of ice cream known as gelado de mucua. In Zimbabwe, the fruit Adansonia digitata is used in traditional food preparations which include 'eating the fruit fresh or crushed crumbly pulp to stir into porridge and drinks'.

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