The thousand-year-old baobab tree, emblem of Senegal, produces a fruit called "monkey bread" by the local population.
The baobab is renowned for its exceptional resistance to drought, as it can store thousands of liters of water in its trunk!
Every part of the baobab tree can be put to good use:
- The leaves are used as compresses, brewed as tea or made into lotions.
- he bark can be used for therapeutic purposes in traditional medicine, but is more frequently used to make rope!
- And the "monkey bread", of course, has a great variety of uses.
The fruit is harvested from February to May in the Sine Saloum region, where we obtain our supplies.
When opened, this oversized "bean" reveals a white pulp within.
The pulp is employed in traditional medicine but can also be used to make a highly refreshing beverage commonly consumed in Senegal. It is called "bouye".
The pulp contains numerous small, orangey-brown seeds. It is these seeds that are collected, cleaned and left to dry.
Before being pressed, they must first be crushed. Then the shells must be separated from the powder by sifting.
A hydraulic press is used to extract the baobab oil from the crushed seeds.
The amount of oil contained in a Baobab seed is estimated at 5%. This makes AFRICAJOU Baobab Oil truly exceptional and precious, both because it is so rare and because of its therapeutic benefits, which have been known for thousands of years.
ONE tree produces ONE liter of oil per year!
Operating in a spirit of fair trade and solidarity, AFRICAJOU helps provide work for many women in the Siné-Saloum region of Senegal as well as looking after the Baobab parks in the area.