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Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Adansonia
Botanical name: Adansonia digitata
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Sanskrit: Sarpadandi
Hindi: Simachinta
English: Baobab, Bottle tree, Cream of tartar tree, Dead-rat tree, Ethiopian sour bread, Lemonade tree, Monkey-bread tree, Sour gourd
Malayalam: Papparappuli
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
The African baobab's fruit is 6 to 8 inches or 15 to 20 centimetres long. It contains 50% more calcium than spinach, is high in antioxidants, and has three times the vitamin C of an orange. It is sometimes called a super fruit. The leaves can be eaten as relish. The dry pulp is either eaten fresh or dissolved in milk or water to make a refreshing drink. Young fresh leaves are cooked in a sauce, and sometimes are dried and powdered. The powder is called lalo in Mali and sold in many village markets in Western Africa. Oil extracted by pounding the seeds can be used for cooking but this is not widespread.
The whole plant of papparapuli is used for diarrhoea and ulcerated wounds. The drink made from the white powdery substance soaked in water is also used to treat fevers and other complaints.
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