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Baobab fruit

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I always try to promote eating local and knowing and supporting your local farmers but there are just some amazing foods that don’t grow in my Los Angeles backyard… of even in the United States for that matter. Although many fruits and vegetables that were once considered just tropically grown can now be found on certain US based farms and orchards, there are many super foods that do better in other climates, like Noni, Acai Berry and this new one… Baobab.

Far from new actually, Baobob trees are dated on the African Continent as far back as 1275 years and they aren’t considered matured until they are approx. 200 years old. (That’s quite some time to wait to harvest the Baobab fruit.) So, if we are looking to add some of these super foods into our diets but they aren’t exactly considered locovre from where you live, I would think the next best thing is finding a group that harvests the fruit sustainably through fair and ethical trade. That’s what the ladies at Bonga Foods did when they started importing Baobab about a year and a half ago.

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Mary and Nancy (pictured here) along with partner Michaeline were looking for healthy snack alternatives for their families when their research brought them to the Baobab fruit.  They started Bonga Food (Bonga means Gratitude in Zulu) and partnered with a fair trade group of women in Limpopo, Africa to harvest the fruit sustainably.  And what started out as a search for healthy, sugar free snacks has turned into Bonga Foods supporting the local women in Limpopo, and the formation of the Bongo Foundation earlier this year.  10% of profits goes back to the foundation to support the harvesters further and to set up a guardianship for the ancient trees.

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The Baobab fruit is surprisingly light to hold as inside is mostly fibers and seeds.  The outside has an interesting velvety texture. The fruits are harvested from the ground and the powder from inside and covering the seeds is what most Baobab products are made from. Bonga Foods currently has two products on the market.  A powdered fiber that is an excellent addition to smoothies, cereal, yogurt, etc… It is raw and organic and contains more antioxidant power then blueberries, pomegranate, goji or even acai.  It has more calcium then milk and tons of fiber. And I love the Bonga Superfruit Chews.  I wish these were around when my kids were little, but these aren’t just for kids.  I keep them in my house and car for a naturally sweet treat and again, they are full of nutrients as well. I love, love, love these! They are also a great addition to trail mix. They come in four flavors: Mango, Pomegranate, Raspberry and Strawberry. This, again, uses the organic Baobab powder and 100% fruit purees, giving it a huge vitamin C kick, antioxidant boost and there are no fats or preservatives!

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Bonga products can currently be purchased in select Whole Foods and Earth Fare stores. You can click here to find one near you or purchase from the Bonga Foods online store.

Mary and Nancy shared some recipes with me using the powder, when I visited with them recently. They whipped up a delicious smoothie and  treated me to some superfood pops which I promptly went home and made for myself. I’ve been making these ever since for a cool summer snack for my family that also happens to be super healthy!  (Just don’t tell my kids!)

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This amazing smoothie consisted of the Bonga Superfood powder, banana, honey, coffee grounds, almond butter, coconut milk, coconut creamer, dark chocolate and a dash of cinnamon. Go here for the full superfood smoothie recipe.

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The Superfood Smoothie pops were made with spinach, strawberries (or other berries), banana, Bonga Superfood powder, coconut water and honey.  When I make them at home, I use whatever berries I happen to have in my ‘fridge and I often don’t even add honey.  Do it to taste. For the best, smooth textured results, use a super duper blender. Go here for the full smoothie popsicle recipe.

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For more recipe ideas, visit their recipe page. And if you happen to be in in the LA area, you can visit them at the Malibu Triathlon on Sept 13 and 14 where they will be set up with a booth and loads of samples!

But you know I got your back… the ladies at Bonga are doing a giveaway! Enter below for your chance to win a variety pack of the delicious chews, the powder and a t-shirt too!

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    August 9, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I’ve heard of baobab, but never tried it. Thanks.

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    hannah harris
    August 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I have not

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    sa collins
    August 9, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I have not tried baobab before and would be grateful to try it. Thank you

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    Holly Guerrio
    August 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I have never heard of baobab.

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    August 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    No, I have never heard of it before.

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    Rita A
    August 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    This is my first time hearing about it. I am now intrigued!

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    Priscilla S.
    August 9, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    No, I have never heard of baobab before.

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    lori r.
    August 9, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    first I’m hearing of it

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    August 9, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Never, but would love to learn more! Now I am intrigued!

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    Amber Jackson
    August 9, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    No But I would Love too!!

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    Pu Ye
    August 9, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I have never heard of baobab

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    August 9, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I have never heard of baobab.

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    Candace Galan-Calderon
    August 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    No but I want to definitely try it….I’m all about antioxidant rich foods!

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    Danielle D
    August 10, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    No I have not

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    Alisha Sienkiel
    August 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway! I’ve never heard of baobab before but I would love to try it!

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      Farm to Table
      August 10, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      You’re welcome! I hadn’t heard of it before trying the bongo foods and the more I read about it, the more health benefits I learn about!

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    Wendy Wallach
    August 10, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Sounds like something I really must try

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    Luci {Luci's Morsels}
    August 11, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I’ve heard on Bonga Foods from you and Eats Real Food blog and have been dying to try it. I only know about the fruit chews, so I’m so excited to see they have other products!!

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      Farm to Table
      August 11, 2014 at 8:07 am

      The fruit chews are so yummy and I’ve been adding the powder to all my smoothies. 🙂 You’ll love it!

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    Dandi D
    August 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    These are such unique and healthy foods–I’d love to try them!

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    August 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Your Super Trail Mix recipe is so simple. I am going to make the trail mix recipe today!

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      Farm to Table
      August 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Oh good! You can make your won or add it to a packaged one for an extra vitamin/flavor boost.

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    August 11, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I’ve known of baobab for years because my father used to own a few vitamin and health rood stores but I never tried it. I’d love to try it now.

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    Vanessa - Natural Family Today
    August 11, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    I have never heard of this brand and would love to try it.

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    August 12, 2014 at 9:31 am

    thanks for a great giveaway!

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    mikaela platter
    August 12, 2014 at 9:55 am

    I wan tto win this so badly!

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    August 12, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I would like to try them

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    krystal pena
    August 12, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I love trying new foods I have never heard of this product before and would love to try it 😛

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    August 12, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Sounds interesting

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    Alice F.
    August 13, 2014 at 7:14 am

    I have heard of bonga foods; however, have not tried the products. Looking forward to sampling these!

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    Laura S
    August 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I have never heard of baobab but now I want to find some & try it.

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    Yulia McKnight
    August 13, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Awesome… I need more antioxidants, calcium and fiber.

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    Sara Sharp
    August 14, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I have never heard of this brand! I would love to try it.

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    Kelly @ Tasting Page
    August 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I’ve never heard of this, but appreciate the education and will have to try!

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    Jaclyn Reynolds
    August 14, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Haven’t tried these yet!

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    Emily N.
    August 14, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    I have never heard of baobab.

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    Erin Madigan
    August 15, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    I have never heard of this brand, but would love to try it!

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    Tiffany DeOs
    August 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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    Lilith Katz
    August 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    No, I have never heard of baobab before but I would love to try it

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    amelia carrington
    August 16, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    awesome giveaway…ive never heard of the Baobab, but it sounds like it can be very beneficial to our bodies..Thanks!

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    Kelly Taylor
    August 16, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    These look great! I love to learn about new and healthy foods.

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    August 17, 2014 at 8:12 am

    What a fantastic prize! I’ve never heard of this brand before but now I’m really curious about it.

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    Noreen Tibor
    August 17, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Sounds interesting. Have never even heard of this before would love to.try

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    heather sullivan
    August 17, 2014 at 10:27 am

    no but id love to try !!

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    Carol N
    August 17, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I have not and would like to try.

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    August 17, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Would love to learn more about these products. Interesting.

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    The Happy Wife/Danielle Garcia
    August 17, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I have never heard of this before. I am interested.

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    Kassie Brown
    August 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    No, I have never heard of it, but it looks like something I would like.

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    August 17, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I’ve heard of baobab but have not yet tried it. I’d like to give these products a try!

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    Rose Santuci-Sofranko
    August 17, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks so much for this opportunity. I think my husband would like this prize. God bless!

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    Paula C
    August 17, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I have never heard of it

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    wen budro
    August 17, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try this….it sounds awesome.

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    Rachel O
    August 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Sounds good! I want to try it now!

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    rebecca pierson
    August 18, 2014 at 2:32 am

    this is also my first time hearing about baobab. i love that it is raw and organic.

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    Melissa Mazzur
    August 18, 2014 at 7:28 am

    First time also but I would love to try it!

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    Maryann D.
    August 18, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I would really enjoy the Superfood Smoothie pops!

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    Linda H.
    August 18, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I have never tried these before and would love to win!

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    August 18, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I have never tried baobab. It sounds good!

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    Kelley Roach
    August 18, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I have never heard of baobab.

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    August 18, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I would love to try this!

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    Stephanie O'Day
    August 18, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I’ve never heard of this product before, but it looks really good!

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    heather c
    August 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I have challenged myself to try new things, and this is something new! I’m a little scared…

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      Farm to Table
      August 18, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      lol That’s pretty funny! There is nothing to be worried about. The fruit chess are so good I literally have to ration them… to myself! And the powder is really hard to taste when added to a smoothie, popsicles, etc… You can do it Heather!!!!!

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    Anne Perry
    August 18, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Thank you for inroducing this to me!!

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