Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Nutritious Mandu ki Imli

Mandu in the Malva region of Madhya Pradesh has many unusual plants. One of them is the Mandu-ki- Imli tree which is better known as Baobab tree. The Baobab tree must have been brought to this region from Africa in antiquity, as it is not a native of India. People of the region have made good use of the highly nutritious fruit of the tree, which is locally known as Mandu ki Imli tree. The dried fruit contains seeds covered in fibrous material, which are sour to taste. They are said to contain more vitamin C than oranges.
Most of the baobab trees are huge- and some are said to be 500 years old. During the dry season, the trees store water in their trunks. The leaves of the tree are also used as a green vegetable.
This picture of the baobab tree is from Wikipedia.

8 comments:

  1. Interesting! I wish I could taste the leaves. Btw the fruit looks like root and looks huge.

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  2. It look like potato to me! Does it taste sweet?

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  3. The fruits look like sweet potato to me too. I think baobab trees are awesome!

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  4. I too mistook them for sweet potatoes when I saw them first. These fruit grow on huge trees, unlike the sweet potato which grows underground a vine.They are sour.

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  5. didn't know that this tree has fruits.

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  6. there is great info u've put up on ur blog...hats off!!!

    cheers,
    My Third Eye

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  7. It has great medicinal value.

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