Tag: baobab powder

EcoProducts: we’re in the Healthbox SA

A few months ago, we told you about Healthbox SA which we think is such a cool concept! Each month, subscribers to Health Box SA are sent a luxurious combination of health, fitness and wellness products. Each item has been tried, tested and tasted by a panel of experts to ensure that what lands up on subscribers’ doorsteps are the latest, trusted and best-for-you products available. Last time our Baobab oil featured and this month EcoProducts Baobab Superfruit powder makes its debut appearance in the Healthbox.

Health Box SA delivers – to the subscriber’s door – all the best healthy products the wellness market has to offer!

To try it out for yourself, click here for more details http://buff.ly/15AQ7rC

 

 

Nothing goes to waste – it all goes back to Nature!

Absolutely nothing goes to waste when we make our baobab oil and powder.  We would potentially have three ‘waste’ products.  The first is the shell of the fruit, which is cracked open to remove the power and seed in the primary stage of processing.  The second is the seed coat, this is the very hard outer layer of the seed itself.  We remove this just before we extract the oil as it does not contain any oil.  The third is the seed cake, this is left over after we have pressed the seed.   The fruit shells are used as a fuel in our Donkey Boiler to make hot water for our staff to shower.  The baobab seed coats are used as mulch in our vegetable and flower gardens.  Lastly the seed cake is used by livestock farmers in the area as feed for their cattle and sheep.  Nothing is left after we've processed the baobab seed pods  – it all goes back to Nature. 

where do you go with the baobab fruit?

Last week while on a photo shoot in Venda,  the harvesters asked me where I went with all the baobab fruit I buy from them.  So I said, why don’t you come and see?  We worked out the taxi money from Venda and back and set a date for the following Thursday.  

The women travelled 200km to visit EcoProducts in Makhado. They arrived in their beautiful Minwendas (traditional venda dress).  I could not resist the temptation of putting on my Minwenda which was given to me by Chief Sumbana a few years ago.  

We showed the women around the premises and they chatted with all the staff.  When they saw what the fruit was being used for and how we process the powder and oil, they realized why I am so fussy about the quality of fruit I buy from them.  There was such tremendous ‘buy-in’ from them, once they understood the importance of the harvesting work they did. They felt part of a greater process rather than just the suppliers of the fruit.  

We showed them the cracking, separating, sieving and packing of the powder.  They also were amazed by the oil press and that such a small dry seed could produce oil.

and the harvesting and processing season begins!

After our community workshop on Monday, my manager Colly started visiting the villages to buy our first fruit for the season.  The fruit are packed into bags then loaded onto our pick-up and trailer.  Each women is paid on delivery, so that she does not have to wait for payment.  


The bags of fruit are transported back to our factory in Makhado.  Here a team of women break open the fruit and extract the powder and seed that is inside the fruit.  The powder is separated from the seeds, is then finely sieved and packed into our tubs and the seed is sent to our seed press for oil pressing.