Ropes, basket nets, snares and fishing lines are made from the fibre found in the inner bark of the tree. The roots and green bark are used to make dyes.

The hard fruit shells are used as pots for beverages and food. The wood is a poor source of fuel; the fruit shells are used instead.

Baobab candy is commonly made and marketed at the Coast. The candy is made by coating the baobab fruit seeds with a coloured, fragrant sugar layer.

The resulting product is locally known as mabuyu or ubuyu. Red food colour is commonly used, however, this is optional as other colours and various flavours can be used.

The main ingredients are the baobab seeds and baobab powder. For the syrup that is used to coat the seeds, you need water, sugar, and food colour.

Optional ingredients that are used to improve flavour and add fragrance are chilli or ground black pepper, ginger, ground nutmeg, ground cardamom and rose water or other types of essence.

Baobab is a dry arid land tree. Value addition to the seeds and other extracts of this tree can be a source of livelihoods to people living in these areas.

The fruit is highly nutritious since it is very rich in Vitamin C, therefore, a source of good human health. This vitamin is an essential nutrient involved in the repair of tissue and enzymatic production of certain neurotransmitters. It is a strong antioxidant.

The writer works in the Department of Human Nutrition, Egerton University.

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