The unusual tree which also grows in Northern parts of Ghana bears the fruit known as monkey bread. The tree provides a seating place for wise men to share ideas.
The baobab seeds were so refreshingly tasty to snack on after a long warm journey travelling upstream when visiting the Volta region of Ghana in April 2011.
Baobab tree is another amazing tree. Standing majestically in front of my "residence" whilst I worked in Northern Ghana in April 2011, it bears the hairiest fruit I have ever seen.
Known as towa in Dagbani, it is revered for its medicinal use.
Why is it amazing? Well, it is quite rare to find a tree which has many uses:
- the tree produces gum which is traditionally used to numb tooth ache
- the leaves are edible and can be used in soup
- the fruit can be used in ice cream
- the roots can be used as potash for soap making
- the casing of the fruit can be used as a musical instrument
...... the list goes on :)