Kalpavriksha Tree, Mangliyawas Kalpavriksha Tree, Mangliyawas Kalpavriksha Tree - Africa Kalpavriksha Tree with Fruits - Africa Kalpavriksha Tree - Banswara Kalpavriksha with Africa - Fruits


In India At Mangaliyawas near Ajmer, Rajasthan, there two-revered trees (Male and Female) that are more than 800 years old. Known as kalpavrikshas, these trees are worshiped on an amavasya day in the Hindu month of Shravan.


The trees usually grow as solitary individuals, and are large and distinctive trees on the savannah, in the scrub, and near settled areas, with some large individuals living to well over a thousand years of age.The tree bears very large, heavy, white flowers. The showy flowers are pendulous with a very large number of stamens. They carry a carrion scent and researchers have shown that they appear to be primarily pollinated by fruit bats of the subfamily Pteropodinae. The fruits are filled with pulp that dries, hardens, and falls to pieces which look like chunks of powdery, dry bread.

The specific epithet digitata refers to the fingers of a hand, which the five leaflets (typically) in each cluster bring to mind.
The baobab is a traditional food plant in Africa, but is little-known elsewhere. The vegetable has been suggested to have the potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development, and support sustainable land care.

The fruit can be up to 25 centimetres (10 in) long and is used to make a drink.

The African baobab's fruit is 6 to 8 inches or 15 to 20 centimetres long. It contains 50% more calcium than spinach, is high in antioxidants, and has three times the vitamin C of an orange.It is sometimes called a superfruit.The leaves can be eaten as relish. The dry pulp is either eaten fresh or dissolved in milk or water to make a refreshing drink. Young fresh leaves are cooked in a sauce, and sometimes are dried and powdered. The powder is called lalo in Mali and sold in many village markets in Western Africa. Oil extracted by pounding the seeds can be used for cooking but this is not widespread.
In 2008, the European Union approved the use and consumption of baobab fruit as an ingredient in smoothies and cereal bars.

Adansonia digitata - baobabs
The United States Food and Drug Administration granted generally recognized as safe status to baobab dried fruit pulp as a food ingredient in 2009.
To grow A. digitata from a seed, cutting into the thick seed coat greatly speeds up germination, from months or years to seven days.