Baobab Fruit – Ubuyu

Baobab Fruit - Ubuyu

Some people call baobab a super food, this is because of its high level of nutrients like vitamin C and calcium. Now it is catching up in western countries. In 2009 the US Department of Agriculture has approved Baobab fruit to be imported to USA, in 2008 UK did the same thing. I am not sure if we will see this fruit in our grocery stores very soon, but that is good news for Baobab juice lovers.

These are the nutrition facts:

  1. This fruit has more than 6 times vitamin C than in oranges
  2. Two times more calcium than in cow milk
  3. High in potassium
  4. High in phosphorus
  5. Contains niacin
  6. Contains riboflavin
  7. High in anti-oxidants than in berries and pomegranate
  8. This is a very good fruit for pregnant and breast feeding women.

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  34 comments for “Baobab Fruit – Ubuyu

  1. shobha watts
    March 10, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Hi please can you advice on e -mail or phone number of people who are selling coloured, and sweetened mabuyu seeds. They sell Inuit powder in Holland and barr ats. But it’s not as tasty as the seeds. I live in London.xx

  2. November 16, 2013 at 1:49 PM


    i am in dar es salaam this month Nov only. Can i get ur book Taste of Tanzania anywhere?

    • November 19, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      I have not confirmed about Tanzania yet. I will post here at the my books page. Keep visiting that page in December, I will have all news about where to get the book

  3. Martin Luther Rich
    October 10, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Anyone in need of Baobab oil from Tanzania, feel free to contact me.


  4. Iyabo
    July 15, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    this tree is spread across African continent its not native to only one country. The tree is so versatile that the leaves, dry or fresh offers a huge range of nutritional benefits. I remember how we children used to kick the baobab pod as balls on our way to schools not knowing the benefit it can offer. but then they were scattered across communities, and have existed so since centuries back. goes to show Best things in life are free. Nonetheless glad it is gaining popularity across the world.

  5. Fatma K.
    April 8, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Jamani naomba mnielekeze jinsi ya kutengeneza sabuni za ubuyu,natamani sana kujua.
    nitashukuru km mkinielekeza

  6. Fatma K.
    April 8, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Jamani naomba mnielekeze jinsi ya kutenengeneza sabuni za ubuyu,
    nitashukuru sana km mkinisaidia

  7. Gerard
    February 22, 2013 at 4:23 AM

    Hi All,

    I’m interested to start business on baobab fruits in the East African region; can anyone tell me how much baobab Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda produce in a year. I know we don’t have enough baobab to build stats for in Burundi and Rwanda.

    looking forward to reading from you


    • Beatrix Ikanda
      March 12, 2013 at 4:38 AM

      Hey Gerlad

      am interested to do business with you please email me for more details or send me your number i will call you

  8. kisa
    September 17, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Habari everyone,

    I am from Kenya but I now live in the States, and I am pregnant craving mabuyu na achari. Can someone please tell me where I can order them onnline and have them delivered.

    Asante sana.

    • September 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      There are a few companies that could export Baobab powder for you in Tanzania. They sent me their information, but I do not have their websites yet. I am not comfortable yet to put their information here on my website. But I will put their information once I visit them in Tanzania to make sure they are genuine.

      For now, there is a company based in UK that do sale the Baobab. I have been in touch with them via email but i have not tried to order from them yet. You can contact them if you want to try. Then you will tell me about their service so that we can help other people who are looking for baobab.

      • December 10, 2012 at 1:58 AM

        Baobab business here in Tanzania is normaly done locally by women to school children. but in infact baobao fruits/powder can be exported in large quantity if the ordering companies abroad can reveal information concernig prices, and terms of payment. the Producing centers are Dodoma, Singida and Tabora. If in need please email me

        • December 15, 2012 at 10:23 PM

          Please email me once the book is out next year. And many thanks for your information. Taste of Tanzania is also to educate people about Tanzanian food and food industry.
          Mingi Love

  9. Nsajigwa Joab Ulisaja
    September 4, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    I am one of the suppliers of Ubuyu oil from Dodoma Tanzania. I have taped the internal market especially in Dodoma itself, Dar es salaam, Mbeya and Arusha. I am planning to extend the market to other parts of the Country, later on else where in the World when necessary.
    Apart from ubuyu oil we have ubuyu powder which is used to make juice and is added in the porridge as a nutrient.

    • September 5, 2012 at 7:46 PM

      Dear Ulisaja,
      Do you mind to publish your email here on the comment so that others can contact you.

    • J. P. Maina
      September 17, 2012 at 6:56 AM

      Hi N. J. Ulisaja,
      I am Kenyan lady and deal with baobab for business, plse can we connect for business purposes?

      • Martin Luther Rich
        October 10, 2013 at 12:06 AM

        Hi, contact me, we can do business together. I am in Tanzania and involved in the baobab oil business.
        My email is

    • Yori B
      September 9, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      What is your email? I need some baobab oil in large quantities. Mine is

      • Martin Luther Rich
        October 10, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        Hello, I have inboxed you (sent you an email).
        I can supply you the oil.
        And for anyone who needs baobab oil from Tanzania, contact me on

  10. Siza Tumbo
    August 10, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    Sister Rose, I am now using Baobab oil. It is even better. There about four small oil pressing plants in Dodoma town. The oil has become very popular in Tanzania now. A little of oil goes for 50,000 to 80,000 Tz shillings in Dar-es-Salaam. The price is likely to drop in the future if processing plants increases and supply improves.

    • August 10, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      Kaka Siza,
      I am planning to do something with Baobab oil. Someone told me about the baobab oil. I will let you know when everything is finalized. The oil is very healthy.
      Mingi Love

  11. ivan earl
    May 26, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    This is interesting. There are many Boab ( Australian) and Baobab trees (Africa) and I have no idea which tree is the source of the antioxidant – does anyone? However, please, don’t worry about the calories – worry about your sugar intake!

  12. February 16, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    SO glad to learn about this wonderful, healthy Ubuyu fruit. Looking forward to taste it.
    Thank you,
    J & C

  13. January 24, 2012 at 5:36 AM

    jamani naombeni mnielekeze jinsi ya kuutengeneza huu ubuyu, mchanganyiko wake ni nini na nini na hatua za kuutengeneza

    • January 24, 2012 at 11:01 AM

      Nina subiri mtu aniletee kutoka Tanzania, halafu ntatengeneza video.

      Asante kwa swali.
      Mingi Love

  14. ozlem
    December 5, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    i love ubuyus but can somebody tell me the amout of calouries it has? is it a lot??

  15. jamal abuhusseni
    October 9, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    i love baobab

  16. Mzee
    February 16, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Does anyone know how to make ubuyu, with the color coating, sugar, and water…? I just got it from Tanzania raw, but I dont know how to make it

    • naushad merali
      April 1, 2011 at 3:28 AM

      Ubuyu does not have to be made. It can just be sucked till you reach the seed which can then be disposed off.
      It has sweet soury taste very similar to Tamarind

      • April 1, 2011 at 7:54 AM

        Many Tanzanian prefer sugar coated ubuyu. I am one of them.

        Just add lots of sugar in little water(mixed with food coloring) until it melts, boil for a while then put the ubuyu in the syrup. Take it out and leave it to cool. don’t leave the ubuyu to dry completely. Put in a plastic bag before it is completely dry.

        Mingi Love

        • yusuf
          October 20, 2011 at 1:55 AM

          i m from india. these seeds are not avilbale here.
          can i buy them online??
          can someone please assist me with it? i have been searching for them everywhere.

          thats my mail address…..
          please help out.
          thank you.

          • zainab mohamed
            February 25, 2013 at 4:46 AM

            I can send them to you, but in what quantity to you want.

  17. November 29, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Wow…i have been sucking the sugar coated mabuyu since my childhood to date but I had no idea of the benefits it has. This type of snack is very common in Mombasa. Also, I didn’t know you could make baobab juice. I will definitely try the recipe when I go back home.

    Thanks for the share.

    • October 24, 2013 at 4:39 AM

      nina bidhaa nyingi kuanzia mafuta,unga,ubuyu,sabuni na jam ya kulia mikate ila wateja hakuna kama unahitaji tutaftane namba yangu ni +255712709179

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