Kalpvriksh / Adensonia Digitata
They have traditionally been valued as sources of food, water, health remedies or places of shelter and are steeped in legend and superstition.
Young fresh leaves are cooked in a sauce and sometimes are dried and powdered. Baobab leaves can be eaten as a relish.
India’s folklore holds
several theories regarding baobab’s arrival to the country. One legend holds that Lord Krishna went to
Africa and returned with the seeds, while other Hindu myths allege that the
trees came into creation when the demons and gods churned the sea. This
swelling and swirling created nine jewels, one of which was the baobab tree.
Today, locals still refer to the majestic specimens as kalpvriksha, or, the wish-fulfilling tree.