|Baobab dried fruit pulp Adansonia digitata
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Baobab (Adansonia digitata) dried fruit pulp
GRAS Notice No. GRN 000273
The notice informs FDA of the view of PhytoTrade Africa (PhytoTrade) that Baobab dried
fruit pulp is GRAS, through scientific procedures, for use as an ingredient in blended fruit
drinks and fruit cereal bars at levels up to 10 percent and 15 percent, respectively.
PhytoTrade Africa, UNITED KINGDOM
PhytoTrade describes the identity and composition of Baobab dried fruit pulp.
PhytoTrade states that Baobab dried fruit pulp is a free-flowing, coarsely milled powder
derived from the fruit of the baobab tree (A. digitata). The color is described as off-white
to cream, and the flavor as tart and acidic. PhytoTrade discusses the composition of
Baobab dried fruit pulp noting that Baobab dried fruit pulp contains approximately 79
percent carbohydrates, 14 percent moisture, 6 percent ash, 2 percent protein, and 0.5
percent total fat, in addition to appreciable concentrations of the vitamins C, B1 and B2,
as well as the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium.
Compositional details provided by PhytoTrade include the specific fatty acids
(predominantly palmitic, oleic, linoleic and alpha-linoleic acids), amino acids,
carbohydrates (predominantly pectin and glucose) and organic acids (predominantly
citric acid) present in Baobab dried fruit pulp. PhytoTrade includes a table of values
which compares the macronutrient and micronutrient content of Baobab dried fruit pulp to
a number of other commonly consumed fruits and legumes. PhytoTrade notes that
Baobab dried fruit pulp is similar in nutrition and composition to the ranges of nutrients
observed in other types of fruit and legumes commonly consumed.