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Baobab is a tree that bears nutrient-rich fruits. Baobab juice locally known as Mabuyu is a delicious drink that can be made from the Baobab fruit. Here is a step-by-step process of making your very own homemade baobab juice/ Mabuyu drink that is sure to tantalize your taste buds.
3-4 ripe baobab Mabuyu fruits
4 cups of water
1-2 tablespoons of honey or some sugar (optional)
Ice cubes (optional)
Step 1: Preparing Baobab Fruits
Baobab fruits can be found in various regions of Africa. If you have access to fresh baobab fruits, you can harvest them by plucking the ripe fruits from the tree. Once harvested, crack open the hard shell and scoop out the powdery pulp. However, if fresh baobab fruits are not readily available, you can find baobab powder in health food stores or online. In Zambia, they are readily available at local markets.
Step 2: Preparing the Mabuyu Drink
In a large bowl, mix the baobab fruit pulp (or baobab powder) with water. Stir vigorously to ensure the pulp dissolves evenly and forms a smooth mixture. Allow the mixture to sit for about an hour or 2 if you like, allowing the flavors to infuse.
Step 3: Straining the Juice
After the mixture has rested, strain it through a fine-mesh sieve to separate the juice from any remaining solids. This step ensures a smoother and more refined texture for your baobab juice.
Step 4: Sweetening the Juice (Optional)
If you prefer a sweeter flavor, you can add honey or some sugar to the strained baobab juice. Start with 1-2 tablespoons and adjust according to your taste preferences. Stir well until the sweetener dissolves completely.
Step 5: Chilling and Serving
Transfer the baobab juice or Mabuyu Drink to a jar and refrigerate it for at least 1-2 hours, allowing it to cool and enhance the flavors. When ready to serve, pour the baobab juice into glasses filled with ice cubes for a refreshing experience.