Ghanaian is not only known for their rich culture, diverse wild life and multi-ethnic societies but also for unusual and unorthodox use of their flora and fauna.
One such example is seen in the use of Baobab trees.
Baobab tree is common in African Savannah and frequently found in Ghana.
Baobab tree’s physical appearance has some distinctive features.
It looks like a tree turned upside down. Roots seem bulging out in the air and branches are apparently buried in the soil.
The tree trunk can have diameters of 30 feet and can grow as long as 60 feet.
Its foliage can spread up to diameter of 150 feet.
You will find hollow trunks of this peculiar but abundantly found Baobab tree in villages of Ghana.
This is because people use trunk wood to make pots to store rain water.
Because of its thick texture one will find school children studying under this natural sun shade to be a part of formal or informal education.
The bark as a whole is used in making ropes and clothes for local use.
Nature provided this Baobab tree with gourd like sweet fruit very much eatable. But the creativity of local Ghanaian made it more ‘fruitful’.
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