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Baby boabs are the seedling stage of the large boab trees found in the Kimberley region. The seed of the fruit found in pods attached to the tree is planted and then grown for approximately 16 weeks depending on the season. This produces a tuber up to 30 centimetres long, with fresh, succulent, edible leaves on top.
The boab tubers are very versatile and can be used in most dishes both raw and cooked. The texture of the tubers are crisp and crunchy like that of a water chestnut but with a refreshing taste that can adapt to the other flavours of any recipe. The leaves have a nutty flavour unlike that of any other salad vegetable and can be used in salads or a garnish.
Nutritionally the boab tubers are high in iron and potassium, with a high level of protein (for a vegetable) and fibre and a relatively low fat content. The boab leaves are high in vitamins A and C.
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Recipes, Roots, Western Australia
Food Science | Plant Sciences
Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia. (2006), Baby boabs : the exciting new taste sensation from the Kimberley in Western Australia. Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 4672.