FAQ

Do you cut down baobab trees to produce your drinks?

Not at all. Our drinks are made from baobab fruit, from the pulp to be more precise. Baobab fruit grows every year from August and is picked after ripening between December and March. Baobab trees are not damaged in anyway during fruit harvesting. 

What does a baobab fruit look like?

It looks like a baobab fruit – and if you’ve never seen one, it’s pretty similar to a cocoapod. A baobab fruit has a rugby ballshape and canbe up to 20cm long with a 10cm diameter. To see what a baobab fruit looks like, you can click here

Are there baobab trees in France?

Unfortunately there are none in France. The climate in France is not suitable: it’s a tree which requires a lot of warmth, very little water and does not deal well with the cold. 

How many fruits does a baobab tree produce, and over which time period?

A baobab tree produces on average between 100 to 200 fruits per year, harvesting for the fruit takes place between December and March.

What exactly is a superfruit?

A superfruit is a fruit with exceptional properties, with a vitamin, mineral, and nutrient content which exceeds that of a classic fruit. Pulp from the baobab fruit contains 6 times more vitamins than an orange, 3 times more calcium than milk and 7 times more antioxidants than a pomegranate.

Does importing baobab fruit disadvantage local people?

The Baobab superfruit has been used in traditional medicine for decades. It is still used by the local population. Our approach is to give value to the baobab fruit and contribute to the development of this sector in Africa. Our “adopt a baobab” scheme launched in 2016 has enabled us to plant 600 baobabs to support local production and develop the cooperative that we work with which more than 400 families rely on during the harvest period.

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Why is baobab pulp dehydrated?

At the moment a baobab fruit ripens on the tree, the desiccation process begins, as the water contained in the fruit evaporates. This natural process allows the avoidance of mould and other moisture which can damage the fruit’s properties. When harvested, the pulp contained in the fruit is dry. When we produce our drinks were-hydrate the pulp with water to reverse the evaporation that naturally takes place during the drying period. We obtain rehydrated pulp which is the base for our drinks.

Why is the baobab content in your drinks so low?

The pulp which we harvest is completely dry as a result of the natural drying process which takes place on the tree (see question/answer above). This means that the pulp needs to be rehydrated and that the quantity of pulp contained in each of our drinks corresponds to the optimal quantity to preserve nutritional benefits as well as a good balance of flavours. Above a 6% content of dry baobab pulp, the drink becomes too thick.

Do your drinks contain added sugar?

For our Superfruit range and our Baobab Superfruit Boost Guarana product, we have chosen to soften the baobab pulp, giving it a tangy taste,  with a drop of agave fairtrade syrup which has a low glycemic index*: three times lower than that of white sugar. 

For our drinks Baobab Superfruit Boost Guarana Hibiscus, Baobab Superfruit Boost Guarana Ginger and Baobab Superfruit Boost Guarana Lemon, there are no added sugar and only natural sugars from the fruits used are present in our drinks.

*The glycemic index refers to the capacity of a type of food to release a certain quantity of glucose into the blood stream after digestion.

Where are your drinks made?

Our drinks are produced in France. This way we have complete control over production, can guarantee quality and also minimise our carbon footprint.

Do your drinks contain preservatives?

There are no preservatives present in our drinks. They are flash pasteurised : this is a technique which allows the product to be heated very rapidly to kill microorganisms and then be cooled rapidly to preserve a maximum of nutritional benefits and properties of taste.

Do your drinks contain gluten?

Absolutely not, all of our products are gluten free.

Is Matahi suitable for children?

The Superfruit range is suitable for children, which baobab pulp even being recommended for growing children.

The Superfruit Boost range is enriched with guarana, an Amazonian berry which naturally contains caffeine so therefore the consumption of this range by children should be limited.

What is guarana?

Guarana is an Amazonian berry used for its energising properties. It contains natural caffeine which is a stimulant. 

How long can I keep a bottle for after opening?

An open bottle will remain fresh providing it is consumed within 5 days.

Where can I buy your drinks?

Our drinks are available in many organic shops and cafes/restaurants.
If you would like to find out more about our points of sale, you can take a look at out Points of Sale section.
If you can not find a point of sale which suits you, you can order our drinks via our Buy Online section. 


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