Avenue of the Baobabs on the island of Madagascar
The Indigenous peoples of sub-Saharan Africa, where baobabs grow wild, have long relied on the trees for a variety of uses. The fruit, seeds, and leaves are all edible, and in some places, the wood pulp is a fermentation ingredient in local beers. Here in Madagascar, the trees are a national symbol, and the Avenue of the Baobabs showcases a few dozen of the majestic titans.
Legends swirl around the trees, especially those explaining their odd appearance: Some tales say they were once uprooted and then turned upside down, leaving roots up in the air where limbs should be. Conservation efforts for the Avenue of the Baobabs got a boost in 2018 when an ecotourism program funded more protective measures for this unique walk among the giants.
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