Hundreds of riders in the first ever Eden Classic cycle ride on Sunday, May 10 will be the first to sample a unique energy bar made from the African fruit baobab.
Eden sous chef Mike Greer, who is taking part in the event, has devised the treat with fruit from the baobab tree and it will be available at feed stations on the route.
Eden is partnering with fellow Cornwall charity Tempus Leisure to deliver the spectacular mass participation cycle which will see more than 600 riders take part.
Chef Mike and his team have used baobab – six times richer in vitamin C than oranges – and then added in banana, apricot, chocolate, oats, honey and raisins to make the tasty energy bars.
Used as a powdered fruit in the UK, in Africa, nutrient-rich leaves and young baobab seedlings are eaten in addition to the fruit and people chew the wood to obtain water in times of drought. The flowers can be made into honey, the wood is used for fuel and timber and the trunk for storing water.
Mike said: “Baobab is a great food story. The fruit works well in both food and drink. It is very good for you and we thought it would be the ideal ingredient for an energy bar on what will be a challenging ride for everyone, including me.
Last week, acclaimed British cycling brand Boardman Bikes was announced as sponsor of the Eden Classic which will be one of the biggest mass cycle events Cornwall has seen. Riders will have the unique chance to pedal the length of Eden past the Rainforest and Mediterranean Biomes as they start and finish their journeys.
The three route distances are 36, 62 and 100 miles. All take in a refreshment stop at The Lost Gardens of Heligan. Friends and family of Eden Classic participants can enjoy Eden and Heligan free of charge on the day.
For more information and to enter the Eden Classic go to: www.edenproject.com/edenclassic.