Sunday, July 12, 2009
Moringa oleifera is an incredible plant that is not widely known out of Africa and India. Nearly all portions of the plants are edible - the leaves, flowers, pods, and seeds - all of which have their own distinct taste. The plant is drought resistant and undemanding. Although it grows into a tree, it can be trimmed to a metre each year to harvest the leaves and will vigorously grow back.
By weight Moringa leaves contain 3 x the iron in spinach, 2 x the protein in yogurt, 7 x the Vitamin C in oranges, 4 x the Vitamin A in carrots, 4 x the calcium in milk, 3 x the potassium in bananas, as well as a slew of other nutrients.
It is odd to me that this plant isn't sold in stores across North America. Most areas in the Southern United States offer a perfect climate for Moringa farms. Please research this plant and let everyone know about it. A plant like this is a rare gift to the world and everyone should know about it!
Here's a site to get you started. It is not the most scientific but gets the point across. There are videos and many other sites on this plant across the web. The seeds are widely available. Here's the wiki. The image I used is from the wiki article.