I was introduced to Moringa a few years back by a permaculture comrade in Bali. I was impressed by it's offerings as a nitrogen fixer and uses in garden and soil enhancement and for livestock forage. It was later I learned the additional and rather impressive list of nutrients available as a food supplement for human comcumption and have been watching it become another 'super food' staple.
Also known as the Horseradish tree or Tree of Life it is said to have originated in India and has spread in popularity to many parts of Asia, Central and South America, Africa and the Pacific. This tree has delicate foliage and attractive pale yellow flowers. Possibly one of the most useful trees in the world, it produces long green pods that have been compared to a cross between peanuts and asparagus. The peeled roots are used as a substitute for horseradish and the edible leaves make a highly nutritious vegetable. Claims are made that its tiny leaves contains 7 times the Vit C of oranges, 4 times the Vit A of Carrots, 4 times the Calcium of milk, 3 times the Potassium of Bananas, and 2 times the protein of yogurt. (Source: Nutritive Value of Indian Foods, by C. Gopalan, et al. )
The slender, semi -deciduous, perennial tree, to about 10 m tall with drooping branches. OK to keep pruned under 2mts as its the leaves that is what is best used in cooking. Thrives in subtropical and tropical climates, flowering and fruiting freely and continuously. Grows best on a dry sandy soil. Makes an ideal shade tree with high drought resistance. Does not like frost!
At present we are germinating hundreds of Mooring oleifera for plantings on the property as a cropped hedge and soil improver. Stock will also be offer for sale at our farm gate as it is a wonderful addition to your garden or farm.
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