Went into the mountain village of Casale yesterday to the livestock market. I didn’t have the time to go into the heart of the village, that will be for another day. Meanwhile here are pictures for you.
I was to put it mildly, surprised! I expressed to my friend, who took me on this trip, that I didn’t even feel like I was in Haiti. The lushness, the green, and the amount of water was so different from the Haiti I had come to know! I saw a lake, Acre after acre of rice paddys, and children enjoying an afternoon swim in clean fresh water! I was transported back in time while in the town of Marchard Disallines and the surrounding country side. Houses made of wood, the older buildings in Marchand Dessalines reminding me of the old American west. Watched over by no less than five fortresses, perched on the mountain peaks, with the majestic statue of Dessalines keeping an on eye on them.
I find my self embarrassed that I didn’t take even more pictures! Here I share with you some of the ones I took. Enjoy!
In the mountains above city of Marchand Desallines are five fortresses. Often they appear to be just part of the rocky mountain side. The translated names for three of them are “Make a decission” “Little woman” and “End of the world” I was unable to learn the names of the other two.
On a Saturday morning, several weeks ago I had the extreme pleasure of visiting a USAID project here in Haiti, regarding the moringa tree. The moringa is an amazing tree, one that after much research, I hope to plant in several locations throughout Haiti. When I say plant I mean, forests of them. I truly hope that I with a group of concerned people can see this dream become a reality! Not only is moringa wonderful for the human body, it is also beneficial for animals and for erosion control!
I have stolen writings (below) from other web sites regarding the benefits of the moringa tree. Please jump to their sites for further information. All the pictures in this post were taken by myself, here in Haiti.
We are currently doing a grass-roots campaign to raise money for these moringa “forests”. As the moringa is already growing in Haiti, we are not introducing a new species of tree. Last weekend I visited our “forest ” location in a province outside of St Marc. I have already lined up a source for many moringa saplings and I have been taught how to grow them from seed. If you are interested in becoming involved please let me know.
Moringa Oleifera is commonly known as the most nutrient plant ever discovered. The nutritional content of this amazing tree is astounding! The Moringa Tree is native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India. It has been used to combat malnutrition and also to provide nutrition for nursing mothers in poverty stricken areas. All parts of this tree can be eaten or utilized in a way that is beneficial make this one of the world’s most useful trees. –http://www.moringatreebenefits.com/information/moringa-tree-the-miracle-tree/
The Moringa tree has more Calcium than Milk, more Vitamin A than Carrots, more Protein than Yogurt, more Potassium than Bananas and 7 times the Vitamin C of Oranges. Many people are starting to discover the amazing benefits of this amazing tree as more and more testimonials are surfacing all over the internet.
Some of the benefits of consuming this plant…
- Nourishes the body’s immune system
- Promotes healthy circulation
- Supports normal blood glucose levels
- Natural anti-aging benefits
- Anti-inflammatory support
- Promotes healthy digestion
- Heightens mental clarity
- Increases energy
Moringa holds tremendous promise for benefiting humanity. Initial studies in Africa and Nicaragua have shown the following benefits:
- Rich in disease-fighting nutrients
- Essential amino acids to prevent protein malnutrition
- Increases daily weight gain up to 32%
- Increases milk production by 43-65%
Plant growth enhancer
- Increases crop production by 20-35%
We ate dry leaves right out of this basket!
- The leaves can be eaten as salad greens. They mix well with any other salad ingredients. They can also be cooked, as any other greens, or combined with barley, wheat, brown rice, wild rice, rye, buckwheat, spelt, corn, quinoa, millet, or amaranth. Use them creatively, you won’t be disappointed. Moringa leaves have a distinctive, delicious taste that’s all their own.
- The flowers & buds have to be cooked. Pluck as many as you can eat; the tree will produce more. People say they taste like mushrooms – we say they just taste –wonderful!
- Pick the very young pods, and cook them. The consensus is that they taste like asparagus.
- Shell the young pods, and use the seeds as you would peas or fresh beans.
- Cook the mature seeds, or fry or roast them. They taste like popcorn, to us! Just go easy on them, as they are VERY cleansing!
(DO NOT EAT THE ROOTS OR BARK)
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