Moriga, The Tree of LIFE

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/

 

 

 

 

Moringa Seed Pods

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

http://www.moringatreebenefits.com/information/moringa-tree-the-miracle-tree/

 

Young Moringa Trees

Moringa holds tremendous promise for benefiting humanity. Initial studies in Africa and Nicaragua have shown the following benefits:

Human health

  • Rich in disease-fighting nutrients
  • Essential amino acids to prevent protein malnutrition

Livestock fodder

  • Increases daily weight gain up to 32%
  • Increases milk production by 43-65%

Plant growth enhancer

  • Increases crop production by 20-35%

http://www.treesforlife.org/our-work/our-initiatives/moringa/moringas-potential

 

Moringa leaves with blossoms

Moringa – also called
Drumstick tree
Horseradish tree
Ben oil tree
The Miracle tree
Benzolive tree
Malunggay, Ma Rum,
Marungay, Kelor…
among others.
Worldwide, Moringa is known by many names. No matter what you call it, Moringa is a one  valuable tree.
Rarely can you plant anything that grows so fast, packs so
much nutrition, eye appeal, and soil retention properties, as does the humble Moringa.  I
t usually takes just one encounter with Moringa, to feel
“love at first sight” or “love at first bite”.

Dry moringa leaves

 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!

http://www.ilovemoringa.com/eatingmoringa.html

(DO NOT EAT THE ROOTS OR BARK)

 

 

 

 

 

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Burning Rain

(written 1 week ago)

We are getting an earth quenching rain right now, complete with thunder and lightning. This has dropped the temperature to a very comfortable level. It being 6:30 pm on a Friday work is done for me for the week. Though if Ti Pap can come through with a car for Saturday we, Hubert and I will travel with him to see a business that grows moringa trees as well as mango trees. I am extremely excited about moringa.

World Wide Village has planted them before, but not in a sustainable way and the villagers in Luly never “took” to the project. I want to try again in a new village, perhaps in one I am already established in. A village really needs to trust you to get behind a moringa projects for it is outside the box. The other reason for my excitement stems from from something Hubert and his friends have been doing; planting trees here in Haiti. After learning of my research on the moringa and all of its values, which are many, he and his friends feel that moringa needs to be one of the trees they plant, maybe even a key tree. (more on moringa in a post to come)

As I sit here on the veranda in the cool of the evening, listening to the rain, a thought as come into my head. Rain sounds the same here as it does in New Hampshire, Tennessee, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and even in Denmark. The sun doesn’t always feel or look the same, but the rain falling and hitting the earth and the rolling thunder sound the same. The smell, now that is different. My neighbors were burning stuff all day today and the smoke lingered low in the air. We are now left with the smell of burning rain. Wood soaked smoke, a smell that is heavy with a crisp note at the end of each intake of breath. Another rain smell we have here occurs when driving. At times the smell of the rain is dust laden. It is a choking smell, worse than the dust by its self. Breathing the dust rain is a most enjoyable experience, one would just assume the rain would make the dust bearable but it takes hours of rain to makes the dust smell go away.

In the cool of this evening I close my eyes and transport myself to all the other places I have lived. But only breifly! I am so happy with where I am now, there is no need to travel even in my head to another place. I breath in and breath out the burning rain, and am content with my life.