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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Do you have a garden?

Do you have a garden? This is just one of the many questions I asked the three families I meet with last Thursday. How many people are in your family? How many children? What are their ages…

I have been in Haiti for not quite 2 weeks yet and I started work for World Wide Village on the anniversary of my first week in country. We are moving ahead in Williamson, with plans to help families start egg laying operations. The selected families will participate with us in building them a chicken coop large enough to hold 60 plus chickens. The families will receive training on working with and raising their chickens, this training will include a manual which I will be writing and have transcribed into Creole. The families will also receive ongoing support in the form of visits, at the beginning of their chicken adventure 4-5 visits a week. It is not that owning chickens is new to Haitian families, it is owning chickens that are not running free that is new.

These chickens will provide additional nutrition not only into the diets of the families that own them, but additional income. The added egg supply in the area of Williamson with also give other people a greater opportunity to increase their egg consumption. As a side effect (pun intended), the manure from the chickens will become a compost tea and be used in local gardens, a practice that I will be teaching, that I hope catches on.

I hope to have the supplies purchased by the end of this week and the first chicken coop built by the end of the following week.  Monday I will be going to Haitian Broilers a huge poultry operation that was started as a partnership between Jamaica Broilers and others. If all goes well at this visit we will be purchasing our pullets from them, along with the feed.

I apologize for the dryness of this post and for it taking so long to get something posted… busy and tired play into my excuses for this. I will eventually work posting into my schedule and endeavor to make the posts more entertaining.