Maybe you’ve never heard of Moringa oleifera, a tree native to parts of Asia and possibly the Middle East and Africa. Up until this past week, I hadn’t either. But after reading about the amazing nutritional punch packed by this tree, I can’t wait to try growing one.
According to the Wichita, Kansas-based Trees for Life, Moringa leaves have — gram for gram — seven times as much vitamin C as oranges, four times as much calcium as milk (and twice as much protein), four times as much vitamin A as carrots and three times as much potassium as bananas.
“These tiny leaves could save millions of lives,” Trees for Life’s Website says. “Unfortunately, even while science sings the praise of Moringa leaves, this vital information has not reached the people who need it most. Trees for Life is responding to this need, and you can help.”
If you live in a semi-arid tropical or subtropical region of the U.S., you can try growing a Moringa tree for yourself. Seeds are available from a few places across the country, including Jim Johnson’s Seedman, located in Gautier, Mississippi.
You can learn a lot more about miraculous Moringa — including how to grow it, how to cook with it, even how to use it to purify water — at Trees for Life. Check it out: trust me, you will be impressed.
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