Moringa - The Key to Better Food and Nutrition and So Much More!The Moringa tree originated in India. It was brought to Africa by people from Asia who used it as a source of food and for medicinal purposes. The tree has many names. In English, it is known as the Ben Oil Tree; in Swahili as Mzunze or Mlonge; Malunggay in the Philippines; Benzolive in Haiti; Horseradish or Drumstick tree in India; Yoruba in Nigeria; and in Senegal, it is known as Nebeday, which is thought to mean "Never Die," because the tree is extraordinarily hearty. The Moringa tree likes sunshine and can withstand drought conditions. It grows quickly from seed or cuttings, can reach a height of 12 feet within the first year, and regenerates itself even after the most severe pruning. Two harvests of seed pods can be produced in one year (a mature tree can produce 1,000 pods annually), and the Moringa leaves tend to appear toward the end of the dry season when few other sources of green leafy vegetables are available. The Moringa tree has many uses. The leaves and the young, green pods can be eaten like other vegetables. The leaves can be prepared similarly to spinach and are low in fats and carbohydrates, but contain a very high content of protein; calcium; minerals; iron; and vitamins A, B, and when raw, vitamin C. As a source of nutrients and vitamins, Moringa leaves rank among the best of perennial tropical vegetables.
- Eight ounces of fresh Moringa leaves contain the daily requirement of vitamin A for up to ten people.
- The addition of two raw Moringa leaves to a child’s daily food or mixing two or three teaspoons of dried Moringa leaf powder into sauces provides significant protection against vitamin, protein, and calcium deficiencies to children in high malnutrition risk areas.
- For both infants and nursing mothers, Moringa pods can be an important source of fiber, potassium, copper, iron, choline, vitamin C, and all the essential amino acids.
Mrs. N’Deye Sakho is a nurse in charge of pediatrics at the hospital in Bignona, Senegal. She goes out herself to collect Moringa leaves and keeps dried leaf powder on hand to give out to mothers of malnourished children. "When women bring their children here, we weigh the child and give medicines for any disease the child has. Then we explain to the mothers the importance of Moringa and advise them to put a little bit of leaf powder in the child’s food every day. From what we’ve seen so far, it really is an excellent product. When the women bring back their child some time later, we hardly recognize them!" Mothers share different ways to prepare foods with Moringa. One mother proclaims, "My son really liked the sauce. He asked me where I had learned how to make it! Since then, we have had the sauce on several occasions, and I have prepared the pods three times. I no longer feel the fatigue I used to suffer from all the time. Since the first day, my children and I have seen the virtue of this plant." This special report along with the photos was prepared by Lowell Fuglie, Church World Service, West Africa Representative. moringa powder, moringa urban grow, climate change, moringa leaves powder, moringa medicine, moringa water purification., growing moringa, moringa stenopetala, buy moringa tea, moringa oil, moringa seeds, howto eat moringa, buy moringa products
Increased consumption of Moringa leaves and pods by children and child-bearing women could completely eradicate malnutrition, especially since the tree produces its leaves toward the end of the dry season when few other sources of green leafy vegetables are available.