Do you know what you are growing in your own backyard? I knew I had this lovely tree that is always flowering , with a trunk that is strong, knarled into curious shapes but neveer knew its worth. That was until a couple of my guests that have their origen in India , now living in N J ,pointed it out to me.
First they were fascinated that I had the Neem trees planted and how they reminded them of India . As we talked about it the young man then pointed to another tree that I had ,telling me also how these tress are very beneficial for health and again are prevalant in India.
I was fascinated to learn of its properties and healing powers. The tree is caleed Moringa ! It was a sapling, when I was given the plant from one of my neighbours, and they not knowing what it was could not give me any information. So 5 years on, the information came from my guests…. I love how we get the knowledge when the time is right.
The Moringa tree is a drought tolerant medium sized evergreen tree that prefers warm, frost free climates to flourish…. What an ideal tree for the Yucatan!
It bears creamy white small clusters of flowers throughout the season , which then develops long slender dark-green edible seedpods with tapering ende .Inside there are round pea-sized seeds encased in a hull.
The leaves being and excellent scource of portein that can be rarely found in any other herbs and green leafy vegetables. 100 g of fresh raw leaves provide 9.8g of protein or about 17.5% of daily required leverls . Dry powdered leaves contain a concentrated level of many aminio acids
Pods and seeds are a good soure of oleic acid
Fresh leaves and growing tips are the richest scource of Vitamin A ,calcium,iron,copper, manganese zinc , selenium .
I have also found that the bees love the flowers on this tree also… so more benifits .
I was really surprised to find out all this information and excited at the same time.
Pods and leaves -vitamin C
What do you have in your backyard?