Help Us Plant Moringa Trees in Communities Around the World
The Moringa tree (Moringa oleifera), also called the Drumstick Tree, Horseradish Tree, and Ben Oil or Benzoil Tree, is an amazing, fast-growing tree native to the Himalayan foothills in northern India. It is so adaptable, it grows well in most tropical and sub-tropical climates, even in areas with limited rainfall and poor soil. It can withstand drought and it loves the sun and extreme heat. And nearly every part of the tree can be eaten.
- The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant. They can be eaten fresh or cooked like you would eat spinach, or they can be dried and powdered to add to soups and sauces. They are high in protein and loaded with nutrients and phytochemicals. Moringa leaves are being used to help to fight malnutrition in developing countries, especially among children and nursing mothers.
- The seed pods are called drumsticks and eaten as vegetables, often added to soups and curries.
- The seeds can be pressed to release ben oil, which can be used as a food supplement and potentially as a biofuel.
- The roots have a flavor similar to horseradish and can be shredded to flavor foods.
There are many other ways Moringa Trees can benefit communities:
- Not only are trees healthy for people to eat, they make excellent forage for livestock.
- Trees can be planted as living fences and windbreaks, and to prevent soil erosion.
- Trees can easily be grown from seeds in backyards and alleys, and among other crops.
- The phytochemicals in the leaves have antiseptic and detergent properties, making Moringa powder mixed with water effective for hand washing.
- Moringa seed cake, the byproduct of pressing the seeds to release the oil, can be used to filter water and make it safe for humans and animals to drink.
The Amazing Moringa Tree
Moringa Trees are being actively grown throughout Asia, Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean. We have been growing seeds and young trees and planting them in many of the areas around the world to which we travel for the past few years. We would like to expand our efforts and introduce these trees into more areas and we need the help from our support community to do so.
Please consider giving to our Moringa Tree Project to help us plant more trees and introduce communities to the benefits of these amazing trees.