Saturday, December 18, 2010

Moringa oleifera

Here at IST we’ve been studying many different agroforestry technologies.  But one tree we’ve focused on has been the Moringa tree.  It’s almost worshiped here in Peace Corps Senegal with all sectors: health, agriculture, environmental education, small enterprise development, and of course agroforestery, encourage moringa plantings.  It is a tree that is super healthy for you, is a nitrogen fixer, and grows really well here in Senegal.  Here are some of the reasons it is such a wonderful plant
  • Vitamins in moringa leaves: proteins, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium
  •  Parts of the plant you can eat: leaves, flowers, seed oil, young seed pods aka pretty much the whole thing
  • Uses of moringa:
1.  Leaf sauce (side note: it’s delicious and probably my favorite meal here in Senegal) and powder
2.  Intercropping
3.  Cooking oil
4.  Animal fodder 
5.  Foliar fertilizer for plants

Here’s a link to another site praising the virtues of the almighty moringa if you don’t believe me: http://www.moringa.com/

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