Friday, June 27, 2008
MALUNGGAY, MORINGA, THE MIRACLE TREE
My sister in law gave me a piece of a Moringa tree to start and I am excited to find out about it.
"Malunggay, known as Moringa in the English name and Sabina in India and South East Asia, grows everywhere in hot tropical climate. Scientifically known as Moringa oleifera Lamk, it is one of the world's most useful plants and is available throughout the year.
The leaves, taste like spinach but a little slimy they say,,,,, leaf powder, pods, this is for me,,,they are supposed to taste like asparagus,,, seeds, flowers, roots and bark of the drought-resistant moringa are edible, even palatable. Parts of the tree can also be used for animal feed, domestic cleansers, perfume, dye, fertilizer, medicine, water clarification, rope fiber, and as an agent for tanning hides. It is miraculous that one single tree can offer so many uses for people. It has a high vitamin A content too and can help prevent blindness in countries like Africa where a lot of the people suffer from blindness due to lack of Vitamin A.
An ounce of malunggay has the same Vitamin C content as seven oranges but that's not all...it is supposed to prevent wrinkles and aging skin. That is a lot to ask of one little tree. I'll keep you posted on the results. That is posted on the results of how my tree grows,,not the wrinkle part,,,it's a little too late for that miracle. LOL