Hurray! I have added another wonder food plant to my list of Nutritional heroes. With such an amazing nutrient content, it deserves to be on this list. Scientific research confirms that this tree is a powerhouse of nutritional value. Gram for gram, the leaves contain: 7 times the vitamin C in oranges, 4 times the calcium in milk, 4 times the vitamin A in carrots, 2 times the protein in milk, 3 times the potassium in bananas, and 3 times the iron in spinach.
This hero can be used in variety of ways and its nutritional promises still remain very high. You can brew a delicious tea powder with the leaves, add it to your salads, or add it to your favorite sauce to give it a nutritional boost. Interestingly, this plant is used in making natural and body friendly cosmetic products like facial mask, deodorant and lip balm. The oil from the tree pods is clear, sweet and odorless, and never becomes rancid. This hero is MORINGA (Moringa Oleifera)
Picture having this tree in your garden that will meet all your nutritional needs, take care of you medicinally and purify your water for you. In developing tropical countries, Moringa trees have been used to combat malnutrition especially among infants and nursing mothers. The tree is in full leaf at the end of the dry season when other foods are usually scarce. This tree is truly a ‘miracle’ tree offering a lot of hope nutritionally.