Moringa The Miracle Tree
Moringa Oleifera is the most popular of 13 species of Moringa trees. With more than 90 nutrients, it is the most enzymatically active plant known to man. Moringa trees are currently being cultivated right here on the Pacific coast of Panama, at Finca La Maya and Finca La Moringa. Last month Playacommunity visited Finca La Moringa to learn more about the magical tree.We met Bruce Roberson and his son Thomas at the Picasso Community Market where they sell Moringa plants and products. At the market we picked up a packet of Moringa powder and were surprised to learn how many vitamins, minerals, proteins and beneficial fats the super food contained.
Moringa contains 25x more iron than spinach, 0.75x more vitamin C than oranges, 15x more potassium than in bananas, 4x more protein than in eggs, 10x more vitamin A than carrots and 17x more calcium than milk!
It’s no surprise that Morgina has been used for decades to help solve widespread starvation and malnutrition. Morgina can also be used for weight loss as well as fighting infections, arthritis, tumors, cancers and even boosting spermatozoa production.
Moringa leaves, flowers and fruits can all be consumed, are packed full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances, all in a readily absorbable form.
At Finca La Moringa, Bruce taught us how to prepare Moringa. We learnt that fresh leaves can be de-stemmed, washed and tossed in a salad. Moringa powder can be used in smoothies and incorporated into any dish to up the ‘green’ nutrient value.
Finca la Morninga has over 100 goats who love Moringa! After Bruce Morgina trees are harvested for teas, healing sprays, powders and fresh leaf bundles to sell at the market, the leftovers are fed to the goats. The Moringa is also incorporated into the farm’s fertilizer that is used to grow all of the plants on the farm.
If you are interested in learning more about Moringa and how you can benefit from incorporating the plant into your daily diet, visit Bruce and Thomas at the Picasso Community Market every Saturday.