Moringa the Miracle Tree
MBABANE - Also known as the Miracle Tree, the Moringa tree is already making a big difference in Swaziland.
Though well known in some African countries, it is not yet widely appreciated in the Kingdom. This, however, is is now changing thanks to the efforts of some of our widely respected experts in the health and agriculture sectors.
Some have heard Dr Ruth Shabalala or Dr Zondi discussing the benefits of Moringa over their radio programmes. Others have seen information on the internet. More often people had it strongly recommended by their friends who have experienced its amazing properties.
"Although few people have heard of it, Moringa could soon become one of the world’s most valuable plants, at least in humanitarian terms," says Noel Vietmeyer of the US National Academy of Sciences.
It is one of the top three most nutritious vegetables in the world and has been identified by the World Health Organisation as a famine-busting plant.
The edible leaves and seed pods are eaten everyday throughout West Africa, the Caribbean nations, and in many parts of Asia.
Here in Swaziland, the New Life Homes, (Likhaya Lemphilo Lensha) at KaMfishane in Shiselweni have been developing their fields for close to four years, and are now marketing their products across the nation.
The leaves are the most commonly used part of the plant. They can be eaten fresh or cooked, just like spinach. The leaves can also be dried, and ground into a powder, ensuring their usefulness over time.
The health benefits of this plant include:
* Strengthening of the immune system.
* Support of Diabetes treatment
* Cleansing the body from toxins and parasites.
* Accelerated healing of wounds/ surgery.
* Improved slimming & fitness training.
Medicinal uses of moringa are often the best known in some regions. It is considered a household necessity in West Africa where it is the first remedy for intestinal cleansing. The leaves also promote lactation and are always used by new mothers to enhance the flow of breast milk.
The multiple uses of moringa make it ideal as a community upliftment crop, providing many options, including food security, income generation, improved health, and insuring animal fodder during drought.
The moringa tree is a robust perennial and drought resistant tree. It can grow 1.2m to 1.4m in six to eight months. Trees take just a few months to produce enough leaves to feed a family.
In the second year much more leaf production can be expected. They will also produce seeds for four to five months. Products of moringa leaf are available in several retail outlets. Visit one of the following shops for more information or to buy some.
* Thornybush Organics, Swazi Plaza, Mbabane
*Pick n Pay stores (Foster’s) in Mbabane, Manzini, and Matsapha.
* Spice World, Riverstone Mall, Manzini
*Bakers Corner, Matsapha and Manzini
For seeds, seedlings, direct sales agents, or wholesale purchase of products contact one of the following:
New Life Homes, Winnie @ 76502149
Pastor Daran, 7602-5992
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