My, my moringa
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CTA. 2001. My, my moringa. Spore 96. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/46369
Internet URL: http://spore.cta.int/images/stories/pdf/old/spore96.pdf
You may know it as the horseradish tree, drumstick tree, ben tree, benzolive tree or Nebeda: the Moringaceae group of 14 species of which Moringa oleifera is the best-known. Modern enthusiasts rediscovering Moringa call it the Miracle tree ...
You may know it as the horseradish tree, drumstick tree, ben tree, benzolive tree or Nebeda: the Moringaceae group of 14 species of which Moringa oleifera is the best-known. Modern enthusiasts rediscovering Moringa call it the Miracle tree because of its many uses. In Africa its leaves are used in medicine and in cooking, and, latterly, as dietary supplements for AIDS/HIV patients; in India its pods are preferred; its oil was used in Egypt 3,000 years ago in perfume, and in Jamaica 200 years ago in cooking. The water cleansing qualities of its dirt-gathering (coagulant) powdered seeds have been known for centuries in Sudan, India and Indonesia. Encouraging its use and expanding its cultivation from family farms to plantation scale were the major topics of a workshop on the 'Development potential for Moringa products' held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 29 October to 2 November 2001. Organised by the plant resources network PROPAGE, in collaboration with CTA and four other partners, it was attended by more than 100 practitioners from public and private bodies from five continents. A productive workshop it was too (though perhaps not a miracle) with 22 practical proposals for research on genetic improvement, intensive cultivation, uses in fruit storage, improved oil extraction and market development. [caption to illustration] Look behind you, you could discover some moringa