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Monday, August 12, 2013

The Miracle Tree

The environmental club sessions are now being used to focus on Moringa Tree training for the women at Kabeela. The Moringa Tree (more specifically Moringa Oleifra to any botanists) has high nutritional benefits, making it ideal for combating malnutrition in developing countries. Our first session with the women involved teaching them about specific nutritional properties of the tree: Did you know; Moringa has 4 times more calcium than milk and 4 times more vitamin A than carrots as well as having 46 anti-oxidants – a detoxers dream).



Presenting... Moringa Oleifera!


We also did a step-by-step guide on planting the saplings and how to dry the leaves to make a powder (or tea!).
Post session, we took it upon ourselves to create some recipes using the leaves of the tree. The result was somewhat interesting, perhaps not as interesting as the lingering smell the leaves left behind, in particular on your hands, but interesting all the same.
Despite this, we concocted a tomato based sauce suitable for rice, couscous and pasta… so, ultimately, perfect for the staple African diet, no?



Moringa - nutritious and... almost delicious



We found Moringa leaves also work with sweet tastes, finely chopping the leaves and mixing them with yoghurt and honey to make a tzatziki-inspired recipe.  


Upon returning to Kabeela, we offered our creations to Wilfred who works full time at Kabeela after being a national volunteer – we felt we should get an African opinion on the taste of the dishes after a certain tô experience, it was decided that African People have very different taste preferences to English people. However, he appeared to enjoy both dishes (!) so hopefully more recipes will follow suit soon.

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