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Miracle Plant

Post by the_alias » Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:12 pm

Moringa
Moringa leaves are indeed highly nutritious. They contain two times the protein of yogurt, three times the potassium of bananas, four times the calcium of milk, four times the vitamin A of carrots, and seven times the vitamin C of oranges. And these leaves can be easily grown right at people’s doorsteps.
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Re: Miracle Plant

Post by Allen » Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:26 pm

Thanks for the Tip!
60% Protein? Wow!
It won't grow in My area, but it's still good to know about.

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Post by Y.T. » Sat Dec 13, 2008 3:11 pm

this is going to sound pretty geeky, but I think plants are the shiznit.
thanks for the link. I bookmarked the site.
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Re: Miracle Plant

Post by frath0 » Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:49 pm

Anyone have a home-hydroponic system for to supplement your food supply? I love eBay sometimes...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Miracle-Tree-Super- ... 7C294%3A50

http://cgi.ebay.com/THE-MIRACLE-TREE-Mo ... 7C294%3A50
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Post by by-the-throat » Sun Dec 14, 2008 12:10 am

Looks interesting. I did a quick google search and found some recipes...apparently it can substitute for spinach dishes.

http://www.moringafarms.com/recipes.htm

That website in general seems to have quite a bit of useful information.
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Re: Miracle Plant

Post by Spinich » Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:21 pm

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I planted 3 of these tree's back in mid-August. They are thriving. This picture below is a month old.

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I have a thread on them in a local survival board. Thought I would share for the 'preppers/survivalists' here as well.

http://www.flsurvival.com/index.php?topic=1093.0

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Post by JTNieman » Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:27 pm

Oh wow, that's awesome!

Totally going to look into this... Great find. Sounds like a winner for some salad greens lol.

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Post by Spinich » Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:40 pm

I actually find the leaves to be tasty. Does taste like spinach to me. We have been harvesting them for a while, a branch at a time. Leaves go into salads fresh or dried/crumbled over pasta/pizza/chicken...pretty much whatever.

Not big enough to live off them yet, but we have worked them into an almost daily diet. I haven't been able to lift my truck over my head yet, but I am making progress. :wink:

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Post by JTNieman » Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:47 pm

That's pretty cool, those plants are looking great.

I had a little trouble finding a straight fact statement about the nutrition but as close as I could find... they're generally comparing a cup-to-cup volume relation when talking about the nutritional content... is this right? In the statements about XX% more Vitamin/Nutrient than Z.... it's on a cup-to-cup or serving to serving?

Just making sure I am talking apples to apples here, so I don't get my hopes up and find out that a servings size of Moringa is like 2 cups of 'mash' and a serving of carrots is like one whole medium carrot because that type of volume would hurt to have to consume in comparison to a carrot.

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Re: Miracle Plant

Post by Spinich » Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:07 pm

http://www.treesforlife.org/our-work/ou ... nformation
Moringa Leaves are full of essential disease-preventing nutrients:



Vitamin A, which acts as a shield against eye disease, skin disease, heart ailments, diarrhea, and many other diseases.
Vitamin C, fighting a host of illnesses including colds and flu.
Calcium, which builds strong bones and teeth, and helps prevent osteoporosis.
Potassium, essential for the functioning of the brain and nerves.
Proteins, the basic building blocks of all our body cells.


Moringa leaves compared to common foods
Values per 100gm. edible portion

Nutrient
Moringa
Leaves Other Foods
Vitamin A
6780 mcg Carrots: 1890 mcg
Vitamin C
220 mg Oranges: 30 mg
Calcium
440 mg Cow's milk: 120 mg
Potassium
259 mg Bananas: 88 mg
Protein
6.7 gm Cow's milk: 3.2 gm
http://www.moringausa.com/nutritionalvalues.htm

Looks like it is based off the 'edible portion' of each, yes.

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Post by JTNieman » Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:10 pm

ah snap, thank you!

I was looking on other sites I googled, which were more vague. Sweet info, that -is- very dense in nutrients!

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Post by masterblaster666 » Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:14 pm

Yeah it seems like a really neat plant. Ive been meaning on starting a very very small garden this might be the trick.
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Post by spacecase0 » Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:54 pm

I found seeds,
http://www.seedman.com/moring.htm
anyone know where else to get them ?
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Post by Sckitzo » Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:01 pm

Very awesome sounding plant, doubt it will grow in my climate but will look into it.

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Post by dltrammel » Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:33 pm

Spinich wrote:I actually find the leaves to be tasty. Does taste like spinach to me. We have been harvesting them for a while, a branch at a time. Leaves go into salads fresh or dried/crumbled over pasta/pizza/chicken...pretty much whatever.

Not big enough to live off them yet, but we have worked them into an almost daily diet. I haven't been able to lift my truck over my head yet, but I am making progress. :wink:
Can you just eat them raw then, like in a salad? I planted some spinach this year but couldn't harvest enough for several salads a week. If this things a bloody tree then it sounds promising.

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Post by Cnidaria » Sat Nov 21, 2009 8:26 pm

Thanks for the link. It looks like they grow best in zone 10, but can survive to zone 8. Since I'm in zone 10, looks like I'm going to be ordering some seeds.

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Post by mr.trooper » Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:54 am

This comes as no surprise.

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Post by andygates » Sun Nov 22, 2009 4:57 pm

Apart from tiger penis. 8)

But does moringa taste good?

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Re: Miracle Plant

Post by Spinich » Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:56 pm

spacecase0 wrote:I found seeds,
http://www.seedman.com/moring.htm
anyone know where else to get them ?
I bought mine here: http://echobooks.org/index.php?cPath=25_68_102" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Sckitzo wrote:Very awesome sounding plant, doubt it will grow in my climate but will look into it.
If you are in AZ, yes. They will be fine in the heat and love the sun. They are drought resistant, but I have found, they prefer to be watered regularly. I am in FL and planted these in the heat of the summer. I actually saw an article on-line from someone in the Phoenix area that grew one quite successfully.
dltrammel wrote: Can you just eat them raw then, like in a salad? I planted some spinach this year but couldn't harvest enough for several salads a week. If this things a bloody tree then it sounds promising.
Yes. I snap them right off the plant and eat them. I find the taste to be similar to spinach, with a little less ‘snap’.
Cnidaria wrote:Thanks for the link. It looks like they grow best in zone 10, but can survive to zone 8. Since I'm in zone 10, looks like I'm going to be ordering some seeds.
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But does moringa taste good?
Yes, I think so. See above comment about comparison to spinach.

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Re: Miracle Plant

Post by BigDaddyTX » Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:18 pm

mr.trooper wrote:This comes as no surprise.

traditional medical systems work. People wouldn't use them if they were all bogus.
It's someone's quote or sig somewhere, but I liked it.

The plural of anecdote is not data. What nutrition has to do with what you're saying is beyond me though. And Tiger Penis would have to be in the equation he uses, as it is TCM which is crap. Anything good in "traditional medicine" is already medicine. Sure you can use willow bark, but how about just taking an aspirin?
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Re: Miracle Plant

Post by derajer » Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:45 pm

Anyone know how digestible these are? There's a reason why humans generally don't eat leaves and grasses, but some plants are exceptions like salads.
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Re: Miracle Plant

Post by Spinich » Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:32 pm

derajer wrote:Anyone know how digestible these are? There's a reason why humans generally don't eat leaves and grasses, but some plants are exceptions like salads.
Uh, haven't had any problems. :)

The leaves are good, but these tree's are usually harvested for the seed pods or "Drum sticks" as they are more commonly referred to.

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Re: Miracle Plant

Post by madwolf » Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:49 pm

Thanks for that, looks very interesting! Definitely worth some more research.
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Re: Miracle Plant

Post by Towanda » Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:37 pm

Hmmm. I wonder if I could keep one alive in an apartment. No way it would grow naturally in Wisconsin.
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