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Karen Epple You're still invited for EPP!
Getting better all the time! We'll be on WUFT-TV tomorrow!
Keep inviting folks!!
15.04.2015 at 04:19 amLike
Crystal Hartman If there is anyone in the EPP community who can run this? There's still time. I have to run the nursery that day. However, Evelyn has graciously agreed to display an EPP placard and fliers at her org's booth.15.04.2015 at 12:43 pm1Annette Gilley Also working that day, and can't get out of it.15.04.2015 at 12:54 pmview 2 more commentsCrystal Hartman Sorry you can't make it Annette. My kids and I will be there this Thursday 4-6 if you can come then. Or let me know a good day/time for you and we can just work together.15.04.2015 at 01:02 pm1Annette Gilley If ONLY there was some way to take off on Sunday the 19th, I would come out to EPP in the morning, then go to Earth Day (which is really growing into an awesome event) by 1 pm, but,.... :( Spring is my favorite season, but in many ways it is just hell.16.04.2015 at 03:18 am1
Edulis Exsto Get your blueberries, pomegranate, figs, mulberries and much more. Work trade or adopt ($) trees/plants from our nonprofit, volunteer run, collective nursery: Come through this afternoon (Sundays, Thursday,See More and more if you want to lead). Less
12.04.2015 at 03:52 pmLike
Crystal Hartman We are also available easily by appointment. I live right up the road and frequent the place. Just give me a call: 352-214-817913.04.2015 at 09:10 pm2Annette Gilley I would reeeeally like to grow and propagate named varieties of loquats. Would like to learn the differences between them. Also paw-paws.16.04.2015 at 03:13 am
Crystal Hartman All are invited, but the event is only allowing 52 people to be invited...?
15.04.2015 at 12:50 pmLike
Brian MonkeySoul Stanton Are you making it as a group event or personal? Michael Adler might have an idea.15.04.2015 at 03:27 pmCrystal Hartman I was pretty sure it was as EPP, as I chose the event from its page, not my personal page. Same as other times I've done events, so I thought???15.04.2015 at 03:39 pmview 1 more commentsCrystal Hartman I made sure the header was an EPP event not a Crystal event and same thing. THere is a button to click that says invite friends, that is auto-checked. With it checked it invites only the 52 members that are MY friends. With it unclicked it invites 0 people. I'm like, WTH??15.04.2015 at 03:44 pm
Brian MonkeySoul Stanton Wilmot Gardens at UF is hiring a part time coordinator. I work next door. This would be also a great UF - EPP bridge, as they are interested in us. They do a lot of the same things, including therapeuticSee More horticulture. In between Shands & the Ag areas on the corner of Mowry and Gale Lemerand, 1 block north of Archer. Less
11.04.2015 at 12:54 amLike
Annette Gilley Thanks for posting, Brian. Fortunately, my secretarial skills are quite limited. I would race to apply if it was a part time gardening or greenhouse staff position, however. ;)15.04.2015 at 12:54 pm
Crystal Hartman Crystal Hartman created an event for Edible Plant Project (.org).
15.04.2015 at 12:47 pmLike
Edulis Exsto Our Volunteer Portals:
United Way Volunteer Opportunities (log your hours for work trade there)
Host potlucks, cooking or food parties?
Want to learn how to make new plants?
See More Relations / Marketing liaison
Volunteer Coordinator
Board Member openings
In-Kind Needs
Pick up Coffee grounds
Advocacy Opportunities
Represent Edible Plant Project at dinners or meetings
Can you cook? Show others how to prep / cook exotic & native edible foods Less
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Edulis Exsto Several others, on Volunteer Match if you prefer there. at 03:51 pm2


The Moringa oleifera (Drumstick or Horseradish Tree) is a beautiful, fast growing tree (up to 15 feet in a year) with a shady, leaf canopy of very attractive ferny foliage. Small, waxy, creamy-white flowers, resembling miniature orchids, form in clusters, followed by 8-12 inches long round pods that look like drumsticks, hence one of the plant’s common names. The shell of the pod contains a row of neatly packed, wing-edged, round, brown seeds. Mature Moringa trees flower year round, providing lots of nectar for honey bees and a continuous supply of drumsticks for the kitchen. Moringa trees grow extensively in tropical, sub-tropical and warm temperature areas, including Africa, India, South East Asia where it said to grow in the sandiest, driest, most godforsaken places on earth - it is even tolerant of drought, salt and neglect! Moringa has a wondrous array of uses with virtually every part of the tree useful in the kitchen, as medicine or for industry.

Plant young trees in well-drained soil in a sunny, frost-free position. They need to be protected from strong winds and frost especially when young. Once trees have had 1-2 winters in colder climates, they do adapt, but may go dormant in winter. In Gainesville, Moringas will freeze in the winter and resprout from the stump in the spring. Protect the base of the tree from frost to ensure resprouting. Stop apical dominance to keep tree short.
: The soils of arid regions (to which moringas are adapted) are typically less weathered and therefore contain more of the soluble minerals that plants need, than the soils of humid regions. To get all that potassium, iron, and calcium from moringa leaves, the soil must have those minerals for the tree to extract (lots more potassium and calcium than Iron). For protein, they need fixed nitrogen and a bit of sulfur. For other processes they need magnesium, phosphorous, and tiny amounts of “micronutrients“. Magnesium deficiency is common in North Fl soils.
Pruning: Young trees should be trimmed and pruned regularly otherwise they can grow 30-50 feet tall. The trunk and branches can be used as living stakes for climbing vegetables. A row of trees can be planted close together to create a living fence.
Propagation: By seed or cuttings.
Nutrition: The leaves are 38% protein with all essential amino acids. They contain 2 x the protein of milk/yoghurt (the highest protein ratio of any plant on earth), and 4 x the calcium of milk, 3 x the potassium of bananas, 4 x the vitamin A of carrots, 7 x the vitamin C of oranges and 3 x the iron of red meat. They contain omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids as well as antioxidants and phytonutrients. Moringa leaves are an excellent source of nutrition and a natural energy booster that is not based on sugar, and so it is sustained. Some consider Moringa protein better than soy as it is non-allergic. Moringa contains 18 of the 20 amino acids required by the human body including all eight of the essential amino acids found in meat products.Medicinal uses: A folk remedy for stomach complaints, catarrh, hay fever, impotence, edema, cramps, hemorrhoids, headaches, sore gums; to strengthen the eyes and the brain, liver, gall, digestive, respiratory and immune system, as a blood cleanser and blood builder, and for cancer treatment. Moringa (Ben) oil is used for earache and in ointments for skin conditions. The oil rubbed on the skin is said to prevent mosquitoes from biting. Flowers infused in honey are used as a cough remedy.
Other uses: Moringa oil is the most stable oil in nature (it does not go rancid) and it is used in perfumery, lubricating watches and fine machinery. Ground Moringa seeds are used for water purification.

Culinary Uses:
The leaves can be cooked in any recipe that calls for spinach. The leaflets can be pulled off stalks and boiled as any green or added to soups or rice. Tender growing tips can be cooked stem and all or they can be dried and powdered and sprinkled into soups and stews.The flowers are edible and can be sprinkled on salads: they taste deliciously sweet at first then a spicy/horseradishy finish! The young drumsticks can be cooked like asparagus - they taste like peas with a mild mustard taste. Sliced, young green pods can be used in savory and meat dishes. The young (green) seeds can be cooked and eaten like peas. Mature seeds can be fried or roasted and taste like peanuts or pressed for an oil that is healthier than olive oil. Seeds can be sprouted like wheat grass and eaten as tender nutritious greens. Roots of young seedlings taste like horseradish, and are often grated and used as a substitute.

Moringa Recipes courtesy of
More information about the Moringa tree from Trees for Life and Echo



More photos on Flickr:
EPP Moringa info sheet (pdf)

3 comments to Moringa

  • Art

    You make me excited with this great information! I always thought India was best known for the Engineers and Gurus. LOL. Anyhow, living in Florida is great. We pretty much eat a starch, fruit and vegetable based selection of food. I use lentils and nuts and seeds sparingly. Greens and starches go well together. I will find a source for the trees and do the grow thing. Thanks very much. Art

  • Jenny

    Moringa is delicious! However, as a note – I have heard that if you are a woman attempting to get pregnant, you should avoid eating moringa, since it can prevent conception. It’s supposed to be a wonderful aid to lactation, however.

  • thanks for your question jenny – this blog posting addresses it nicely – looks like the leaves are ok but the flowers/roots are not …

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