Michael Adler So the forecasting for the last cold front was terrible. Tuesday night's low was dropping all week until it hit 24 that night, but the actual temp didn'tSee More get below 30. Wednesday's forecast was also dropping all week from not near freezing down to 28 that night, and it actually got below 20 degrees (at Siembra). I was not expecting that. Usually for the first cold snap, the freezing of all the tender vegetation protects what's underneath. I didn't mulch our chayotes and I'm not sure they're coming back. Everything froze solid all the way through, if it wasn't cold-hardy or in the greenhouse. Our outdoor thermometer said we got to 25.See Less24.11.2014 at 09:21 pm
Craig Hepworth Yeah, all day on Tuesday I kept thinking it didn't seem like it was going to get as cold as they were predicting, based on current temp and dewpoint. Likewise all day on Wednesday, it never warmed up, and felt like one of those days that's going to turn into a hard freeze overnight. I'm really curious how they can mess up a forecast that badly.24.11.2014 at 09:33 pmRebekah Starr Whipple yeah, I had things covered, but if I had known it was going to be like that, I would have done more.24.11.2014 at 11:53 pmview 1 more commentsFaith Carr Then again with the rain prediction. Is there a weather smartypants? Not smartass.25.11.2014 at 02:23 am
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Michael Adler Let's have a chayote festival! We'll get together and bring/cook lots of chayote themed recipes, and eat them and celebrate the abundance. Who's in?See More Who can host? EPP can supply the chayotes.See Less16.11.2014 at 09:37 pm
Karen Epple Can we do it as part of the Earthskills event on 12/7? One issue how the pick-up of the chayotes could be coordinated beforehand? I know the chayotes have a finite shelf life. I hate to see them go to waste. I assume you may give some to the food banks or St Francis House. I understand Woody Blue is coordinating the food for that event.22.11.2014 at 06:05 pmJoni Ellis NO, that day is full of activities and I do not to add more chaos to the activities already planned. There is a food procurement committee that is coordinating all the food donations. Woody is involved, so is Sarah, Gabrieala, PJ, Joe, and several others. There are spreadsheets to keep track of who is donating what. Keep the chayote fest separate please. they don't need processing for the gathering, they will keep just as they are.23.11.2014 at 07:39 am1view 5 more commentsJoni Ellis In addition, EPP is on the schedule for the Dec 7th event to have an open house like education session. I expect people will want to walk around and ask questions about edible plants, and make purchases of plants. I do not want to take away from that. Sorry if I sounded a bit kurt in the message above, I just don't others reorganizing the festival we already put so much time into organizing. I do appreciate the interest in helping. Michael will need help on Dec 7th to talk to folks and make sales. Please do volunteer on that day.23.11.2014 at 07:45 am3Karen Epple Cool, it will be interesting to see what all the creative cooks will prepare with them!23.11.2014 at 02:45 pmKaren Epple Didn't mean to cause a distraction. My enthnthusiasm can get ahead of me, sometimes Looking forward to the whole day!.23.11.2014 at 02:48 pmJoni Ellis Yeah and I didn't mean to squash creativity, I just had a moment of panic with one more thing going on. Keep the ideas coming Karen!24.11.2014 at 10:30 pmMichael Adler We still need to decide on a date. Ellen Cunningham has offered her house as a location.24.11.2014 at 10:55 pm
Joni Ellis I need volunteers to help move the planters in the front of the Co-op ASAP. The city is going to install nice bike racks and benches early December. WhoSee More can help and when? Please call me 352-262-7300 or text me with your ability to help. Thanks a bunch.See Less20.11.2014 at 06:03 pm
Michael Adler Can anyone help move plants into the greenhouse tomorrow afternoon and back out the next day or two? I just thought of lots of things that aren't quiteSee More dormant yet, and might not like a freeze this hard this early.See Less18.11.2014 at 12:18 am
Michael Adler You can take home chayotes and Pigeon peas18.11.2014 at 12:25 amEllen Cunningham Possibly Thursday afternoon. Give me a call if you're still at it.18.11.2014 at 10:18 pmview 3 more commentsMichael Adler thanks Ellen! can you come by after work? I'm not sure when we"ll finish up but maybe 4:30 or 5:30?19.11.2014 at 08:50 pmEllen Cunningham I should be there by 2:30 ish -19.11.2014 at 10:02 pmMichael Adler I probably won't be able to join you that early. Do you mean you'll be available? I'll try to call20.11.2014 at 12:12 am
Michael Adler request for interviewees:

So EPP grows a lot of plants that are popular in various places around the world that are not here. We try to promote useful
See More edible plants that grow well here, and need promotion because many people around here are not familiar with them. Sometimes we meet people from places where our plants are popular, and they're often very happy to become re-acquainted with them. We are looking for such people for interviews for a story on WUFT.

I've been talking with Maleeha with WUFT. She wants to do a story on EPP, and wants to do it from the angle I just described. If this sounds like you, please call or email Maleeha at 850-319-3278 and maleeha.babar@gmail.comSee Less
13.10.2014 at 08:45 pm
Noelle S. Ward I'm in!!!!!13.10.2014 at 09:10 pmMichael Adler cool. Which plants connect you with your cultural traditions?13.10.2014 at 09:26 pmview 8 more commentsNoelle S. Ward Well being a whitebread Florida girl with a heart in the islands, I would say finding sorrel and learning how to grow it and use it and lemongrass for my love of many uses. My cultural traditions probably would not fit into this story but I'm a big fan of EPP!13.10.2014 at 09:40 pm1Lara MacGibbon We appreciate the unique selection EPP offers. My partner, (farm hand at Frog Song) is from Dominica in the Carribean. He has a strong connection to sorrel and caliloo.. plus many others.13.10.2014 at 10:53 pm1Michael Adler Is he interested in contacting the reporter?13.10.2014 at 11:06 pm1Lara MacGibbon Yes, I forwarded her information to him.13.10.2014 at 11:43 pmEdulis Exsto By when? If she wants a good story, it should have notice. This is the first I heard.
Eing and Sam? Maybe also Veronica?14.10.2014 at 01:26 pm
Maleeha Babar Hi Lara - I sent you an email a while ago. I don't think you received it due it going into the 'other' folder. Would you be interested in doing an interview via phone or email tonight?19.11.2014 at 03:40 pm1Maleeha Babar Could you give me a call tonight or whenever you're free?19.11.2014 at 06:34 pmMiranda Castro love to - we'll be available middle of next week if that's not too late19.11.2014 at 06:58 pm

Moringa


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.

Planting:
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.
Fertilization
: 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 www.echonet.org
More information about the Moringa tree from Trees for Life and Echo

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More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Moringa%20oleifera
EPP Moringa info sheet (pdf)

1 comment 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

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