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stx2020
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July 24, 2013 1:11 pm  

anyone know where some are located on stx or some roadside stands that sell the leaves, powder or tea ?

thanx in advance for any input..


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July 24, 2013 1:27 pm  

There is usually someone selling it at La Reinne market on Saturday mornings.


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July 24, 2013 2:25 pm  

Ridge to Reef sells it - look at vi.locallygrown.net.

it's also really easy to grow your own and it grows FAST. Our tree grew 14 feet in the first year.


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July 24, 2013 2:28 pm  

Also Ital in Paradise restaurant on Queens Cross always has moringa tea, and I think they sell the powder too. Upstairs from Joyia, next door to Riddims.


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July 24, 2013 3:46 pm  

what is it good for?


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stx2020
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July 24, 2013 3:59 pm  

good for so many things

very healthy, look it up

recently was turned on to it


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July 24, 2013 4:15 pm  

The main benefit to taking moringa oleifera is its’ high nutritional content. One average serving of Moringa (a handful of crushed leaves) gives about:
125% daily value of Calcium
61% daily value of Magnesium
41% daily value of Potassium
71% daily value of Iron
272% daily value of Vitamin A
22% daily value of Vitamin C
there are 90 essential vitamins, minerals, or other necessary nutrients for the human body to operate at its’ maximal efficiency. There are no other superfoods that can claim this amount of nutritional value compared to moringa oleifera, which is why moringa is hands down the most powerful superfood on the planet.
There are other believed benefits to taking moringa oleifera on a daily basis:

lower blood pressure
improved mood
improved digestion
improved immune system function
protects the stomach lining
treats stomach ulcers
boosts energy levels
improves sexual function
reduces effects of common auto-immune disorders
and more....


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July 24, 2013 4:36 pm  

it gives you wings


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July 24, 2013 8:20 pm  

But it tastes gawdawful. I fed it to the chickens smile


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Jamison
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July 24, 2013 9:34 pm  

It tastes great. I make a pesto out of the leaves pretty regularly.


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July 24, 2013 10:24 pm  

The fresh leaves taste great, kinda spicy like arugula. And the flowers too are a sweet-spicy combo. I ate right off the tree to help with a hangover, awesome!


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July 25, 2013 12:02 am  

Sounds great, but can you grow the tree in a container? I'm only asking because I'm renting a house and probably can't dig holes in the yard.


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July 25, 2013 1:02 am  

Like I mentioned above, ours grew 14 feet in less than a year and has a trunk about 2" thick. We're getting ready to start trimming it back so it keeps sending out new growth. You could probably grow one in a BIG pot, but it is a tree.

Maybe Jamison could ask the Ridge to Reef folks their opinion?


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July 25, 2013 1:32 am  

thanx for the replies

a friend gave me some seeds which you can eat but taste really bad so next time I will crush them instead of whole to help digest and take with water

found some local made powder at that restaurant near riddims

being told you will feel sooo much better after a week or so if you take some everyday in moderation

also 3rd world countries where food is scarce use it as a food supplement so the people can get what the body needs

let you know in a week how it works..


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July 25, 2013 10:06 am  

BTW..in the Indian section of Plaza, they sell canned Drumsticks, which are the seed pods. I haven't tried them yet...


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July 25, 2013 4:18 pm  

I have five in gallon sized pots. They're "leggy" but they give me enough leaves to "graze" off them regularly. So yeah, to your concern about growing them in a rent space....do it.


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July 25, 2013 4:30 pm  

The roots are like horseradish and the bark is good in tea (and rum)


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July 25, 2013 5:28 pm  

The main benefit to taking moringa oleifera is its’ high nutritional content. One average serving of Moringa (a handful of crushed leaves) gives about:
125% daily value of Calcium
61% daily value of Magnesium
41% daily value of Potassium
71% daily value of Iron
272% daily value of Vitamin A
22% daily value of Vitamin C
there are 90 essential vitamins, minerals, or other necessary nutrients for the human body to operate at its’ maximal efficiency. There are no other superfoods that can claim this amount of nutritional value compared to moringa oleifera, which is why moringa is hands down the most powerful superfood on the planet.
There are other believed benefits to taking moringa oleifera on a daily basis:

lower blood pressure
improved mood
improved digestion
improved immune system function
protects the stomach lining
treats stomach ulcers
boosts energy levels
improves sexual function
reduces effects of common auto-immune disorders
and more....

it's even better than those super algae's (I haven't researched them, but I grew up near Klamath lake where a lot of htem come from)?

sounds pretty awesome, I bet I could toss it in my juicer for a super boosted drink (I used to use mostly Kale, but I don't know if Kale will even grow here or not).

and if the trees grow fast maybe I'll plant a few, sounds pretty amazing.


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July 25, 2013 5:31 pm  

Kale does grow here, but primarily over the "winter" months when we have cooler nights. There are a few growers that grow some awesome kale. I imagine we will have even more next year due to demand.

Chaya is another wonderful local plant, it's been called the "diabetes plant" because it has been show to reduce blood sugar and help control diabetes II. One of my friends who is diabetic comes and harvests some from our trees regularly. You do HAVE to cook it though, because it contains arsenic (which cooks out). No juicing! Jamison has cooked it a lot out at Ridge to Reef and I'm sure has more tips.


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July 25, 2013 5:52 pm  

Kale does grow here, but primarily over the "winter" months when we have cooler nights. There are a few growers that grow some awesome kale. I imagine we will have even more next year due to demand.

Chaya is another wonderful local plant, it's been called the "diabetes plant" because it has been show to reduce blood sugar and help control diabetes II. One of my friends who is diabetic comes and harvests some from our trees regularly. You do HAVE to cook it though, because it contains arsenic (which cooks out). No juicing! Jamison has cooked it a lot out at Ridge to Reef and I'm sure has more tips.

well how much arsenic does it contain? Arsenic (B17) is actually a quite healthy compound and a lot of cancer treatment is being tried with it due to it's properties (of course, as with all compounds, dosage is key). if it's a good source of B17 that could be quite beneficial also!

Book on B17 (Arsenic):
http://www.amazon.com/Cancer-Industry-Classic-Establishment-Updated/dp/1881025098?tag=vglnkc4812-20

Arsenic (B17) and Cyanide (related to B12)
http://www.worldwithoutcancer.org.uk/laetrileandcyanide.html

the phrase "everything in moderation" applies to SO MUCH MORE than just what we think is safe to eat it seems...

Ever heard of Hormesis?

I'm currently wearing a polished piece of uranium ore as a pendant, have been for 6 months now. (this one is sometimes a bit too much for people, but it's a VERY interesting topic)

here's some books that touch on Hormesis:
http://www.amazon.com/Underexposed-What-Radiation-Actually-Good/dp/0930073355

http://www.amazon.com/Radiation-Reason-Impact-Science-Culture/dp/0956275613/ref=pd_cp_b_0

and a video that is amazing:

a shorter clip that is interesting:


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July 25, 2013 10:32 pm  

Thanks Lemongrass Girl. I will get started soon.


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July 26, 2013 3:36 pm  

Here's a website on Moringa trees. It includes how to grow (in pots even!), how to prune, and how to use the flowers/buds, leaves etc.

Moringa trees care and uses

This website has recipes

Moringa recipes


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July 27, 2013 11:21 am  

Moringa tree

We jumped on the moringa bandwagon earlier this year, bought 3 small plants at the LaReine farmers market. I noticed this week there are moringa plants for sale at the Sion Farm gas station. Our plants were about a foot tall when we bought them, we planted 2 in the ground and 1 in a large planter. The 2 in the ground are over 10 feet tall and the plantered one is about 7 feet tall, I'm also amazed at how quickly they grow. I dry the leaves and chop into a fine powder in the blender, sprinkle on pizza under the parmesan cheese, sprinkle on scrambled eggs ... green eggs & ham=YUM! 🙂 Next I'll try making some pesto with it.

Kale

I've grown a variety of kale that does very well here, it's called Portuguese kale. One of our plants grew for over a year and thrived. The leaves are large and smooth compared to regular kale, makes it easier to wash the dirt and lizard poo off them before consuming. 😉 We mostly used it in juicing. Here's a link to the seeds: http://www.reneesgarden.com/seeds/packpg/veg/kale-portuguese.htm


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July 27, 2013 12:47 pm  

STXjill, your potted one may be pot bound - stunted growth sometimes means there is not any more room for roots.


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