The incredible, edible Moringa

by Community Forests International on August 14, 2013

Kiswahili: Moringa English: Moringa Latin: Moringa oleifera

Moringa is a very incredible, edible tree. It's leaves and seeds are rich in protein, minerals, and vitamins. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), pound for pound Moringa is more nutritious than health foods such as yogurt, bananas, and carrots!

Amazingly, Moringa seeds can also be used to purify water. They contain a significant amount of water soluble proteins (which carry a positive charge) and when added to muddy water these proteins act like magnets for contaminants like silt, clay, and bacteria (mostly negatively charged), causing them to clump together (flocculate / coagulate). These clumps of contaminants are then easy to remove from water by settling or filtration.

For more information on Moringa's water purification properties, check out this technical bulletin from Gate Information Service.

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