Yesterday I wrote a blog on the current status of women's health in India. The blog http://stellasmusings.blogspot.com/2011/10/sickly-truth-half-of-indias-women-are.html is about how over 50% of Indian women suffer form anemia and malnutrition - a fact revealed by a recent report.
After the blog was published, a friend called Olanike from Kaduna, Nigeria asked me if I knew miracle tree (moringa oleifera) which could cure anemia. Executive Director of Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment in Kaduna, Olanike often advises women in her community to use the miracle tree to build blood, thus fighting anemia. And that is how I came to write this blog.
|Moringa Oleifera/Miracle Tree: Over 50% of women in India suffer from anemia and consuming parts of this tree can help build blood and restore their health|
Miracle Tree or drumstick or Sanjna is a tree widely available in India. In fact I have never lived in a house that didn't have at least 1 miracle tree in its garden. And I have always eaten, not just its beans/pods (the 'drumsticks'), but also its leaves and flowers which you can eat in different ways, are quite tasty as well,beside being high in nutrition.
Though my blog is about sharing ways that my community uses a herb/plant, for your benefit here I would share the nutritional value of the miracle tree.
Vitamins: A, B, C, E
Minerals: Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Sulfur, Zinc
Amino Acids: ALL!
Fatty Acids: Omega 3, 6, 9
And now, here is how to eat different parts of the miracle tree:
1. The bean/drumstick: Cut them into 2/3 inches long pieces and cook them either with lentil or with other vegetables. While eating, chew on the pieces, suck the juice and spit out the remaining ball of fiber which is too hard to swallow.
2. The flower: Wash them thoroughly. You can either saute them, or make tiny balls of a handful of flowers, dip them in a batter of corn flour and fry them in oil.
3.The leaves: You can cook them in daal/lentil soup which will make the soup aromatic, thicker and tastier. But you can also cook them separately: fry them in a little oil with chopped onions, a pinch of salt, a pinch of rye and a few pieces of ginger .
As you read, I request you to share this with any woman you come across who is anemic, and has little money to afford modern medicine. Ask her to use the miracle tree beans or leaves or flowers as much as can. Its free, it can be made tasty and it can restore her health.
So go on, share this nature's treasure with someone and help a miracle happen today.