The Moringa Tree Show
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Hi, my name is Kendrick and I started Numa Nursery in 2014 before graduating from USF in 2016 with a master's in architecture. Since then, I've been playing in the dirt and now consider myself a farmer. I spend a lot of time planting moringa trees. I also freelance side jobs for permaculture food forest design here in the Tampa Bay area. You can reach me on my website NumaNursery.com to find out more information about what I do.
What is Numa Nursery?
Numa Nursery is a plant nursery and we currently focus on growing the moringa tree. We provide moringa trees in pots at local farmers markets where we sell not only the trees, but also where we offer all of our moringa products made from local moringa trees. The material used to make our handmade moringa products come from moringa trees provided by The Moringa Grower’s Co-op.
The Moringa Grower’s Co-op grows thousands of moringa trees on over 300+ properties in the Tampa Bay area not only for the benefit of feeding pets, dogs, cats, fish and even fodder animals like goats, chickens and turkeys or any kind of farm animal that you may have, but moringa also feeds the plants in your garden or farm. You can make compost tea with moringa as a plant fertilizer adding lots of minerals and nutrients to the soil, preventing pest damage and malnutrition. That being said, moringa also feeds people, many parts of the tree are used for human consumption. Moringa has thousands of agricultural, commercial and industrial uses.
I’d like to say, thanks again for tuning into Moringaville, the new moringa tree show and watching this trailer, which is an MGC certified production, informing viewers like you about everything moringa. In the upcoming episodes we're going to talk about the moringa tree industry including ways you can become a moringa grower and how to apply for positions within the moringa tree industry as a processor, educator and moringa marketeer. We’re going to talk about moringa tree tree biology, requirements for growing moringa trees and find out what are some moringa problems like pests and insects. We have a boat load of recipes that you can make at home with your very own moringa trees and or incorporating some of our moringa products. We’re going to answer questions about how you would irrigate the moringa tree if you owned one and also how you should landscape or manage the property that's growing moringa trees, I like to call it moringa management. Also, Moringaville will cover the safety aspects of harvesting moringa trees and hazards from working outside and much much more.
Each Moringaville episode will include a moringa fact and
1 frequently asked question.
Let's start off by introducing miss moringa, here on the set we have a young moringa tree in a pot, planted about 3 months ago from a local seed. Moringa’s are actually hermaphroditic in nature, not having a single sex until they get a little more mature or around other older moringa trees, but I like to call them ‘her’ and ‘she’ to reference. She’s about a foot tall now and we’ve already cut back the top to harvest fresh microgreens. Since then, the stalk has thickened nicely with bark forming and she’s already producing several new shoots from the cut location for us to harvest even more in the coming months. Some of the lower leaves turn yellow as she grows taller, that means she’s used up the energy from those leaves and they begin to fall off. It is common to see lower leaves turn yellow, they’re not as good to eat when they’re yellow, but can be placed in the compost to make soil. During cooler months when the weather drops below 50 degrees moringa trees go into a dormant state and don’t grow as much. These are tropical trees, they love the heat, dry or humid weather with lots of sun. They are very versatile in sandy soils, rocky soils and even nutrient depleted soils. Right now, we have her in sandy composted soil with some humus by adding coconut coir with Azomite rock dust mineral additive as organic fertilizer and a layer of oak mulch on top.
You can incorporate fresh moringa greens into your diet by making soups, salads and sandwiches with the fresh greens as you would use spinach, lettuce or kale. Moringa is very versatile, it's soft leaves are a little bit spicy. We make lots of pestos and sauces with the fresh greens. It's really great to have in your own backyard to use fresh. Fresh is always best.
The added value of being able to dry the leaves is even more beneficial in getting moringa to people in need. One of the reasons you have not seen moringa in the grocery stores yet as a fresh green is because they don’t last very long nor do they look very appealing to eat even just a few hours after being harvested. So, what we do at Numa Nursery is air-dry the leaves inside a humid free environment, naturally preserving them. From there you can make a nutritional tea with the dried leaves. We place dried moringa leaves in reusable tea bags which makes a box of tea. Moringa is non-caffeinated! We also prepare the leaves as a moringa protein powder and as a herbal supplement in vegan non-gmo capsules. We carry 100 capsule bottles made from the fresh ground moringa loose leaf.
Why would you want to use moringa? What's the big deal? What's all the hype? Why is dried moringa increasingly on the shelves at local health food stores? Well, moringa is considered a superfood. Believe it or not, moringa contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. A plant-based protein.
Essentially, our bodies don't produce ‘essential’ amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and so we have to get those 9 essential building blocks from sources that we eat. Then, once we have the essential 9 in our bodies they link up with other amino acids that our bodies can produce naturally, building chains of complete proteins. Now, there are thousands of types of proteins, not just the one type most people think about when consuming animals, but protein is essentially a liquid (amino acids) and plants carry tons of beneficial proteins. Moringa has protein for boosting energy.
Moringa is also very high in Iron, how can you tell if something has a high Iron content? The color, dark leafy greens usually carry high levels of naturally occuring Iron that we can consume. I’d like to clarify what it means when plants have ‘Iron’ or other rocks and the difference between plant Iron and Iron from the rock. The best part about eating plants is that they take rock minerals and turn them into digestible liquids for us to benefit from. We cannot eat rocks! Despite the rockman from the Neverending Story. Sometimes when you see supplements containing ‘Iron’ make sure its from a plant source and not a rock source, there have been several supplement companies investigated for putting rock minerals in their products. Yuck! If you suffer from a blood condition I suggest eating more leafy greens and adding local moringa to your diet.
Moringa is also very high in Calcium, which is for the bones and for the teeth. Moringa is also very high in potassium which is good for building muscles. Moringa is also very high in Vitamin A and Beta Carotene for the eyes and nervous system. Moringa also has Vitamin B for healthy brain function. Moringa also has Vitamin C for the immune system and Vitamin D, which is stored energy captured from the sun with added benefits of consuming chlorophyll. Moringa also carries fatty acids and has omega-3’s and 6’s which means you can replace fish oil with moringa by consuming some of the moringa seed oil. Moringa is very high in fiber when consuming the leaf, that's also good for the stomach and liver. The digestive system is in the center of your body and should be the center of concern when you get sick. Moringa said to help with balance and getting yourself together, get yourself standing on your square and helps to shed extra pounds. Moringa helps you go to the bathroom, relieving constipation.
By the age of 13 I had onset Crohn's Disease and terrible IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) with a poor functioning liver, digestive system and stomach. I was in constant pain and had uncomfortable hard bowel movements, sometimes only going to the bathroom once a week. I just didn't know that eating certain foods were inflaming my colon or that I was really allergic to certain foods, mostly processed foods. I was not eating to my blood type (A+) nor was I following the laws of nature. Everyday from the age of 11-25 I had to use fiber pills, laxatives and enimas, sometimes even having to throw up after meals because there was so much backed up food in my system it was going rancid sitting in my stomach overnight. It became such a problem that I was becoming anemic and malnourished from the fear of eating. I finally took initiative and began to study my body. Then, I discovered moringa in 2013. Once I stopped eating certain foods and started incorporating moringa into my diet it really helped me get back to health and I haven’t had any pain or symptoms of Crohn's Disease or IBS since then.
What a blissing!
If you’re interested in trying moringa for the first time or don’t know if it will be good for you or if it will counteract your current medications, first speak with your healthcare physician.
One of our favorite ways to incorporate moringa in our diet is with the moringa spice. We start with the green leaf powder and add organic turmeric and pepper. Moringa is just as anti-inflammatory if not more than turmeric, which is really good for the blood, circulation, blood pressure and blood sugars. Moringa is naturally spicy, sometimes being called the horseradish tree, that's why we made a spice with moringa! We also added ceylon cinnamon, cumin, coriander and several other organic herbs and spices. Add moringa spice to raw meals for the most nutritional value or add it to stir-fry veggies with coconut milk (or any nut milks) to make a delicious curry dish. Mmmmm.
We also make cosmetic products with our cold-pressed moringa seed oil. Moringa seed oil is highly prized as an anti-inflammatory moisturizing oil used externally for an array of skin conditions or as a carrier oil in many skin creams, soaps and body butters. We press the moringa seeds with a table-top cold press machine. Rub the moringa seed oil on your face, head in your hair and temples to relieve pressure from headaches and as a cleanser. Rub moringa seed oil on your hands, knuckles, elbows, neck, back, ankles, toes and feet for joint and pressure relief. Moringa seed oil can help heal cuts, bruises, sunburn and reduce scar tissue because of the Vitamin C and mineral content. Moringa seed oil can also be consumed regularly for internal use, increasing your organ functionality and to create an inner glow.
We make cornstarch free (non yeast forming) bath bombs with epsom salts and moringa seed oil, place one in your bathtub and soak for 30 minutes to restore magnesium and soothe the body. We also make moringa soap with the moringa seed oil (coming soon) and the deodorant, which has been extremely effective in cleansing the underarms and skin making us smell and feel better. Moringa is anti-bacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal in nature.
We take the fresh moringa leaves and steep them in 190 proof organic grape seed alcohol to make moringa leaf extracts. This is one of the most concentrated forms of consuming moringa and also the fastest-acting. The alcohol pulls the nutrients from it’s leaves and preserves them in a liquid, we call it a liquid-amino supplement. It’s in the bloodstream within 8 seconds and can relieve symptoms if someone is suffering from diabetes, unbalanced blood sugars or blood pressure issues.
Let's jump right into today's moringa fact!
Drumroll please. Alright, so this is why we wanted to introduce moringa here on the Moringaville Trailer.
Thanks again for tuning in!
A little known fact about moringa is that the moringa tree produces a seedpod known as the drumstick. In India, the moringa tree is known as merunggai, moringa-ka, shigru, shivga or the most popular name, the drumstick tree. The drumstick is a long cylindrical seedpod, sometimes with 20 or more seeds inside and it looks like the male reproductive organ! That’s what it’s good for too.
It’s common for foods that resemble parts of the body to be good for that particular body part. Haven’t you ever heard walnuts and pecans are good for the brain, carrots when sliced looks like an eye, tomatoes look like a heart and fruits look like the female reproductive organ? That type of thing also pertains to moringa drumsticks. Traditionally, men suffering from an enlarged prostate or even erectile dysfunction or poor circulation, will chop fresh green moringa seedpods and put them in soup called drumstick sambar, which is a tomato based soup amazing for not only increasing your circulation and helping with blood sugars but it can also act as male enhancement supplement. Moringa drumsticks can even help with stamina and endurance. Moringa can help in any of those areas below the belt as well as increasing your brain power, helping to cleanse the brain from mucus as well as every other part of the body. I encourage you to try the fresh green drumsticks for yourself today.
I attend local farmers markets selling moringa trees, offering moringa greens, drumsticks and products made from local moringa trees and get asked thousands of questions a day.
Let’s wrap up the Moringaville Trailer with one common moringa question almost everybody asks.
What does the moringa tree do?
I usually reply by saying, it grows. LOL and it’s true. This is the most famous attribute of the moringa tree. Moringa trees grow so fast you can have a 10-foot tall tree in less than a year. That's right, within just a few short months of the growing season moringa could reach upwards of ten feet. Sometimes if you plant moringa trees in the ground as a young seedling and cut it back several times early in the season you can have an even larger moringa tree with multiple stalks and branches by the end of summer. The ability to grow so fast also provides an abundance of not only green leafy material, but also seed pods, seeds and useful wood and roots.
Thank you, thank you so much for joining us. This is our very first film we’ve ever made on YouTube. Please support the Moringa Grower’s Co-op (MGC). We're coming out with a Moringa CSA-BOX pretty soon. Essentially, it's going to have a variety of sample products inside a custom made recycled cardboard box. It’s a $60 value for only $49, but if you order now on our website, we’re having a pre-order sale and it only costs $39 for a single CSA-BOX. So, if you order now for $39 you'll get $60 worth of moringa products and we’ll ship it once the custom box has been made from a local carton company. The Moringa CSA-BOX will have a moringa leaf extract, a moringa seed oil dram and some moringa capsules. It'll also have some moringa spice, moringa powder, a moringa bath bomb, moringa deodorant, a moringa tea baggie, moringa loose leaf to refill your tea bags and an aluminum tea strainer. For every CSA-BOX sold, we’ll plant one moringa tree in the Tampa Bay area. We need your help in providing soil and education to these new moringa trees and moringa growers, please purchase your Moringa CSA-BOX today and support the Moringa Grower’s Co-op.
Thanks again for joining us! Much love, gratitude & prosperous growing.
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