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Moringa

Posted by tiresunltd z9 CA (My Page) on
Wed, May 4, 05 at 23:51

has anyone had experiance with Moringas. From what I have read they can do everything but walk on water and burn. I have no idea as to how they tast. I bought some seeds and have 4 sprouts with the anuals, none of the pre-anuals have sprouted yet.
Kathy


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RE: Moringa

Do you mean the African tree that has edible leaves and seed (and probably the flowers and bark too.)I'm in Cnetral Florida and they have grown well here. I use the leaves in salads but a tenet of mine (Chinese) use to make a soup out of the leaves. They are not at all frost hardy, but since we havent had a freeze here in three years I've to two trees that are around 25 feet high. While it is fast growing, it is also fragile, a string rubbing against can cut the tree in two as the injury degrades. In that regard the tree is more like a soft plant, it damages easily and does not heal. However, cut it down and it will grow from the stump readily, thus I am not worried about a freeze killing them per se. As for flavor, I think the katuk has a better flavor, nuttier and goes will in salads.


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RE: Moringa

Yep that's the one. the flowers must be cooked. Bought 3. planted one and it died instanly (clay soil) the other 2 I left in planters and they died back but roots are Ok. Found a sight and they had anuals and 8 have already sprouted. Have never heard of a Katuk, where might I find one. Kathy


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RE: Moringa

  • Posted by Baci z10Ca (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 4, 05 at 8:52

There are different species from moringa from different parts of the world. Here is a site that discusses them:

http://www.mobot.org/gradstudents/olson/moringahome.html

I pre-sprout my seeds. Pests such as rats like to eat the seeds, so they need to be watched when young. Some varieties will fruit the first year.


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