A ‘miracle tree’ that could feed sub-Saharan AfricaBy vijaysree venkatraman | September 19th, 2008 | Category: CSM |
Recently, I saw a C&EN blog under the intriguing title: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary…. Moringa? I wrote on the moringa a while ago for CSM.
As a child growing up in India, I greeted the appearance of one particular vegetable on my plate with exaggerated distaste: tender seedpods from the moringa tree, locally known as “drumsticks.” Imagine my surprise when I heard a health worker from sub-Saharan Africa describe this backyard tree as a possible solution to malnutrition in tropical countries – he called it a “miracle tree,” no less.