Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Real Food, Maqui Berry, Drumstick Tree, Taro, Purslane and ?
Have just planted some new food sources and the Drumstick Tree pictured left is one of these.
"Moringa oleifera has been called one of the world's most useful trees.
It continuously produces edible flowers and green seed pods that are a cross between peanuts and asparagus, and can provide cooking oil.
The leaves are edible, 38% protein with all essential amino acids.
The roots can be used as horseradish and medicinally.
It is drought tolerant and has another special attribute.
Its dried seeds can be crushed to purify water to drinking standard.
To the right is my maqui berryh another powerful food.
The nursery stated its blue berries would be packed with disease fighting Anthocyanins and photochemicals, so out went my budget and home went the tree.
I look forward to it producing prolific blue berries three times more poweful than acai berries and eight times more powerful than blueberries.
Seems water hungry at present so getting a lot of TLC.
And this is Purslane a lemon flavored salad vegetables with the highest amount of heart-healthy omega-3 fats of any edible plant, according to researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
The scientists also report that this herb has 10 to 20 times more melatonin — an antioxidant that may inhibit cancer growth — than any other fruit or vegetable tested.
This is Taro a food I was introduced to at my community garden.
One of the gardeners from New Guinea showed how to harvest the corms and made a delicious curry for all to share.
The corm may be boiled, baked, fried or barbecued as well as cooked in curries and in coconut milk.
Traditional communities also cook the leaves like any green vegetable.
I am not sure what the plant below is. It has grown from my garden scraps which I dig into the soil.
It is either ginger or turmeric. Would welcome clarification before I harvest.