Saturday, August 4, 2018

Permaculture Perennials Tough Foods for Climate Change

The soft leaves of the Moringa Trees are so beautiful and graceful it seems wrong to eat them but their nutritional content is exceptional and they are seen by many as a new superfood

Sometimes the Moringa tree is called the “miracle” tree because of its exceptional  vitamin and mineral content. and just a few leaves or a tablespoon of moringa powder each day adds a nutritional boost to any diet.

They are also one of plants that will help us through climate change as they are so easy to grow in the toughest of conditions and give so much return.

This tree at the bottom of my garden provides a continuous supply of leaves which I eat raw in salads or with my evening vegetables, and it is also a delicious addition to cooked dishes.

What is more it is the tree that keeps on giving  as it is so easy to grow from the seed pods.

My friends and myself now have trees from my original mother plant.

Another tough permacultue plant that flourishes under all conditions is the Pigeon Pea.

I always have a few Pigeon Pea plants in my garden which is easy as they self seed.

The peas are nutritious and in the African Pigeon Pea which I prefer large.

With a few of these bushes in your garden you will never lack for protein.

Green  Pigeon Peas steamed or raw  are delicious and nutritious.

 Aa well as their protein they are also a good fiber source and contain vitamin C, several members of the B vitamin family including folate and thiamin and essential minerals including iron, manganese, potassium, and phosphorus.

In many cultures these peas are dried and used to make exciting dahl dishes but I am so busy eating them green I don't get round to that.

For future climate conditions this hardy food can provide a great protein source in its many formats.

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