Moringa

(Moringa oleifera)
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Moringa (Moringa oleifera) is a fast growing tree crop in it’s native tropical regions (parts of Africa and Asia). It’s well known for its highly nutritious leaves, but also produces bean like pods full of seeds.
Our aim is to produce our own seed crop in WNC so we can make regionally adapted selections and not have to rely on seeds from Africa or Florida each year.

OUR WORK

The Utopian Seed Project has been growing moringa for a number of years, but we have not yet achieved a seed crop to make the practice regionally sustainable. Our 2020 aim is to produce our own seed crop in WNC so we can make regionally adapted selections and not have to rely on seeds from Africa or Florida each year.

Here's a selection of edible summer greens growing at the #experimentalfarm right now. Even though you may never have tried (or maybe heard) of some of these, they are not new. We did not discover them. They belong to cultures older and wiser, ancestral work done to create many of the food crops that exist today, both known and forgotten.

We support eating and exploring these crops, and there is resilience in a diversified food system that will be much needed as climate change continues. But climate justice and climate work goes hand in hand with social justice and social work, so respecting those who came before (the work, the culture, the traditons, the people) is critical to our journey.

This picture shows a world of possibilities, but it also shows the world.

Top Row, Left to Right
1. Permelon (Cucurbita maxima)
2. Butternut (Cucurbita moschata)
3-4. Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas)
5 (top). Southern Pea (Vigna unguiculata)
5 (bottom). African Basil (Ocimum gratissimum)
6. Moringa (Moringa oleifera)

Bottom Row, Left to Right
1. Chaya (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius)
2. Sunset Hibiscus (Abelmoschus manihot)
3-4. Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)
5. Abelmoschus tetraphyllus
6 (top). Taro (Colocasia esculenta)
6 (bottom). Chayote (Sechium edule)

#summergreens #diversefood #chayote #chaya #taro #moringa #hibiscus #okra #southernpeas #basil #squash #sweetpotato #eatyourgreens #leafygreens #greens #notallgreensarered
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The miniature moringa forest is beginning to take off.
Moringa oleifera is a fast growing tree crop in it's native tropical regions (parts of Africa and Asia). It's well known for its highly nutritious leaves, but also produces bean like pods full of seeds.
Our aim is to produce our own seed crop in WNC so we can make regionally adapted selections and not have to rely on seeds from Africa or Florida each year.

#moringa
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