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Planting the Moringa

In Guatemala, in-country staff, volunteers and MyM residents planted 60 “miracle” trees, also known as moringa. Director of Latin American Programs Lindsay Adams learned about these trees from the CEO of the Agribusiness Development Agency of South Africa at an agriculture conference in Milwaukee hosted by Growing Power, and was able to procure them for the residents at MyM through one of HEAR’s resourceful local volunteers. These trees are remarkable because their leaves contain high amounts of multiple vitamins and essential amino acids. When they are dried they do not lose significant amounts of their nutrients, allowing for longer storage times.
En Guatemala, voluntarios, empleados y residentes del hogar sembraron 60 arboles “milagros”, tambien conocidos como moringa.  Lindsay Adams se entero de estos arboles en una conferencia donde gente de la Agencia de Desarollo de Empresas Agriculturales de Sud Africa le hablo sobre este arbol impresionante.  Estos arboles son tan notables porque sus hojas contienen altas cantidades de varios vitaminas y aminoacidos esenciales.  Cuando se secan las hojas no pierden cantidades significativas de sus nutrientes, lo cual permite tiempos de almacenamiento mas largos.

Moringa Benefits

Moringa Benefits

The residents and caretakers participated in a workshop designed to teach them about the nutritional properties of the trees, and afterwards the caretakers learned how to incorporate the leaves’ paste into typical dishes such as tortillas and pasta sauce. The head caretaker said that while she was worried that the flavor of the plant would be strange and the young women would be hesitant to eat it, after the demonstration she was convinced that it was adaptable to local foods and would be a huge benefit to the growth and development of the residents.

Los residentes y cuidadores participaron en un taller disenado para ensenarles sobre las propiedades nutricionales de los arboles, y despues los cuidadores aprendieron a incorporar la pasta de las hojas en platos tipicos como las tortillas y salsa de espagueti.  La jefa del hogar dijo que aunque estaba preocupada de que el sabor de la planta seria raro y que las residentes estarian reticentes a comer, despues de la demostracion estaba convencida que seria adaptable a las comidas locales y que seria un gran beneficio para el crecimiento y desarollo de las residentes.

Sister Josefina Adds Moringa Paste to Torilla Dough

Sister Josefina Adds Moringa Paste to Tortilla Dough. Agregando la pasta moringa a la masa de tortilla