MORINGA CROP- MANY IMPORTANT USES
Moringa crop is a very important crop in the history of mankind. This is because its uses are numerous and diverse both as a food crop and a medicinal crop.
Evidences show that Moringa crop is made up of many parts to include; stem, leaves, root and seeds.
Moringa oleifera is the most widely cultivated specie of monogeneric family, the Moringaceae. The leaves are the vegetative parts.
Other species are Moringa oleifera, M. arborea, M. borziana, M. concanensis, M. drouhardii, M. hildebrandtii, M. longituba, M. ovalifolia, M. peregrine, M. pygmaea, M. rivae, M. ruspoliana and M. stenopetala
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South Asia has been noted as where it originated from and it is grown in the Himalayan foothills from northeastern Pakistan to Northern West Bengal, India.
Its cultivation has reached very far different areas of the world since its leaves, roots, seeds and stem have many important uses.more to read:
It has been introduced and become naturalized in other parts of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia, West Asia, the Arabian peninsula, East and West Africa.
It is also cultivated in Southern Florida, throughout the West Indies, and from Mexico to Peru, Paraguay and Brazil. In Puerto Rico, it is grown chiefly as an ornamental and in fencerows and hedges.
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USES OF MORINGA LEAVES
Moringa leaves are used for nutritional and medicinal purposes. This article outlines many of these uses;
- a major vegetable used in cooking (culinary uses)
- domestic cleaning agent (crushed leaves)
- animal forage (leaves and treated seed-cake)
- biogas (from leaves),
- foliar nutrient (juice expressed from the leaves),
- green manure (from leaves),
- medicine mostly as it is used in the following ways;
- circulatory stimulant
- cholesterol lowering
- antifungal activities
- Used generally for the treatment of different ailments in the indigenous system of medicine
Upcoming articles will concentrate on the uses of moringa stem, seeds and roots. Continue visiting this site for more.
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