West African Moringa
In West Africa, the moringa plant is popularly used both in personal cuisine and in agricultural production. We purchase our Moringa from a group of producers affiliated with a dispensary and with a nursery for orphans ages 0-2. After having used spirulina, the association that manages the operation began to focus its efforts towards improving the health of the children by promoting the usage of moringa. Having become experts in the field, its members provide training upon request over the production and processing of Moringa, especially as per request of the FAO (the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN). Today, our group of producers rests among the best sources of Moringa in West Africa. The majority of the harvest is consumed by the orphan children, and Moringa & Co. only buys the available surplus during the abundant rain seasons. The profits earned by the association contribute to the orphanage’s continued production and supply of Moringa.
In the south of Ethiopia, the country of Konso is reputable for its terraced fields and tree cover, which work together to preserve its land from soil erosion. Its countryside is remarkable, World Heritage ranked by UNESCO, and is bountiful with Moringa! In this region an endemic species of moringa can be found: Moringa Stenopetala, of which is not found anywhere else in the world. This species grows to be larger than that of Moringa Oleifera, however its leaves contain the same nutritional qualities. This tree serves as the pillar of Konso's culture with each family planting one before constructing their homes as well as consuming its leaves at each meal therein after. Moringa can be found all throughout the villages; both conserved and planted throughout the fields. The leaves, whether directly consumed or sold fresh at the market, have only recently begun to be dried and commercialized in Konso as well as other regions of Ethiopia. With this rare product we propose usage in tea infusions and regular cooking.