The Plant Report- Every Plant Has A Story (trees)
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Moringa- The Miracle Tree

Moringa is called the Miracle Tree and after listening to this episode, you'll know why! Native to Africa and Asia, Moringa offers a plethora of benefits. Fast and easy to grow in the right climate (tropical and sub-tropical), Moringa is loaded with nutrients. Many parts of the Moringa are edible and/or medicinal, including the leaves, oil, bark and gum. 

To learn about this marvelous tree, I spoke with plant expert and Permaculture designer Julious Piti. Based in Zimbabwe, Julious is the founder of PORET, an organization that supports farmers in dryland areas and works to address hunger, malnutrition, and poverty. 

Click Here to listen to a longer interview about the Real Green Revolution in Africa with the inspiring Julious Piti. 

For those listeners who don't live in a sub-tropical or tropical climate, I'm growing two healthy Moringa trees in a Mediterranean climate. I've heard of people in colder areas who grow Moringa outside in warmer months and in green houses when it's cool. 

Direct download: Moringa-_The_Giving_Tree.mp3
Category:Trees -- posted at: 4:46pm PST

Hala- The Hawaiian PVC Pipe

We met with farmer and Hawaiian plant expert John Aquino on the beautiful grounds of the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens located on the island of Maui. In this episode, John talks about the many uses of Hala- Pandanus tectorius. Hala can be woven into floor mats, canoe sails, and baskets. Hala is a famine food, has male and female trees and its trunk can be used for irrigation. John calls Hala- the Hawaiian PVC Pipe! 

To schedule a tour of Maui Nui Botanical Gardens click here.  Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the state of Hawaii located on a coastal dune system that features native Hawaiian coastal and dry forest plants. Their website:www.MNBG.org.

 

Direct download: Hala_with_John_Aquino_1.mp3
Category:Trees -- posted at: 1:11pm PST

Bunya-Bunya Tree

The Bunya-Bunya (Araucaria bidwillii) is a tall, evergreen coniferous tree with large, edible and high carbohydrate nuts. In this Plant Report, Permaculture designer and horticulturist Byron Joel talks with Jill Cloutier about the Bunya-Bunya; its growing habits, history and untapped potential as a perennial staple crop. (Just watch out for those bowling ball sized falling cones!)

Direct download: Bunya_Bunya_with_Byron_Joel.mp3
Category:Trees -- posted at: 5:41pm PST

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