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Some background on how I came to grow Moringa oleifera trees
out here in the Sonoran Desert
My husband and I moved out to our place in the desert in January 2008 along with our many plants. My love for plants has been a lifelong pursuit. As a child, I enjoyed tending to my family’s summer backyard gardens in Oregon, as well as spending time with my grandparents in Hawaii who were avid gardeners of vegetables, exotic flowers, and Moringa oleifera trees. I have created gardens in such diverse climates as Oregon, Florida, Colorado, and Arizona, and have learned to adapt to growing in each of these environments, believing that hands on experience is the best teacher.
A few years ago I was doing interview work for a global TV channel, and in 2008 was sent to do an interview with a guy who was growing moringa oleifera trees to help feed impoverished people. I had never heard the name moringa and decided I better learn about it so I could prepare some interview questions. When I started my online research of this amazing plant, I recognized it immediately as what I've always known as marunguay, one of the names it is called in the Philippines, where it is highly revered as a food tree. Being that my mother is Filipino, it is no wonder my grandparents had these trees growing in their backyard in Kauai. It was always my favorite vegetable to eat while visiting, which all my relatives knew, so they would make sure they had plenty of drumsticks in their freezer for me to eat if they weren't in season when I visited.
When I did the interview, the interviewee gave me my first seeds which I promplty started growing. In the meantime I tried to locate anyone in the Tucson area who knew anything about this tree. The only thing I could find was a mature tree growing downtown at the University of Arizona, which told me that they can grow here. So I began my journey to learn more about moringa, to obtain more seeds and to start growing, observing, and learning about them under all sorts of growing conditions. At the same time I began filling a niche that was growing from others seeking them out after learning of their extraordinary nutritional attributes. It is a great joy for me to have the miracle Moringa tree of life back in my life and to be sharing what I know about it with you.
At Moringa Tree of Life our mission is to educate people about this amazing ‘Miracle Tree’ and enable folks all over the country to grow and nurture their own plants. We grow Moringa organically with love and great care in the desert outside of
Please explore our website for nutritional information about Moringa oleifera trees, recipes, growing tips and books about this miracle tree, as well as how to order seeds and seedlings.
And for more info, click on the links below to view these Youtube videos:
Victoria White talks about the Moringa Tree
Young moringa trees, first year in ground, raised from seed. (picture taken July 28, 2009)
Some of the same trees as above, picture taken October 27, 2011. This is one season's growth
since they died back last winter, and they are about 15 feet tall.
Lots of drumstick pods and blossoms:
This picture was taken on November 21, 2009, right before our first freeze of the winter.
This picture was taken on May 12, 2011 of new growth coming up from the roots after a cold winter.