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Moringa peregrina

Moringa peregrina
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Copyright: Ori Fragman Sapir (fragman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3028 W: 11 N: 2351] (43668)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-15
Categories: Trees
Exposure: f/16, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-30 0:50
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Points: 10
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This leaflet tree grows in E Africa, reaching its northern range in Israel, wehre this pic was taken. As u can see it has huge fruit pods. The flowers open in spring time, they are white and scented. Recently the natural authorities incourage the use of this tree in gardens, to back up the very few wild populations.

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Hi Ori,
this is an interesting tree ,it reminds me of one that was similar growing in my old home in Ontario Canada.That tree had many nasty thorns on it however.You have good colour,focus and depth of field.The only distraction is the streetlamp however.Tfs. Bob

Hi Ori,
Unusual tree you photographed If you could not get the whole tree perhaps you could have concentrated on the lowest branch showing and zoomed in closer to give a more detailed look of the pods.
Just my opinion of course.

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  • runa Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 11] (46)
  • [2007-07-01 9:54]

Hi, Ori

Nice images. Very interested tree


Interesting tree Ori. Is the fruit witihn edible?

Superb photo of this flower. Love the strong with the green colours!
Best wishes,

The fruit of another Moringa species, Moringa oleifera, are edible when young, and the foliage is incredibly nutritious. It originates in India. Moringa peregrina is known for the oil extracted from the seeds, which is said to have been a sacred oil in ancient times. The tuber of the plant is roasted and eaten in the southern arabian peninsula.

Actually many people in the country rely on the indigenous medicinal plants for their health needs. The depletion of natural wild medicinal flora is considered a continuous threat. For "Moringa species" Al-Kahtani (1995) reported that some M. peregrina products were higher in phytic acid and lower in chlorogenic acid than soy bean. Tannin was low in all samples of Moringa species. In vitro protein digestibility was slightly lower for M. peregrina than for that of soybean. Al-Kahtani and Abou-Arab (1993) reported that the young seeds of M. peregrina are eaten like peas and the mature seeds are fried or roasted like groundnuts. Moringa peregrina flour contained more oil than soybean flour, whereas protein isolates had higher protein and lower carbohydrate levels than those of soybeans. Potassium and sodium were the predominant minerals in M. peregrina flour. These data may provide a good indication of the possibility of utilizing this endemic species in a larger scale.

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