2021, VOLUME 8 ISSUE 1Pages: 1-5
Nutritional and mineral composition of leaves, roots and seeds of Moringa oleifera Lam. tree from Tenerife, Spain
Department I+D+i A3Ceres Asesoría Agroalimentaria and Unidad de Protección Vegetal, Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias (ICIA), Tenerife, Spain
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Moringa oleifera, known as “tree of life” is one of the species with the most potential in agriculture and alimentation. Their leaves, roots and seeds have nutritional and medicinal properties and can be consumed in different ways in our diet. Moringa grows in tropical and subtropical regions with high photoperiod, as India, Pakistan and many countries in Africa and Latin-America. In Europe, the best place for moringa tree cultivation is located in Canary Islands, Spain. In the present study, nutritional analysis of different parts of moringa grown in Tenerife (Canary Islands) was analysed. Our results seem to indicated that moringa leaves, roots and seeds are grown in Tenerife showed high quality compared to moringa plants grown in other regions. Our finding tends to indicate the importance of volcanic soil in the development of ecological or agroecological agriculture, as confers a wide range of minerals and natural nutrients to plants. Tenerife island is a place in Europe for moringa tree cultivation and developing a potential industry in the Canary Islands outermost region.