Meet Moringa, The African Superfood That’s Healthier Than Kale
Monday, August 24, 2015
Partway into a stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, Lisa Curtis started to feel the effects of poor nutrition. But instead of popping more vitamins, she started eating a local, leafy tree called moringa. With seven times as much vitamin C as oranges, twice the protein of yogurt, and three times the calcium of milk, it did the trick.
It was popular locally in Niger, but Curtis realized that it might also do well in the U.S. – and it could be a much-needed source of new income for local farmers in Africa. When she came home, the 27-year-old made plans for a new food company.
"We want to make Americans adopt moringa the same way that they latched onto quinoa 10 years ago, acai six years ago, and chia seeds three years ago," she says.