LINDA (CBS13) — People in Linda are used to seeing convenience stores and liquor stores on almost every corner, but they’ve probably never seen anything like this — 150 of what are called miracle trees in the middle of their city.
There’s a lot of people who believe you can sustain a healthy diet just by consuming moringa.
So Americorp volunteer Jamie Ports decided to bring the health benefits of the moringa tree to the the tiny town of linda, which has a population that’s getting bigger every day.
“A majority is overweight and a minority is morbidly obese,” said Rachel Farrell, who operates Harmony Health Family Resource Center.
Ports volunteers with Farrell’s non-profit. Farrell says 65 percent of people in Yuba County are obese primarily because many don’t have access to healthy food.
Health officials don’t actually believe eating moringa sprouts or leaves from the tree will shrink your waist line but say it could be used to supplement a healthy diet when used in smoothies or salads.
They say one teaspoon of this is the equivalent to the same amount of protein in a serving of milk and yogurt.
And Ports says the miracle tree grows miraculously fast.
Some of these trees have already grown 4-6 inches since we planted them (last week).
They’re hoping word of this miracle tree popular for healing ailments in developing countries will take root here in Linda.
Volunteers expect the trees to be ready for harvest by next spring.