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Five Foods That Come From Trees Fundamental to Reforestation

It is no secret that protecting the environment is a pivotal part of living a safe, fruitful life on Earth. Having a healthy environment is the foundation to sustaining our planet and enjoying all it has to offer, such as clean water, climate regulation, and having clean air, to name a few. 

With Arbor Day coming up, a national holiday that encourages tree planting, we are forced to reflect on the harmful effects of deforestation and what we can do as a result. 

Trees protect us from the wind, improve air quality, and support wildlife. Trees also provide us with many foods we enjoy in our daily lives. Here are some of these trees that are fundamental to reforestation. 

Moringa Trees 

Moringa trees are a special gift to humankind. All parts of the moringa tree are edible, including its leaves, flowers, and bark. Moringa trees help with nutrition and are fundamental to reforestation due to their rapid absorption of carbon dioxide and soil and water conservation. 

Leucaena Trees 

Leucaena is a legume that provides shade for other important crops such as cacao and coffee. It also forms charcoal that produces little ash. It is essential for reforestation due to its high nutritional value and its help in the maintenance and preservation of other crops.

Papaya Trees

Papayas are a sweet, tropical fruit that you can find in many fruit salads. Papaya trees are known to have a low carbon footprint and cause no significant damage to land, water, and soil. With summertime coming up, here is a way you can incorporate sustainable papaya as refreshment with a twist. 

Papaya Margarita

Ingredients

 

Directions

  1. Moisten rims of 4 glasses with lime wedges. Dip moistened edges in the chile-lime seasoning salt. Chill glasses in the freezer until ready to serve.
  2. Puree the papaya with the lime juice and simple syrup in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour papaya puree into a 2-quart pitcher. Stir in the tequila and orange liqueur. Serve over ice in chile powder-rimmed glasses.
  3. Garnish papaya margaritas with lime wedges. Cheers!

Citrus Trees

Citrus fruits are tangy and juicy and provide a lot of flavor to our favorite dishes. Citrus trees such as those that produce oranges and lemons help the environment because they produce fresh oxygen and feed and protect wildlife. 

Mango Trees 

Mangoes are very popular in tropical climates. This sweet, juicy fruit is enjoyed in salads, juices, dressings, and even eaten straight off the branch. Mangoes are fundamental to reforestation as they help with carbon sequestration and support soil health and wildlife. 

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