Our moringa tree comes into its own; and notes on Jamaica’s tea-drinking habits

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Over the years, I have posted photos of our belovedmoringa tree, and sung its praises. In fact, it’s three trees, but they have intertwined over the years, so I think of it as one.

Several years later, how have our trees evolved? Looking back at the pictures I had shared, I realise that their character has changed. They are not as pretty and fluffy as it used to be, fluttering brilliant green leaves like lace and white flowers.

Their bark is rough and scarred. They are still skinny and straggly, and of course much taller. Moringa trees around town are often mercilessly hacked into shape by zealous gardeners along roadsides. Ours just do exactly what they feel like doing – which is mostly lean into other trees and plants – including a young neem tree and at the same time growing upwards – higher than the roof of…

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