I was so excited when I heard about The Moringa Tree’s planned opening from Marshall King’s blog post.
But then I went on vacation and forgot all about it, until my fabulous friend Alyssa suggested we check it out for a late lunch date! It was like that cartoon light bulb lit up above my head! Such a great idea!
On Wednesday, April 17, we met there interested to try some new food. I had a little trouble finding it because the building, which is a little green house on Jackson Boulevard, didn’t have a sign on it at all that I could see. The sign was near the road, and perhaps a little small – or perhaps I’m a little unobservant.
After we arrived it began to rain as Jenny Rusnell, owner of The Moringa Tree, told us about the fresh juices, smoothies, fermented sourdough, coconut oil, and even the quality of cookware and water she uses. All of her menu items are vegetarian, but she has chicken ready for anyone wanting it included in their meal.
We ordered the daily pizza special. Rusnell suggests calling ahead if you don’t want to wait 20 minutes for a pizza. We shared an order of guacamole and slurped on our freshly-made smoothies (organic blueberries, bananas, avocado, coconut milk, raw honey, moringa, maca, and vegan protein powder) while we waited. The smoothie was pleasantly light and complex.
The pizza was fan-freakin-tastic. It was made with organic, homemade sauce (apparently full of garlic goodness), raw cheddar cheese, Japanese sweet potatoes and kale, all sitting atop a crunchy, fermented sourdough crust.
Alyssa also had never had kale. Such a good day for tasty discoveries!
Remember it was raining after we arrived? Well we enjoyed some lightning and thunder … and then the electricity went out. It didn’t really affect us. The lights stayed on, but the music stopped. The electricity came back relatively quickly and we didn’t have any trouble paying with cards.
It was pleasing to hear Rusnell’s really presenting truly healthy food. I am in the middle of reading a pretty intense book discussing the importance of nutrition on every detail of human health. Maybe it seems obvious that our diet affects every aspect of health, but we’ve been trained to reduce food to parts, and think low-fat, high-protein, low-carb … or any number of ridiculous things.
But nutrition is more than just vitamins, fat, sugar, etc. It’s got to be approached holistically. Not all food is created equal. We must pay attention to the soil, how it is tended, where it’s coming from, etc. And going back to traditional ways of eating and preparing food can ground us on enjoying local, homemade meals.
I visited The Moringa Tree again Thursday, April 18, to grab a 10 oz. juice to go. Perfect pick me up.
Forget coffee, I’m juicing this summer.
You can check out The Moringa Tree Facebook page for more details about the cafe.