Ora-pro-nóbis know as “poor people's meat” rich in protein
Ora-pro-nóbis, also known in Brazil as “poor people's meat” is a highly nutritious tropical vine rich in protein and fibre. In 100gr of Ora-pro-nóbis leaves you will find 20gr of protein. Besides the possibility of drinking Ora-pro-nóbis tea, you can use the leaves raw in soups, stews, smoothies, salads, cakes, and bread. Despite being a plant that is not commercialized in Europe, Ora-pro-nóbis has benefits and properties that are ideal for vegetarians, and vegans.
In its dried state, Ora-pro-nóbis has 25% protein, which is easily digestible. The fame of Ora-pro-nóbis is said to have started in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil in colonial times. During sermons, slaves and poor people would have consumed Ora-pro-nóbis leaves to fight hunger. Hence, the name “Ora-pro-nóbis”, translates into the expression “pray for us”. Nowadays, in this region, it is common to consume culinary dishes with chicken and Ora-pro-nóbis leaves.
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Benefits of Ora-pro-nóbis
Ora-pro-nóbis (Pereskia aculeata) is considered the favourite vegetable protein of sportsmen, vegans, and vegetarians. It is rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties with healing potential ideal for treating joint and muscle inflammation. In addition, Ora-pro-nóbis leaves are recommended to improve gastric and intestinal well-being because they are rich in soluble fibre. Ora-pro-nóbis is also low in calories, meaning that only 100g of leaves contain between 20 and 30 calories.
The same quantity of fibre is found in flaxseed and chia seed. Ora-pro-nóbis tea can help regulate diabetes, cholesterol, and the nervous system due to the high quantity of vitamins. At the same time, it promotes the strengthening of the immune system and the improvement of blood circulation. Ora-pro-nóbis leaves are also high in calcium and phosphorus, which help strengthen bones, joints, and muscles.
Another of the most mentioned benefits is the presence of retinol in Ora-pro-nóbis leaves, the famous vitamin A derivative. Besides slowing down skin ageing by increasing collagen production, it promotes mood, improves physical performance and helps your vision. Ora-pro-nóbis tea is recommended to prevent anaemia and treat cystitis even gastric ulcers. It is also indicated for depression.
Ora-pro-nóbis may also promote hormonal regulation, contributing to the proper functioning of the thyroid.
Ora-pro-nóbis in Brazil: Festival of Ora-pro-nóbis 2023
On 26, 27 and 28 May the Ora-pro-nóbis Festival 2023 will take place in the city of Sabará in the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. According to the organization, this gastronomic event is “geared towards the commercialization, appreciation, and dissemination of dishes made from Ora-pro-nóbis in Sabará, encompassing both traditional recipes, present in the daily lives of Minas Gerais since colonial times and innovative ones, many of them created especially for the festival.”
Our suggestions for teas and infusions
Ora-pro-nóbis in leaves or powder form isn't in European market. However, we offer you other teas and infusiones that contain properties and benefits similar to those found in Ora-pro-nóbis.
5 Detox Teas Suggestions
- Avocado Tea (leaves);
- Seaweed Tea;
- Barbatimão Herbal Tea (bark);
- Blue Tea (Butterfly Pea Tea - Clitoria ternatea);
- Garcinia Herbal Tea (fruits).
9 best anti-inflammatory teas
- Eucalyptus Tea (leaves);
- Nettle Root Herbal Tea;
- Devil's Claw Tea;
- White Willow Tea;
- Gotu Kola Herbal Tea;
- Plantain Herbal Tea (leaves);
- Klip Dagga Herbal Tea;
- Picão Preto Herbal Tea;
- Moringa Tea (leaves).
11 Teas For Boosting Immune System
- Echinacea Tea (Root);
- Boldo Herbal Tea (leaves);
- Star Anise Tea;
- Orange Leaves Herbal Tea;
- Lemon Peel Tea;
- Papaya Herbal Leaf Tea;
- Rosehip Peels Tea;
- Chicory Root Tea;
- Blackberry Tea - Amora Miura (leaves)
- Lavender Herbal Tea (Flowers);
- Siberian Ginseng Root Tea.
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