Moringa Tree


FUN FACTS 

Botanical name: Moringa oleifera.  AKA drumstick tree, horseraddish tree, ben tree, malunggay plant, tree of life.  Grows very easily in Austin, TX.  From May to Sept, it reached 13 feet high in my garden.  I read it can reach as high as 30 to 40 feet.

CONSTITUENTS/NUTRITION 

There are too many to name.  Here's a great page for it.  U.S. National Institute of Medicine also did its own study.  It has flavonoids quercetin and luteolin and antimicrobial.  Moringa is said to have been used in different parts of the world since 2000 BC to treat more than 300 diseases.   If you google "Moringa leaves compared to common food", you'll get many charts like the following.  

http://www.moringaleafpowder.co.za/analysis.html

USES/BENEFITS 

(DisclaimerThe Internet provides plenty of material on this "miracle tree".  Do a search on its many names.  It's a hearty trees used mainly in Asia and Africa, but it's becoming a common vitamin, tea, and energy drink in the U.S.  The plethora of ailments that it gets credit for ranges from arthritis, joint pain, asthma, cancer, constipation, diabetes, ulcers, high blood pressure, kidney stones, thyroid disorders, viral and parasitic infections, to many more.

Here's a great video explaining moringa and how they are harvested and used along with a description of its nutritional content.

PRODUCTS

Do a search for Moringa tea and the variety of products abound.  Below are a few...

Moringa energy drink by Kuli Kuli.  I wonder if I can sell my Moringa leaves.  Doesn't seem like it should be worth $3 for such a small bottle when they grow like weeds.  


And if tea is too much trouble, there are plenty of capsules available in the market too (including Walmart).  I never knew it was such a popular supplement.  It's amazing what we don't know just because we didn't know to google. 

 

 

 

 

 

EDITOR EXPERIENCE 

I have only used the leaves for cooking.  I've made soups several times and I've used the dried leaves in soup and stir fry.  It's a very versatile ingredient.  It doesn't have much flavor or odor on its own, so it's excellent for mixing with any dish.

— Growing Moringa Trees

These trees are extremely low maintenance and tolerant of low watering.  They typically grow in warm/tropical climates.  Mine in Austin, TX dies in the winter and regenerates in March.  I had two outside the raised beds and two inside the raised boxes.  I watered the ones in the raised beds along with the other vegetables. 

I think the ones with less water actually grew taller.  I did not get any pods at all.  I'm told the pods can be eaten like green beans.  I'm going to wrap the stalks this winter to see if they would stay green and become more mature in the next season.  

There are tons of Moringa products online.  Rather than spending money on these expensive supplements, just get yourself a tree if you live warm climates like Texas.  Moringa is also unbelievably easy to propagate.  Just cut a branch and put it into soil.  If you do it in the fall, be sure to bring it in house or the cold weather may kill it.

The leaves are easy to dry too.  Just strip them from the stalks and put them in a paper bag or box.  I line my boxes with paper cookie sheets to keep them clean.  Leave it in a dark and cool area for about 2 weeks.  I'm going to try using the dehydrator next.  I'm told the dehydrator should be set at 118 degrees for about 24 hours.  Then I'm going to try making powder out of them.

my dried Moringa leaves

— Recipes

Moringa with sausage and chicken broth

Moringa leaves with chicken broth and sausage

1 32 oz box of organic Chicken broth

6 cups (or more if desired) of Moringa leave

1 pound kielbasa sausage (or any meat you like)

1/2 medium onion

Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium pot, bring chicken broth to boil.  Add Moringa leaves and onion, let it cook for 15 minutes.  Add sausage.  Salt and pepper to taste.  It's just that easy.

 

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