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What you need to know about Moringa

What is Moringa?

The Moringa tree originated in India but is now grown in tropical and subtropical regions in five different continents. Moringa has so many health benefits it is referred to as the “miracle tree.” Almost every part of the moringa tree is edible, including the roots, trunk, seeds, pods, and leaves. It is a fast growing, drought resistant tree that can reach 40 feet in height. In our climate 6a, the moringa can be grown in a pot and kept inside during winter. Pruning will produce more leaves and flowers and keep the tree at a manageable height. The variety of moringa I have available is oleifera. 

What can you do with Moringa?

Moringa leaves can be eaten fresh, cooked, or dried. Fresh leaves can be added to pasta, salad, sandwiches, and more. The leaves can be cooked, stir fried or added to baked goods. Moringa powder can be added to any meal, sprinkled on salad or in soup, added to your morning smoothie, or prepared as a tea. Moringa pods can be cooked like green beans or asparagus and are best when picked young when they are still tender. Seeds can be popped like popcorn or eaten as is. The options are endless so feel free to use your imagination.

Why is Moringa so good for you?

Moringa is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron and protein. It also contains eight essential amino acids and other powerful antioxidants. Moringa contains more than 90 nutrients and 46 different antioxidants which make it an excellent source of nutritive ingredients.

Lahave River Berry Farm, moringa tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Source: miracletrees.org

Information in table below is provided per 100 grams

Vitamins and MineralsFresh LeavesDried Leaves
Vitamin A6.78 mg18.9 mg
Thiamin (B1)0.06 mg2.64 mg
Riboflavin (B2)0.05 mg20.5 mg
Niacin (B3)0.8 mg8.2 mg
Vitamin C220 mg17.3 mg
Calcium440 mg2,003 mg
Calories92 cal205 cal
Carbohydrates12.5 g38.2 g
Copper0.07 mg0.57 mg
Fat1.70 g2.3 g
Fiber0.90 g19.2 g
Iron0.85 mg28.2 mg
Magnesium42 mg368 mg
Phosphorus70 mg204 mg
Potassium259 mg1,324 mg
Protein6.70 g27.1g
Zinc0.16 mg3.29 mg

Image Source: http://moringafacts.net/vitamin-and-mineral-content-of-moringa/

Moringa can:

Significantly increase antioxidants levels due to it’s high polyphenols

Lower blood sugar levels

Reduce inflammation

Maintain healthy cholesterol levels

Protect the cardiovascular system

Support brain health

Protect the liver

Help fight infections due to it’s antimicrobial and antibacterial properties

And much more!

Plant Care and Maintenance 

Moringa trees do not like clay or compacted soil. Potting soil will work or you can add sand to your soil if it does not drain well. Moringa trees do not like vermiculite either.

When transplanting moringa be careful not to damage roots. Transplant moringa into a deep pot so you can grow it inside when the weather is cold. Moringa has a tap root, similar to a carrot so it needs room to grow down.

Once the moringa reaches 2 feet high cut off the top half and cut the branches back by half to encourage the plant to become bushy.

Water your moringa every other day until it reaches 18 inches tall, at that point watering once a week should be sufficient. Some say that spraying the leaves with water is a good idea as well.

If the leaves turn yellow add some magnesium such as epson salts mixed with water, you can also use oyster shell flour, egg shells, or dolomite.

I will be selling moringa plants and at some point I will be making moringa powder from the dried leaves as well.

I will update this blog post with any new info I can find and as my moringa plants grow I will share my experiences on this blog as well.

Happy growing! 🙂

 

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