How to Make and Use Moringa Powder
Quick Notes About Moringa
If you’re not familiar with Moringa, it’s referred to as the “miracle tree” because of its wide range of:
- nutritional value
- medicinal properties
- purifying capabilities
- awesome potential to improve health
- potential to eliminate hunger around the world.
- high amounts of protein
- a significant source of vitamins and minerals
- 18 amino acids, 8 of which are essential amino acids
- high amounts of phyto-nutrients and disease fighting antioxidants.
Harvested Moringa Leaves
Moringa leaf powder:
- has a high nutritional value
- is easy to make
- is easy to store
- is easy to use
- can be used as a beverage additive
- can be sprinkled on food
- can also be used for making tea
How to make Moringa Powder
Moringa powder is made from the leaves of the Moringa tree.
In order to make Moringa powder, simply:
- harvest some leaves from the Moringa tree
- rinse the leaves in clean water
- place the leaves in a shady area to dry
- place the dry leaves in a large paper bag to dry
- place the bag in a sunny window, giving the bag a shake every day or so
- remove the leaves from the bag after about a week
- rub the leaves over a container until the leaves particles are very small.
- remove all the twigs or larger branches (makes for a smoother powder)
- place the leaves into a blender
- pulverize until a powder is formed, and until the desired consistency is achieved.
- sift to remove any remaining particles.
What you have left is a very fine powder.
Store your precious Moringa powder in a mason jar.
Make sure your container is stored in a shady area.
A Simple Method of Drying Moringa Leaves
It take a lot of Moringa leaves to make a small portion of the powder.
It takes roughly seven pounds of fresh Moringa leaves to make one pound of Moringa leaf powder.
The Process of Making Moringa Capsules
It is quite easy to produce capsules from the moringa plant. In fact, it is easy enough to make at home.
Empty capsules are made of gelatin and are sold by most pharmacies and drugstores. Choose the size wisely.
How to Use Moringa Powder and Make Your Own Moringa Capsules
It is difficult to find another food richer than Moringa. I encourage all of you reading this to purchase a Moringa tree for your own backyard.
What Can You Add Moringa Powder To?
Moringa leaf powder can be added to just about anything you eat. It is extremely versatile, but just remember - it is a FOOD, not a MEDICINE! Consequently, I cannot offer a "recommended" dosage.
Moringa powder is a simple addition to just about anything you’re cooking. You can check out this delicious Moringa Vegetable Lentil Soup that I made. In this recipe I used both fresh leaves as well as the powder.
There are endless ways to incorporate Moringa into your diet.
Moringa leaf powder can be added to, or used on:
- Smoothies, Shakes and Juices
- Soups like Cream of spinach soup, Split pea soup and Cream of broccoli soup
- Chicken Soup
- Cole slaw
- Salad dressings
- Butters like Garlic butter and Peanut butter
- Breads, Cakes and Muffins Mixes
- Potato pancakes
- Red sauces like Pizza sauce and Spaghetti sauce
- Baked, mashed or scalloped potatoes
- Sliced tomatoes
- Herbal teas and Coffee
- Cooked brown rice and yellow rice
- Vegetable Dip
- Green Dips and Sauces like Guacamole
- Pizza. Sprinkle the powder as a topping. (Fresh leaves can be used, also.)
- Garlic bread
- Corn bread
- Cocktail Sauce
- Creamed vegetables
The possibilities are endless.
Moringa Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Tips For Using Moringa Powder
Try to refrain from heating it for more than a few minutes. The powder will be most nutritious if consumed raw.
If you want to add it to a dish you are cooking, then add the powder in the last few minutes of cooking to limit the exposure to heat.
Tips for Buying Moringa Powder or Products
- Make sure that you buy products containing 100% Moringa oleifera.
- Verify that the Moringa oleifera products comes in a vegetarian or vegan capsule.
- Before you leap in to buying Moringa oleifera products, ensure the products you buy are of the highest quality, and not mixed with any additives and fillers.
- Make sure you do your due diligence on the manufacturer and where they source their Moringa oleifera products from.
- Make sure the Moringa products you buy are the freshest possible.
- Identify what process is used to dry the Moringa oleifera leaves. Many farmers, producers of Moringa oleifera powder don´t care how they dry the Moringa leaves. See study on effect of dehydration on the nutritive value of Moringa oleifera tree leaves Moringa Sun dried - VS - Shadow dried - VS - Oven dried
- The supplier should be intimately involved in the harvesting, cleaning, and production process to ensure the Moringa oleifera products you buy, are of a high standard.
One of my Four Moringa Trees
Everyone Should Have a Moringa Tree in Their Yard.
Moringa leaves can be produced intensively in a family-sized small garden with seeds spaced as closely as 10 cm apart. When the plants reach a height of a meter they can be cut back to encourage more bushy growth. They can be cut down to a height of 30 cm.
The moringa leaves can be stripped from the stems and used fresh or made into powder, while the stems can be fed to livestock. I even use the leaves to make a Moringa fertiliser for my plants and vegetables.
When cut back, the stumps survive the harvest and will re-sprout, allowing another harvest in as little as 50 days. A Moringa garden can thus continually produce Moringa leaves for several years with little labor.
It is very easy to grow a Moringa tree and I believe that it is the one tree everyone should be growing in their yard.
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