What Is Moringa Tree
How I Found Out About Moringa Tree
I have been searching online about the names of some of my flowers in my garden when I came across of a video about Moringa tree. I said to myself, "I know this plant. It seems I have seen this somewhere". So, I clicked the video and watched with interest. I was gobsmacked by so many awesome and unbelievable informations I heard. Then a blitz came into my mind. Wow! That was Malunggay, the tree behind my house. The leaves are my favorite for making my fish and chicken soup.
I have asked my relatives and some of my friends if they know some health benefits from eating Moringa leaves. "It´s delicious", they said. Not much as I have been told. Most of them know that they felt good after eating the Moringa soup. That women who have just given birth to a child should eat this Moringa soup as often as they can to produce more milk from their breasts. This knowledge was passed through by their mothers from generation to generation.
I had no idea how powerful this tree is. I don´t know if the Filipinos know how healthy this plant is. I only know that I have to write about this. To share to my readers especially the Filipinos, how lucky we are to have this plant in almost every front or back yard that we have in the Philippines.
Moringa leaves, flowers and seedsClick thumbnail to view full-size
What is Moringa tree?
Moringa Oleifera is a scientific name of Moringa tree. It has many names like horseradish tree, drumstick tree or ben oil tree. It is called Kamunggay or Malunggay in Philippine language.
Moringa tree is an easy to grow plant which is native to Asian countries like Philippines, Thailand, India and it is cultivated in some parts of South and Central America as well as in Africa. It is a fast growing tree and loves dry and sandy soil. It can be planted in a coastal area and is drought resistant. This tree can be propagated through cuttings and seeds.
Moringa tree is a slender tree which grows up to 10 meters high. It has drooping branches, leaves are small in finger tips form and flowers are in creamy color. It has triangular long seed pods that´s why it´s called "drumsticks" in some other countries. Almost all parts of the Moringa tree are edible.
The leaves are the most commonly used parts of moringa tree where most of the nutrients such as Vitamins A, B,C, E, K, Calcium, Potassium, Iron and Protein are found.
Moringa tree is called Miracle tree too because it has almost everything that we need in order to have a healthy life. We only have to know it first what´s on this tree and to apply the knowledge to ourselves to make us healthy.
Why is Moringa a Miracle Tree?
Through my research, I have found out that this tree is called Miracle Tree as well. How come?
- It is known to be one of the super plants on earth in which almost all parts of the tree are edible.
- It has many nutritional health benefits. To name some of these, it contains Vitamins A,B,C,D,E and minerals like Iron, Potassium, Calcium, Selenium, Protein and is rich in amino acids.
- It contains 3x Potassium than banana, 2x Protein and 4x Calcium than milk, 4x Vitamin A than carrots, 3x Iron than almond and 7x Vitamin C than orange. (Source: The Incredible Health Benefits of Moringa Oleifera)
- It has medicinal properties. It is used in traditional medicine in Southeast Asian countries. It helps treat urinary infections, gout, rheumatism, increase the milk production of breast feeding women, strengthen the function of the liver, it helps lose weight and it helps balance sexual dysfunctions like impotence. It helps against cardiovascular diseases as well.
- It purifies water. Moringa seeds powder is being used to purify dirty river water and remove the harmful bacterias that are harmful to human being.
- It is good against malnutrition. As Moringa trees grow in African countries where there´s drought and lack of clean water, the people are planting these trees in order to fight against malnutrition and in order to have clean water for their own use.
Moringa pods and seedsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Uses of Moringa Leaves, Flowers, Seeds and Pods
Leaves and flowers are used for cooking such as sauteing, frying, in soup as well as in tea making. These are applied to ayurvedic medicine, too.
Seeds are used for making oil, water purification as well as softening the water.
Young green pods are used for making curries, stir fries, salads and pickles.
How To Plant Moringa Tree
Planting Moringa trees is easy and they grow well even if you don´t water them everyday. From cuttings, you only have to dig a hole deep enough to hold the cuttings and water after planting.
Planting Moringa seeds can be done in a pot, container or in the garden. Just make a hole in the soil, put the seeds on it, cover it with soil and water it. If you are lucky like me, leaves will come out of the soil and grow fast before you notice it.
My New Planted Moringa CuttingsClick thumbnail to view full-size
How I made my Moringa Tea
It´s a pity that I have just learned how multi nutritious this Moringa tree is because I have to wait a few months until I´m in my garden again to try everything I have read, from teas to curry and Moringa stir fry.
I have tried drying the leaves and made a cup of Moringa tea for myself. I put 1 tablespoon of dried Moringa leaves in a mug and covered them with boiled water. When I drunk the tea, it was a bit bitter so I put sugar on it before drinking. Though it was not my cup of tea, I drunk it and after a while I was energized.
I have not found Moringa leaves in Asian shops here in Germany, but Moringa pods. I was once wondering a few years ago how the Chinese cook the pods. Now I know. I have to try this, too.
The Incredible Health Benefits of Moringa Oleifera
Have you heard or read about Moringa tree before?
How To Purify Water with Moringa Seeds
Video about Moringa plant
How To Cook Moringa Leaves
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