This page was last updated: January 25, 2013
Moringa - also called
Ben oil tree
The Miracle tree
Malunggay, Ma Rum,
Worldwide, Moringa is known by many names. No matter what you call it, Moringa is a one valuable tree. Rarely can you plant anything that grows so fast, packs so
much nutrition, eye appeal, and soil retention properties, as does the humble Moringa. It usually takes just one encounter with
Moringa, to feel
"love at first sight"
or "love at first bite".
"Hi! I'm Morey, the
Click on me, to read about the tree I become!"
SUPER NUTRITION - RIGHT IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD!
If you love salad greens, spinach, collards, and other greens, you will LOVE moringa! Right off the tree, it almost has a spinach-watercress taste. Steamed, or sautéed with a touch of butter, olive oil or coconut oil, it almost tastes like "pecan" spinach. It is tender, delicious, and highly nutritious.
It is also one FAST growing tree! Some Moringa trees are slender, some have "bottle trunks", some are tuberous. All of them are beneficial.
A few years ago, I was introduced to Moringa. With the exorbitant cost of fresh food at the grocery stores and supermarkets, we decided to plant as much in the way of edible landscaping as we could. Planting Moringa was essential. It is an incredible powerhouse of fresh nutrition.
Above is a photo of the top of one of my Moringa trees. It is about 4' tall, at only a few months old. Already, we had picked and eaten a lot of the leaves. Moringa can be grown in your yard, in your garden, as a windbreak, as a hedge, or in a container - inside or out. It is basically a tropical tree, so it loves water, sunlight, and warmth. Moringa is one of the fastest-growing biomasses on the planet - easy to grow, and wonderful to eat!
We recommend that you eat the leaves - fresh, cooked, or dried, the flowers - cooked, the young pods - cooked, and the seeds - cooked. Moringa seeds, crushed into powder, can be used to purify water. The ROOT - which tastes like horseradish - LEAVE ALONE . The root bark contains a substance that can be extremely toxic to your nervous system. Too much of it can harm you. How much? No one seems to know. Our advice is - don't eat it!
Considered by many to be the Tree of Life!
(Okay - it isn't - but you'll come to believe that it is...)
arborea, borziana, concanensis,
longituba, oleifera, ovalifolia, peregrina, pygmaea, rivae,
Most people are familiar with only 2 varieties. Both are extremely nutritious
and also, delicious.
is by far the most
common. It is a
slender tree, which
can be planted as a windbreak or a hedge.
is the second most commonly grown
variety. It develops
a "swollen" trunk,
called a bottle trunk
which stores water.
There are photos of
both varieties on the photo pages here...
"Hi! I'm Stan, the
Seed. Click on me!"
MORINGA - THE MIRACLE TREE!
I Love Moringa
the fast-growing, nutritious, delicious gift from God