Moringa Tree

After reading this comment on a recent post by Viv, I did some research on the Moringa Tree. It sounds like a wonder-plant!  The leaves contain all essential amino acids and are rich in protein, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and minerals. You can also eat the drumstick shaped fruit. It grows easily and doesn’t need much water, and is being touted as a plant to use to combat malnutrition and poverty!

The next day I called up my local nursery and they had a number Moringa Trees in stock. I rushed off to get one and am now the proud owner of my very own wonder-tree. I now need some advice on how to prepare the leaves – recipes please!

Moringa Tree

Moringa Tree

6 Responses to Moringa Tree

  1. Pi March 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    Hey Niall and Greenies
    Thanks, I found a ton of trees in my area (amazing what is there when looks) but only the gogos seem to value them so this is a good effort.
    Recipe for Moringa/drumstick leaves: the leaves (and v young stems) can be cooked like any other leafy veggies, which in my tribe generally means: Braise some sliced onions with dried red or green chillies and a pinch of jeera (cumin) in ghee/butter/oil, then add the leaves and some garlic and cook for a few minutes. It can be eaten with rice as an accompaniment to other curries, or it can be added to any soup.
    There’s a nice recipe with eggs at
    http://mydhaba.blogspot.com/2005/10/drumstick-leaves-fried-with-eggs.html
    And a dozen adventurous recipes at http://www.drumsticksindia.com/recipe/recipe1.htm

    Drumstick dhal/dhol (diasporic spelling)
    Braise some mustard seeds in ghee/butter/oil (let them pop then reduce the heat). Then add some red or green chillies (go kahle, 1 is enough for a cup of dhal), some sliced onions, then jeera (cumin), and finally some cinnamon sticks and some garlic.
    When the onions are nicely braised then add the drumsticks. If they are more mature then they need to be peeled, easily done with a swiss type of potato peeler and halved or cut into thirds across, or the more laborious method is to de-string them lengthwise). Add to the pot and allow to braise a bit, then add a bit of water to avoid burning (on medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 20 mins).
    Pink lentils are the easiest and cook in minutes, simply rinse and add to the pot.
    Or use pea dhal (more nutrition and flavour), which must be prepared separately in advance: bring to the boil, then cook on low heat, or better still tucked into an eco bag to cook until the lentils are quite soft, about 45 mins. Then combine the dhal with the rest of the curry.
    Before adding the dhal to the rest you can add peeled and sliced tomatoes. Sink them to the bottom so they will cook quickly and well. Bring it all to the boil then switch off, adding dhania (coriander). Add lemon juice before serving. (These are optional though delicious).
    Dhal is good with rice (or bread/roti/naan, etc), great with (masala) fried fish and chips, or as an accompaniment to any other curries or roasts.
    While waiting for the drumsticks to grow you can have the dhal with calabash/brinjals/green peppers (which need about 20/30/5 mins).
    There are more drumstick dhals at http://food.sulekha.com/drumstick-curry-id6479-15129-recipe.htm
    Drumstick curry: The classic (SAfrican) Indian Delights has a drumstick curry pic on the cover and it’s called sekta sing (recipe on p. 123) though I think drumstick dhal is tastier.

  2. Viv March 3, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    YAY!!! well done.

    I sprouted seeds and had more than i expected come up – they germinated and have grown so fast and healthy. I thought i had two in a bag and in some three have come up – the opposite to the usual amount short of 100% with most seedling trays!! They are already 30 cm high and full of leaves! I would highly recommend buying the seeds from moringaseeds.co.za

  3. Anna Sternfeldt March 8, 2012 at 3:45 am #

    It is a wonder tree, I agree! And Pi, how interesting to read about your recipes. Moringa tree got so many qualities that could help us with several important ecosystem services. Myself I have become a great admirer of this tree. http://www.best-alternative-fuel-sources.com/moringa-tree.html I think this tree could help out with food and many other resources for local communities if grown with regards to local people’s need.

  4. ren brecht March 30, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Am presently living in Ghana and the Moringa tree is indeed the wonder tree – every single bit of the tree is used. I have let one of mine grow to about 15′ because I need to add a shaded area to my veg garden. I will hack it down, use those dead straight uprights and the beautiful tender little leaves will be back in a week or two, particularly with the rainy season coming. They really need pruning – grow wildly, certainly up here.
    Check the link below – some interesting facts

    http://moringafact.com/uses-and-knowledge-about-moringa-in-ghana/

  5. Sprig April 2, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    thanks Ren, glad to hear they are being used all over the African continent!

    hadn’t thought of using the branches as uprights but will now!

  6. khatija November 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    hi can someone please post me some seeds for this wonderful plant. my mom used to make the best curries using the flowers and drumsticks. we pay an enormous amount for it here in Jhb.
    If you can mail me and i will provide my address.
    thanks a ton.

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