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Common Name: MORINGA
Scientific Name: Moringa oleifera
Alternative Names: Horseradish tree

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Moringa oleifera


  • Perennial
  • Moringa oleifera is a deciduous fast-growing, drought-resistant tree that can grow up to 10m.
  • Can be cut back annually to 1-2 meters and allowed to re-grow so the pods and leaves remain within arm's reach.
  • It needs full sun and is frost tender.

Culinary Uses

  • The immature seed pods can be eaten raw/ prepared by parboiling, and cooked in a curry with coconut, poppy seeds and mustard until soft/ or prepared like green peas or green beans.
  • The seeds can be removed from more mature pods and eaten like peas or roasted like nuts.
  • The mature pods can be fried and have a peanut-like flavor.
  • The leaves are eaten fresh as greens in salads/cooked and used like spinach/added to vegetable curries/ as pickles and for seasoning.
  • Young leaves can be fried with shrimp or dried tuna chips, onions and dried chili and eaten along with rice and curry/ or added as a topping to fish soup.

Parts Used

  • The leaves, bark, roots, flowers, fruits, seeds, oil and gum.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Also called the “Miracle Tree” - Moringa oleifera is one of a few natural plants on this world that can legitimately be called a “super food.”
  • In developing countries, it has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development, and support sustainable land care.
  • The leaves contains over 92 different vitamins and minerals and 46 types of antioxidants.
  • The pods contains all the essential amino acids along with many vitamins and other nutrients.
  • The flowers are rich in potassium and calcium.
  • Can safely be consumed by small children and adults.
  • Moringa Oleifera lowers blood pressure, improves mood, improves digestion, improves immune system function, protects the stomach lining, treats stomach ulcers and boosts energy levels.
  • It also helps insufficient lactation, tuberculosis, septicaemia, enlarged spleen and liver, bladder and kidney stones and inflammatory conditions.

For Animals. It is said that

  • Moringa oleifera may be used as forage for livestock, a micronutrient liquid, a natural anthelmintic and possible adjuvant.

Other Uses

  • Moringa has potential for water purification.
  • In preliminary research, moringa seed powder is being assessed for its potential to make river water potable.
  • Research has showed that filtering with seed powder may diminish water pollution and bacterial counts.
  • Moringa seed oil also has potential for use as a biofuel.
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