What is Moringa?

Akvile Stankevice | Fri 23 Apr 2021
What is Moringa?

Moringa is a medium size, fast growing, evergreen tree which is native to southwestern India and Africa. It is called by many names: drumstick tree, moringa oleifera, horseradish tree, the golden tree or simply- Moringa. All the parts of the moringa tree are edible: bark, pods, leaves, nuts, seeds and flowers. Its’ leaves taste similar to matcha and have a green earthy flavour with a little bit of bitterness.

Moringa olifeira appeared in history records as early as 2000 BC in India and it has been described as a cure for over 300 diseases. Some historical facts say that many Indians drank Moringa tea every day to get them energy and so needed less sleep, in order to win battles. Since then, Moringa moved from country to country spreading its’ benefits and now it can be found in most of the countries around the world.

Nowadays Moringa is described as a superfood which is full of vitamins: A, B, C, D and E. It contains minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron and copper, folic acid, pyridoxine and nicotinic acid and also it is full of Fibre4. All these vitamins and minerals are very important for health.

Most of us know that vitamins A and C are important to our immune systems.

B- keeps our nervous system healthy and helps to release energy from food to our system.

D- is important to our bones, teeth and muscles and it helps to regulate the amount of calcium  in our body.  

E- helps to keep our skin and eyes healthy and also helps to strengthen the immune system.

Magnesium is responsible for turning the food into energy. It helps to regulate blood sugar levels and blood pressure.

Zinc is responsible for renewing and rebuilding cells. It also helps to heal wounds.

Iron makes the red blood cells which carry oxygen in our bodies. More information about all minerals and vitamins can be found on the NHS website or follow the links included within the text.

As great as it sounds, Moringa gives many health benefits, but it is not enough to stay healthy just having a scoop of it every day, your diet has to be balanced with other food, important vitamins and supplements for your body.

If you fancy trying moringa, Edible Solutions have two options: powder and flakes. Powder can be used for smoothies, baking, cooking or making it into a juice and flakes can be used for sprinkling on salads, soups and in sauces. It can also be used as a herb for making hot and cold tea.

Besides Moringa is widely used in beauty products, perfume and food supplements. If you would like to request more information, please email: info@ediblesolutions.co.uk

Recipes to try:

Recipe - Murungai Elai Chaaru | Drumstick Leaf Soup => https://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/cooking-with-drumstick-leaves-3-easy-south-indian-recipes-2273471

Drumstick Leaves Curry => http://chefinyou.com/recipe/drumstick-leaves-stir-fry

Moringa smoothie => https://healthiersteps.com/recipe/moringa-smoothie-recipe/

 

Photo by William Greaves Brown