What is Moringa?
Moringa has been getting a lot attention these days, probably rightly so, many are calling it a “Super Food”..
If you do a search for Moringa, you will find that the Moringa Leaf is selling for up wards to $25.00 per pound, quite a hefty price tag for a leaf.
Why is Moringa getting so much attention?
It is because Moringa has a unique nutrient profile. Moringa is extremely high in over 90 nutrients, including 18 amino acids, and include the 8 essential amino acids that our bodies need but can not make.
- Moringa has 3 times the Iron as Spinach, 4 times the Calcium as Milk, 4 times the vitamin A as Carrots, and higher in vitamin C than Oranges.
- Moringa is high in B vitamins B, B1, B2, B3, D, and E, polyphenols, minerals, fiber and is one of the highest naturally occurring sources of chlorophyll”.
- The leaves, fruit, seeds & flowers are all edible.
- The seeds when ground up can purify water.
- The seeds are very high in Oleic acid, similar to Olive oil, and is a good source of EFA’s.
- It cures and prevents malnutrition, and satisfies hunger.
Moringa grows very fast, and can grow up to 20 feet in one year, is drought resistant and grows well in dry arid climates. And yes, Moringa grows very well here in the Arizona heat.
Moringa is especially beneficial to Vegetarians and Vegans, because of its complete amino acid profile, since most plant foods are made up of only a few of the essential amino acids. Eating Moringa may be one way that humans can get away from eating animal proteins without becoming protein deficient.
I think Moringa is a tree that everyone on this Earth should have access to.
For more information you should check these out:
Angi of Schneider Peeps has a nice Moringa post here…
Discovery Channel Documentary
Crafty Gemini Plants Moringa Trees, the giveaway is over, but the video is informative…
Growing Moringa Seedlings
50 Moringa Seeds
Moringa Oleifera Seeds
Heat Loving Edible Succulents
Making An Olla With Everyday Things