Moringa Oleifera – The Miracle Tree


I always love moringa curry; but I never imagine that the tree is so ‘special’ until highlighted by Dr. Azahar. According to Dr. Azahar moringa, murunggai, merunggai, kelo, or ‘mmungga’ (in Trengganuspeak) is rich in anti-oxidant and contains 7 times the vitamin C in orange, 4 times the calcium in milk, 4 times the vitamin A in carrots, 2 times the protein in milk and 3 times the potassium in bananas.

Moringa – compared with other foods

Impressed by the information, I did some reading on moringa. Moringa is a miracle tree and is one of the world most nutritious crops. It grows throughout the tropics and thrive in impossible places; even in bad soil. Not only it is a great source of nutrition for both human and animals, it can also be used for medicine (such as in fighting HIV and diabetes), dye water purification and biofuel.

The leaves contain complete protein which is rare for a plant. The growing tips and young leaves are tasty and very rich in iron. It is also good for sanctuary animal feed and livestock forage . The flowers are said to be effective in fighting cold and can be cooked as well as for making tea. They are also good for bee keepers. The pods and roots are edible too. The seeds can used to purify water by settling out sediment and organisms. Unlike Jatropha oil, the oil from moringa seeds is beneficial not only for making biofuel but also for human. The seeds are also effective against skin infection as they contain antibiotic.

[Moringa tree & fruit – courtesy of the respective sites]

This extremely fast growing tree can be planted from direct seeding, transplanting or using hard stem cutting. Anyway there are claims that moringa ‘attracts’ certain caterpillars that can cause allergic reaction to skin; if come in contact.

So now I have more good reasons to enjoy mum’s moringa curry. Imagine, eating the soft and tasty seeds and chewing on the skin at the end of the meal… plus all the vitamins, minerals and much more. Anyway sad to say that mum was down with flu last weekend, so no moringa curry for me this week! How I wish that I could give mum some moringa tea. I have not tried the moringa leaves but nenek(my grandma) used to fry them with eggs for omelets. And the Indians cook them in so many ways. The Sri Lankan love them too.

Note: I can’t recall if my Sri Lankan friend Aishah Salihue has a moringa tree among many other trees in her beautiful backyard in California. Her mum cooks wonderful vegetable dishes and I’m sure that her moringa dishes are delicious too!

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16 thoughts on “Moringa Oleifera – The Miracle Tree

  1. …how I wish can find a “mata’am” hindi in jeddah or makkah, serving such dish……murunggai curry!!!!! finger licking good…..

  2. May be I should start a business-frozen/canned murunggai curry that is halal and ‘laziz jiddan’. It must be wonderful living so near to Makkah.

  3. Love the way you write about this tree, I come across this plant from Greencultureaingapore and was google it for more info and come to your blog, great to know another young botanic like you.

  4. You write very well about moringa. Nice research done. I have a giant moringa tree growing in front of my house. It used to give me a lot of pods and many people would drop by my house to ask for some pods. I think I’d have to cut back the branches for the tree to flower again and they do grow very fast. When it flowers, they are pollinated by bees and they then turn into young pods within a few weeks.

    I have actually put up some information on Moringa on a squidoo lens here:

    http://www.squidoo.com/moringatree

  5. Hye,

    I have read about your articles on Moringa Olefeira. I am doing research on Moringa Olefeira and wandering where can i get this plant in Malaysia. If you know where i can get this plant in large amount please let me know.

    Thank You

  6. Dear Nadia,

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m sorry but I do not know where you can get the plant in large amount. However, you may find the plant all around KL and it is pretty easy to grow them. We planted one and only after a few months we can have a good supply of moringa leaves for our omelette and curry.

  7. on your abundance reccomendation of this plant I sauteed flowers and leaves
    of Moringa , while eating I felt a cut feeling in my throat, and I stopped eating,
    In next 8-10 hours I developed thick large rashes below my breasts and coming upwards below my lips, eyes onwards. I had to take Apis mel and sprayed instant itch relief to calm down the itch. I am very curious to know the cause pl
    guide,

  8. Dear Minnie Pandit,

    In Malaysia people had been eating Moringa leaves and so far I have not heard of such complications. I dare not comment since I’m not a medical expert but could it be an allergic reaction? Because the symptoms you’ve developed seems like an allergic reaction since certain people are allergic to foods which does not cause others problems.

  9. Thanx Aiman it’s really kind of you to have responded to my mail. Well, I discussed this problem locally and was told that it produces heat so I should avoid it.

  10. Dear Abdelkarim,

    I’m sorry but I do not have access to moringa seeds. If you’re living in Malaysia however and are looking for the fruit, you may be able to find them at the farmer’s market or even the supermarket every now and then. I greatly apologise for the late reply.

  11. Salam. Useful info. UPM started to produce chewable tablet recently. Superfood for malnutrition children.

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