A Moringa Tree FOUND!


Every Friday, my siblings and I went to practice my silat lessons at Zaytuna Elementery School (Sekolah Sri Kenanga). We learn Silat Seni Gayung Malaysia with four other students of the school too. A few months ago, I had just realized that the miracle tree (moringa oleifera) beside the school building and as I promised May 13, GreenMalay and everyone else… I had uploaded pictures taken from my handphone after yesterday’s practice.
Almost two months ago... only 2 fruits...

Almost two months ago... only 2 fruits...

Yesterday... MANY FRUITS!!!

Yesterday... MANY FRUITS!!!

Moringa's flowers and leaves

Moringa's flowers and leaves

Another beautiful photo of its flowers

Another beautiful photo of its flowers

A close up view of its flowers and leaves

A close up view of its flowers and leaves

My little sister, Anisah (in her silat uniform) holding one of the many fruits.

My little sister, Anisah (in her silat uniform) holding one of the many fruits.

Those pictures are beautiful aren’t they?

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!