Moringa oleifera is one of the world’s most useful plants.
Native to India, it is cultivated for its leaves, fruits, flowers and roots for a variety of medicinal and nutritional purposes. And it’s pretty enough to also be grown as an ornamental.
Its seeds are used for water purification.
According to the Trees for Life organization, gram for gram, Moringa leaves “contain 7 times the vitamin C in oranges plus 4 times the calcium in milk plus 4 times the vitamin A in carrots plus 2 times the protein in the milk plus 3 times the potassium in bananas.” Moringa leaves “could practically wipe out malnutrition on our planet.”
A mature tree can tolerate only very mild frosts; any frost at all will kill a young tree.
Moringa oleifera is highly drought resistant, once established.
One point to consider is that it can be difficult to transplant if the roots are disturbed. Very young seedlings can be transplanted with a lot less stress than a more mature tree.
If left to its own devices, Moringa will grow up to 35 feet in height. It is best to cut it back hard in the spring, just before rainy season starts. It will grow new branches and you will have fresh leaves in just a few short weeks.
Zone 10 and warmer.
Moringa is also known as the Drumstick or Horseradish Tree. I’m not certain why it’s called the Drumstick tree.. maybe because the seed pods look similar to the sticks used to beat a drum? “Horseradish Tree” I fully understand. If you clean and peel a piece of root, shred it and mix with vinegar and seasonings, it is a remarkable substitute for horseradish.
Whatever you call it, Moringa is a true miracle tree.
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