Thursday, November 19, 2009

Moringa Tree Leaves: How to Use Them and Grow Them In Your Area

Hi Folks,


I hope you all had a great day. 
Last blog I talked on the powerhouse of nutrition found in Moringa leaves. Moringa is a tree grown in countries like Asia but is now being planted here in the US as well.  This tree is new even to nurseries. You will not find it at Home Depot or in any of the plant outlets at this time. I bought my seeds online to get mine started. I would wait until Spring to get them started unless you have a greenhouse or you want to raise them in the house as I am doing.  


Ok, Fresh Moringa Leaves have got great nutrition but how do you use them? I have never heard of this tree.


The great thing about Moringa leaves is they taste great in salads mixed in with all your regular greens or in a salad by themself.  The leaves taste similar to spinach but different.  So use Moringa leaves in any dish you would use spinach. The leaves are a great topper for Pizza or in scrambled eggs or omelets. You put them in at the end so that you maintain the most nutritional content.


Moringa Tea is delicious!


Moringa leaves make a  great tea and is also good combined with green tea or Ginko tea. Just steep the leaves for about 20-30 min or so before you drink it. Strain the leaves out and then add your other tea. 


Grow a couple of trees and constantly pick fresh, organic power packed leaves.  The tree quickly grows back more leaves so it does not hurt the tree at all. The tree will get up to 5 feet the first year. You cut it back at the top to keep it within range of picking. It is indeed a tree of life. 


Areas That Can Grow the Moringa Tree:


If you live in areas that only have mild frosts, the tree will die back but green out again in spring.  In areas where there is hard winter weather, it would have to be brought into  house or greenhouse in winter.  In areas such as Arizona, Florida and parts of Southern California such as El Centro the tree will keep its leaves all year long.  If kept in the house, it needs a lot of sun or a plant light to keep it healthy. It also must be put into a huge planter box such as a 25 gallon or large trashcan with wheels. It has to be in soil that drains well.  If it does not get proper drainage it will die. It has a long tap root so needs depth more than volume.


San Diego County Area: Spring Valley to be exact.


I have 20 little trees in my kitchen and the temperature is colder than 70 degrees at night. They are holding their own, not losing leaves but growing very slowly. I have to use a plant light on them for several hours a day.  If you have a warm room with 8 hours of sunlight, they would grow better.  Mine are still in small containers.  They will probably need to be moved into larger ones next month. If you allow them to get root bound, they will die. There is a large tap root that quickly grows to the bottom.


Tomorrow I will go into some of the healing benefits of the Moringa and how it is used in Asia and Thailand by the people. In those countries, it is eaten everyday and part of the diet. They use it in a number of dishes that unless you are from that country, you probably have never experienced the food.  I will also explain how to use the dried powder as well.  The powder has more nutrition in it then even the leaves.


If you have an Asian market like Sea Food City here where they sell Asian foods and vegetables, ask the produce manager for Malunggay ( ma-lung-gai ) (phonetic sound).  These markets carry so many unusual vegetables, meats, fish, and foods that you will have a hard time finding it without help.  You need to use the leaves within 4 days or dry them to use as tea or in oatmeal.


If you have questions on the material in any of my blogs please email me at herbladyisin@yahoo.com


I would appreciate comments, feedback, additional information if you are an expert on this material and participation.  


Thanks so much,
Kate Clifton, The Herbladyisin

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