Last night a reader wrote me, " You are wrong. Moringa leaves is a herb...trust me "
I am sorry but Moringa leaves are not considered an herb, even though we think of them that way.
Moringa leaves do contain medicinal properties but so do other foods we eat as well. The Vitamin A in carrots can help restore healthy vision. Some leafy green vegetables have been shown to deter cancer in studies. But Spinach for example is a food not a herb. Leafy green vegetables such as lettuce, turnip greens, and spinach are foods not spices or herbs.
Dandelion on the other hand is a herb according to definition. You can eat Dandelion greens in your salads as a food, but you could not live on dandelion plants by themselves over the long term. They are medicinal so you do not want to eat huge amounts of them daily. Even sheep in a meadow graze on many different meadow plants including dandelion greens. They do not just eat dandelion greens but many different kinds of greens, thereby getting a full selection of the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients they need for health.
You could not live a healthy life just eating rosemary or basil. These herbs do not have all that is needed nutritionally to live on them long term. They are not generally eaten by themselves in a meal. Sage, Rosemary, basil and other herbs are used in small amounts in dishes or in a tea for medicinal purposes.
Moringa by definition is not a herb but a tree whose leaves, pods, flowers, and stems can be eaten. The bark and root are used as medicine. The leaves and pods are used as a everyday food in many countries. The trunk is used for firewood. The dictionary spells this out pretty clearly below.
Definition of HERB copied directly from the dictionary:
Why Moringa is not a herb, see below:
#1 Moringa is used as a whole green food in those countries where it is grown naturally. It contains protein, amino acids, calcium, iron, vitamins and everything you need nutrition wise to be healthy.
#2 You could survive on the Moringa leaves if you had too. It is not used as a spice on food such as garlic.
#3 It does have a woody trunk and bark. Herb plants do not have trunks nor bark.
#4 It will grow for years and thrive all year long in countries such as India. Herb plants do not live for years. They die out either in one season or several seasons. A tree is not an herb plant in botany because of its woody trunk and growth.
2: a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory, or aromatic qualitiesMoringa miracle in in it's exceptional nutrition that is easy to utilize by the body. It does have medicinal value but it is still not an herb. Its medicinal properties make you think of it as an herb.
It is a highly valuable whole green food whose nutrition fortifies the body, and heals by nutritionally repairing deficiencies and systems. It gives the body systems what they need to be healthy. It's medicinal properties are second. Its food value is first in importance. It is a super-food.
Examples of HERB
- a dish seasoned with chopped fresh herbs
- rosemary, sage, and other herbs
Origin of HERB
Moringa oleifera Lam.
Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
|Kingdom||Plantae – Plants|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta – Vascular plants|
|Superdivision||Spermatophyta – Seed plants|
|Division||Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants|
|Class||Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons|
|Family||Moringaceae – Horse-radish tree family|
|Genus||Moringa Adans. – moringa|
|Species||Moringa oleifera Lam. – horseradishtree|
I hope this clears up the question on Moringa being an herb.
God Bless you all,
Kate Freer, the herbladyisin