Moringa – the drumstick tree
Moringa is a tropical tree, fast growing, resistant to drought and an important source of food for people and animals in many countries. There are 13 species known, of which Moringa oleifera is particularly easy to reproduce and its growth is very fast.
It has been lauded since Aryuvedic times. Modern scientific research now shows that the leaves are full of nutritious content – for example, gram for gram, moringa leaves are an excellent source of calcium,vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and protein.
But most importantly, the moringa tree could have an important economic impact in the areas where the tree is found (Africa, Asia, the Americas) as it contains polyelectrolytes which are highly effective in water treatment and produces a biodegradable flocculent unlike aluminum sulphate, currently used in water treatment plants.
Vegetable oil extracted from the seeds are also useful in cosmetic products.
Moringa is also an important food source in many countries. In India, Moringa pods are widely consumed and plantations exist to produce pods for export, fresh and tinned, to overseas consumers.
In West Africa, Moringa oleifera leaves are commonly used to make sauces. Moringa stenopetala leaves are the staple food of the Konso people in Ethiopia.
Studies have shown the leaves to be an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and protein: perhaps more than any other tropical vegetable. Many programs use Moringa leaves to fight against malnutrition and its associated diseases (blindness etc.).
Bottom line, Moringa is Really Green – its leaves, its pods, its seeds, its properties, its nature…all are plusses for the environment.
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English: Drumstick tree, Horseradish tree, Mother’s Best Friend, Radish tree, West Indian ben
French: Bèn ailé, Benzolive, Moringa
German: Behenbaum, Behenussbaum, Flügelsaniger Bennussbaum, Pferderettichbaum
Ghana (Ewe) Yevu-ti, Babatsi
India (Hindi) Munaga, Sahijna, Sarinjna, Segra, Shajmah, Shajna
Italian: Sàndalo ceruleo
Kenya (Swahili Mkimbo, Mlonge, Mlongo, Mronge, Mrongo, Mzungu, Mzunze
Portuguese: Acácia branca, Cedra (Brazil), Marungo, Moringuiero, Muringa
Spanish: Árbol del ben, Ben, Morango, Moringa
Sudan (Arabic) Alim, Halim, Shagara al ruwag (“The tree for purifying”), Ruwag
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