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I moved into my current house roughly 10 years ago and there were two mini trees already planted by the previous residents –a Red Almond and a Moringa Oliefera – whose magical properties I had absolutely no clue about back then
Years went by and the Trees grew humongous; well only one remained as Red Almond couldn’t sustain it’s own weight and literally twitched in half sadly but Moringa branched out massively.
People from around would come knocking on our door asking for permission to collect it’s leaves or seeds or pluck it’s flowers for medicinal purposes and it was then that I looked it up on Google to figure out what this Magic was all about — The Tree of Life, they called it, like an elixir of sorts with superbly amazing benefits.
Why Called The Tree of Life?
You should rather be asking Why not?
What’s something that’s packed with Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3,B6, C, Zinc, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus etc and that too having 25 times more iron than spinach, 17 times more calcium than milk, 15 times more potassium than bananas and nine times more protein than yoghurt, be called then?
From protecting the liver to treating Cancer, from nourishing the hair and skin to fighting bacterial diseases, from making bones stronger to reducing blood pressure and what not, this immune boosting Miracle Tree or botanically called as Moringa Oliefera is indeed nothing less than Magic.
Hailing originally from India, this tree is easily grown in the environments of South Asia and is one of the few trees which can be consumed wholly from it’s bark to seeds to flowers, leaves and even it’s seed oil, making it a complete MEAL IN A TREE!
How to Consume Moringa?
There are several ways to make this a part of your daily diet.
- Easiest being as a Kahva – boiling it’s leaves with a squeeze of lemon and honey to cancel the bitterness. Smaller leaves are young and more high on nutrition.
- Cooking it’s pods with mince meat for flavour – the thinner the pods, the sweeter they’ll be.
- Cooking it’s flowers along with the pods or separately, as a vegetable
- Crushed/ powered form of leaves used as a sprinkler on salads and other foods.
- Powdered Moringa scooped spoonful with a glass of warm / cold water
- Edible Moringa seed oil known as ‘Ben oil’ is used as a Salad dressing or for cooking.
- Pickle the roots in vinegar
- Roast the mature seeds for snacking
Moringa & COVID 19
In the wake of COVID-19 with no evident cure on the counter and the hot topic of Immunity building on the rise, this super food, amongst other options, is what people are looking for developing a defense against the Virus.
It’s strength and Immune boosting properties are growing popular in the people lately and various products are being shelved in the markets now.
Not only can Moringa be used as medicine but also industrially as animal feed or food supplements.
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