Moringa trees are listed among other popular power greens such as spirulina, wheat grass, chlorella, etc. The tree is found to be a rich source of minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, and sulfur, as well as vitamins and amino acids. The nutritional profile of the tree is very strong and competitive with any other beneficial plant found on the planet. The tree can grow in very dry climates and can survive even without water. It can grow fast in height within a year and it is recommended to cut it back and keep it bushy and short. It is interesting to note that the tree grows in subtropical areas in the developing countries where malnutrition is most prevalent and surprisingly the local people were not aware for many years about this wonderful tree growing in their backyard.
Every part of Moringa tree is useful. We find that many parts of the tree have been used traditionally for many years now. Plenty of scientific researches on the moringa plant have been done, before coming to the extremely nutritional and medicinal value of the plants. The tree, its leaves and different parts are used to treat many common ailments and diseases like chest infections, lung diseases, hypertension, as well as fight skin infections. World Health Organization has documented the benefits of the tree in many medical journals as well.
The tender young pods of the Moringa tree can be cooked and eaten. The leaves should be avoided to be eaten raw as these are very potent and strong. However, one can use the leaves to accent a salad or used with other greens. Sometimes, the leaves are dried and powdered and used in drinks or teas. The flower buds and blossoms of the tree too can be should be cooked and used in tea. They can be used in a batter and fried. The flowers also work as a natural pesticide. As a word of caution, the pregnant women should not eat Moringa flowers as these act as an abortifacient. It is considered to be a potential oilseed feedstock for biodiesel.
Thus, we find that different parts of the tree can be used in different ways and enjoyed for their medical and nutritional value. The moringa tree is truly a miracle tree and has the potential to fight against many ailments and malnutrition. It is no wonder to find it called as Tree of Life.