Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Superfood: Moringa Leaves
Leaves of moringa trees may be the world's most nutritious food since it contains more nutrients and natural remedies than other food. Moringa gives energy, immunity, and metabolism. Moringa fresh leaves has 4 times the calcium of milk and 7 times the vitamin C of oranges. It also contains more vitamin A than carrots, more iron than spinach, and more potassium than bananas.
The tree grows in southern Florida and California and taste a bit more like spinach. You can add the leaves to a salad mix or add it on soup.
Moringa is grown in home gardens and as living fences in Tamil Nadu, Southern India and Thailand, where it is commonly sold in local markets. In the Philippines, it is commonly grown for its leaves which are used in soup, they call it "Malunggay." Moringa is also actively cultivated by the World Vegetable Center in Taiwan, a center for vegetable research with a mission to reduce poverty and malnutrition in developing countries through improved production and consumption of vegetables. Tamil Nadu, Southern India has moringa in its folk stories and use in home gardens.
It is also widely cultivated in Africa, Cambodia, Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Central and South America, and Sri Lanka.