Moringa oleifera is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Moringa, which is the only genus in the family Moringaceae. English common names include: Moringa, drumstick tree (from the appearance of the long, slender, triangular seed-pods), horseradish tree (from the resemblance in taste of its roots to the horseradish). It is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree, native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India, and widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas where its young seed pods, flowers and leaves are used as vegetables. A fast growing plant that can be trimmed to form a hedge or fence for easier harvesting. The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant high in B vitamins, vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin K, manganese, and protein, among other essential nutrients. Flowers are use as a tea with a distinctive flavour or are often mixed in salads or cooked in many traditional dishes. The seed pods are high in vitamin C, dietary fibre, potassium, magnesium, and manganese and often used in curries. Seeds are high in vitamin C and moderate amounts of B vitamins and dietary minerals can be eaten like peas or roasted. Seed yield high levels of editable oils. The roots have a sharp flavour from high content of polyphenols and are eaten as a condiment shredded.
Used in traditional medicines to increase energy levels, lower blood pressure and improve immune system and moods.
Each seed packet contains approximately 20 seeds. Available from SeedGro, an American brand offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open-pollinated, hybrid, and heirloom untreated seeds.