I have recently started looking into growing organic moringa. While moringa was relatively unheard of in popular discourse until recently, native northern Indian people have been consuming this plant and reaping its enormous health benefits for thousands of years. There is an old saying that “Moringa leaves prevent 300 diseases”. It is now quite well recognised that the leaves, flowers, seeds and roots of this plant can be used to remedy a range of medical conditions . Don't forget to check out Varun Venaik
How to grow moringaA moringa tree can take some time to fully develop and mature from when the seeds are planted – up to 8 months – so you will need to be patient. Plant the seeds in an area with light and sandy soil and make sure to put compost or manure with the seeds to encourage growth. Place the seeds in a hole that is 30cm square and 30cm deep (this is needed in order to promote the growth of the tree). Moringa requires little attention or water, so you can let it fend for itself for the most part! Be advised that the moringa tree can grow very tall – almost 25-35 feet in its mature form, with a width of almost 15-25 feet.
How to consume moringaThere a few different ways to consume moringa.
- Boil the leaves in water and make a tea
- Dry out the leaves (for example by putting them in the sun for several days) and then grind the leaves into a powder that you can put into smoothies, breakfast bowls etc
- Blend the leaves into a juice which you can drink
- Add the leaves into stir fry dishes (this is common in Asian and Indian cuisine).
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