15 April 2014

Moringa Oleifera- the humble yet powerful drumstick tree

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My post is about Moringa oleifera, popularly known as the Drumstick tree in India and how it can contribute to well-being.

By some quirk of fate I landed on this topic after sifting through a few others, a close second on my list being Money and our relationship to it :)
What I read about the tree was astounding.
A regular person should not need any multi-vitamin supplements at all if one uses the tree and its offerings on a regular basis.If your doctor has prescribed them then, oh well!

It is a herbaceous plant grown for its greens, flowers and its mineral-rich pods.
Its health benefits are what we will talk of today :)

Many a sambar has been made more delightful with succulent pieces of drumstick. There are delightfully nourishing recipes for its pods, leaves and flowers which many of you may know of, already. If not there's the google with its impressive omniscience.

I'm certain quite a few of us have at some time eaten these with relish and we have hitherto vaguely known that there were benefits to be had.

Without going into percentages and numbers let's cast a glance at what these benefits actually are.

1. It's leaves are a source of protein and dried leaves contain amino-acids. I cook the leaves like a dry stir fry with loads of garlic and seasoning, sometimes with potatoes or even with a sprinkling of dry-roasted peanut powder (coarse)

2. Fresh pods and seeds are a good source of Oleic acid, a beneficial mono-unsaturated fat. I cook up the pods along with lentils into a sambar or as a gravy with a tomato,onion,ginger,garlic base.

3. Fresh leaves are a rich source of vitamin A. I am at the moment trying to find some sort of a perennial source of tender fresh leaves so I can cook them once or twice a week at least, in the hope of benefiting my little one's eyes which have a minor birth issue.

4. Fresh pods and leaves are a source of Vitamin C. And we are not done yet there's more.

5. Leaves and pods again contain many vital B complex vitamins.

6. Furthermore its leaves are a fabulous source of minerals like calcium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, selenium, and magnesium. :)

As I finish this post I find that I am starting to like drumsticks and its leaves/flowers even more than I did. What's not to like with all that impressive goodness.
                                                 The picture is from www.hindu.com. Don't you just love the sheer fecundity of the tree in the pic :)

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