Moringa was a new addition to my garden last year and I’m continually impressed with its health benefits. I received a root cutting from Blue Yonder Urban Farm at the end of March last year and it has come back as a healthy plant this year. I’m excited to begin using Moringa in my herb garden. Here’s what I found about the benefits of Moringa Oleifera:
- Moringa seeds are high in Oleic acid, the same fatty acid that Olives are known to be high in.
- Other nutrients found in Moringa are; Vitamin C, A, E, B-Complex; Folates, Pyridoxine B-6, Thiamin B-1, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Niacin. Calcium, Selenium, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Zinc, and Magnesium.
- Many countries use the seeds, bark, sap, seeds, oil, leaves, roots and flowers in making traditional medicine.
- The leaves are the most widely used parts of this plant. They are edible and contain three times more iron than spinach.
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Moringa Growing Conditions
It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions but prefers a neutral to slightly acidic (pH 6.3 to 7.0), well-drained sandy or loamy soil. In waterlogged soil, the roots have a tendency to rot. Moringa loves the sun and heat and does not tolerate freezing or frost. Moringa is particularly suitable for dry regions, as it can be grown using rainwater without expensive irrigation. It is doing very well in my Texas yard.
Moringa can be grown as an annual or perennial plant. In the first year, all pods are edible. Later years also bear inedible bitter pods. I’m growing mine in a pot on the deck and my plant reached about 5 feet tall last year. This year it’s growing habitat resembles a shrub more than a tree and is about 3 feet tall. It has not provided any pods but we are able to harvest plenty of leaves.
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This year I also planted seeds and I’m expecting a bumper crop. We’ll grow it as a hedge and use it in smoothies and as fresh greens in salads.
When mature, it can reach heights of 35 feet but most people commonly keep it small and grow moringa as a shrub or hedge. The leaves are cooked and used like spinach and are commonly dried and crushed into a powder used in soups and sauces. As with most foods, heating moringa above 140 °F destroys some of the nutritional value. I think it tasts like spinach.
Moringa Root Giveaway Rules
Spring is the perfect time to plant Moringa, it will love the heat that comes with summertime. You can have healthy and easy to grow Moringa leaves all season long.
This giveaway is sponsored by Blue Yonder Urban Farms. See their post about Growing Moringa Seedlings
There will be 1 Winner. This winner will receive 2 Mature Moringa Oleifera Roots. The winner will be notified by email, and has 24 hours to respond, if a winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
This giveaway is open May 24th at 12 am EST and closes May 31st – 12 am EST
Value: $37.50 each winner plus the cost of shipping. Anyone who is 18 years or older and resides in the continental US can enter. Sorry, we cannot ship to Alaska or Hawaii.
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