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Moringa oleifera is a fast growing,
drought-resistant tree of the family
Moringaceae, native to the Indian
subcontinent. Common names
include moringa, drumstick tree,
horseradish tree, and ben oil or
It is widely cultivated for its young
seed pods and leaves, used as
vegetables and for traditional herbal
medicine. It is also used for water
purification. The genus name Moringa
derived from the Malayalam word
“muringo” which derived from the
Tamil word “murungai”.
Murungai means “twisted pod”. The
species name oleifera is derived from
the Latin words oleum “oil” and
ferre “to bear”.
Moringa oleifera can
reach a height of 10-12 m and trunk
diameter of 45 cm. The bark has a
whitish-grey color and it’s
surrounded by thick cork.
Young shoots have purplish or
greenish-white, hairy bark. The
tree has an open crown of drooping,
fragile branches, and the leaves
build up a feathery foliage of
trippinnate leaves. The flowers are
fragrant and hermaphroditic,
surrounded by five unequal, thinly
veined, yellowish white petals. Flowering begins within the first
six months after planting. The fruit
is a hanging, three-sided brown
capsule of 20-45 cm in size which
holds dark brown, globular seeds.
The seeds has three whitish papery
wings and are dispersed by wind
or water. The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant, being significant source of B vitamins, vitamin C, provitamin A,
as beta-carotene, vitamin K, manganese, and protein. Some of the calcium in moringa leaves is bound as crystals of calcium oxalate.The immature seed pods called
drumsticks are commonly consumed
in South Asia. They are prepared by
parboiling and cooked in a curry until
soft, its high in vitamin C and are also
good source of dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. The seeds are removed from mature pods and eaten like peas or roosted like nuts. The roots are shredded and used as a condiment with sharp flavor quantities deriving from significant content of polyphenols.
Moringa trees have been used
to combat malnutrition,
especially among infants and
Clade(s): Tracheophytes, Angiosperms,
Species: M. oleifera
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