Step Aside, Kale – Meet Moringa

Posted by: Pete Campbell

Are you ready for a brand new superfood? It may seem like only yesterday that we stopped talking about the antioxidant properties of blueberries and started waxing lyrical about the benefits of leafy greens like chard and kale, yet a fresh super-vegetable is about to resurface and it promises to be even better than all the super-vegetables which you’ve been dutifully munching for months. It’s time to meet…Moringa!

 

What is Moringa?

Moringa

Found in many a tropical and subtropical clime, but originally hailing from India, Moringa is a tree packed with dietary goodness, from it’s leaves to its pods. With long, straight seedpods, you may also know this plant as the drumstick tree.

What’s So Good About It?

But it’s Moringa leaves which food gurus are getting particularly excited about. These leaves (in fact all parts of the tree) have been used in local, traditional medicines for centuries and there seems to be rather a lot of science to back these age old practices up. According to research, gram for gram Moringa leaves contain:

  • 4 x the concentration of vitamin A found in carrots
  • 7 x the concentration of vitamin B found in oranges
  • 3 x the concentration of potassium found in bananas
  • 4 x the concentration of calcium found in milk

How Do I Eat It?

It’s time to warm your smoothie maker up once again! Moringa can be eaten raw and cooked just like spinach, but at the moment, the most common varieties you’ll find in the UK will be in powder form, ready for whipping up in your next healthy shake.

What Does Moringa Taste Like?

This depends on the part of the Moringa you eat, and how it has been prepared. If you’re eating fresh Moringa leaves, expect a gently peppery tang (like a radish) followed by a creamier, nutty spinach flavour. Here are a few recipes to get you started:

Have you tried Moringa? What did you think of it? Do you have any healthy moringa recipes to share? Let us know below!