Moringa is a plant that is native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Known as the “miracle tree”, its leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and root are used for natural or traditional medicine.
This Miracle Tree is one of the most nutrient-rich plants on the planet. It is a big source of proteins, vitamins and minerals, and its benefits are such, that moringa is becoming an increasingly important part of plans to combat malnutrition in underdeveloped countries.
Moringa oleifera, also known as the drumstick tree or horseradish tree, is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree; it can reach a height of 10–12m, and has flimsy branches, feathery leaves and long, three-sided seed pods.
Some studies have shown that dried moringa leaves have:
- 25 times more iron than spinach
- 10 times the amount of vitamin A found in carrots
- 17 times more calcium than milk
- 15 times as much as the potassium found in a banana, and
- 9 times more protein than a glass of yogurt.
Through out history Moringa or Marango as it is known in Central America has been used for countless medicinal purposes, including treating anemia, arthritis, asthma, constipation, epilepsy, stomach and intestinal ulcers, headaches, high blood pressure, kidney stones, thyroid disorders, and bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections. – In Ayurvedic medicine, it is believed to cure as many as 300 diseases –
Cooking with Moringa Leaf
Moringa has numerous culinary uses depending on the region. In India, its seed pods, known as “drumsticks”, are a vegetable commonly used in soups and curries. Moringa leaves are usually added to clear broth-based soups, such as the Filipino dishes Tinola and Utan. They are usually used as garnish for vegetable dishes and salads, such as the Kerala dish Thoran. It is also used in place of or along with coriander.
When used for medicinal purposes, moringa leaf is commonly consumed in infusions. You can grind them and store them in tea bags, or just steep a handful of leaves in hot water for a few minutes to obtain all the benefits of this miraculous leaf in a teacup.
This ‘super food’ is also admired for its other uses, besides its medicinal benefits; oil from moringa seeds is used in foods, perfume, and hair care products, and as a machine lubricant. Moringa seed cake, a byproduct of pressing seeds to obtain oil, is used to filter water making it potable water for animal or human consumption. The components in the seeds make polluted particles easier to remove as sludge by either settling or filtration; at the same time as it removes most impurities from water.
Our Moringa Leaf
Our moringa leaves come from a family farm in western Tamil Nadu, India. Five acres dedicated to the care and cultivation of drumstick trees. India’s hot and humid climate is suitable for its growth, this type of tree thrives in temperatures from 77 to 86 ºF and it grows best in a ‘sandy’ soil with an acid pH, finally each plant is planted every 10 feet to ensure enough sunlight and airflow. All this quality standards are part of our processes to offer you the best and freshest moringa leaves in the market.
Why Burma Spice?
If you are looking to buy a flavorful and nutrient-packed moringa, look no further! We work directly with the best growers all over the world to assure that we are bringing to your table the freshest, most vibrant, and exotic spices. They are purchased directly from harvest and stored in climate-controlled conditions to ensure freshness and preserve their volatile organic oils. The intense flavor, color, and aroma attest to their freshness.
When you buy some exotic ingredient, you want it to taste and do what it’s supposed to do. This requires no substitutions and no compromises. That’s why the gourmet quality and flavor of our products remains our central focus.