If you’re not familiar with moringa, it’s referred to as the “miracle tree” because of its wide range of nutritional, medicinal, and purifying properties. It’s also called a “superfood” because of its awesome potential to improve health and eliminate hunger around the world.
It has high amounts of protein, and is significant source of vitamins and minerals. The leaves of the moringa tree contain 18 amino acids, 8 of which are essential amino acids, making them a “complete” protein. This is a rare find in the plant world.(But not in the steak world!) In addition, it’s full of phyto-nutrients and disease fighting antioxidants. If you’d like to learn more about the health benefits of moringa or how to grow it, check out the Moringa Oleifera entry in our plant database.
While the leave and pods are excellent raw, moringa powder is an even more concentrated source of vitamins and nutrients. According the UN FAO,
Recent research has revealed that moringa leaf powder may contain seven times the vitamin C content of oranges, four times the vitamin A content of carrots, and three times the potassium content of bananas. When added as a supplement to a child’s diet, just 25 g of the leaf powder reportedly supplies all the calcium and vitamin A daily needs, about half the protein and potassium daily needs, and about three-quarters of the iron daily needs.
Making moringa powder involves cutting and drying the leaves, then grinding them into a powder. It’s a great nutritional staple to keep in the house and easy to store long-term. As seen in the picture below, it take a lot of fresh moringa leaves to make a small portion of the powder.
Moringa powder is a simple addition to just about anything you’re cooking. It can be used in tea, in capsules, added to beverages, sprinkled in salads or soups… etc. There are endless ways to incorporate moringa into your diet. We even make an iced drink with it using lemon and honey. Our kids love it!
Making Moringa Powder – Step By Step!
1. When your moringa tree has gotten nice and tall and has a significant number of branches, cut the main trunk of your moringa tree down to about 1 meter high. This will keep the tree bushier and easy to harvest in the future. (Don’t worry, cutting it short won’t kill it!)
2. Collect all of the branches into a pile. Tie them together at their base and hang them. Keep them out of the sun!
3. Spray them down with water to get any extra dirt/dust off and wait a few days until the leaves become dry and can easily fall off.
4. Collect the dried moringa leaves into bowls or onto a sheet. Hint: minimize the amount of small sticks in the mix, it will make for a smoother powder.
5. Place leaves in blender or grinder until the desired consistency is achieved.
6. Use a strainer to sift out any unwanted sticks and large matter.