Marvelous Moringa

Imagine a plant that produces almost perfect food. Gram for gram, Moringa leaves contain seven times more vitamin C than oranges, four times more calcium and two times more protein than milk, four times more vitamin A than carrots, three times the potassium of bananas, three times more iron than spinach and twice the protein of yogurt.
Moringa also contains all eight of the essential amino acids and ten of the non-essential ones required for the human body, plus several antibiotic properties.
There are thirteen identified species of Moringa. The most popular is Moringa oleifera, a fast growing tree that can reach thirty feet in height and grows best in a tropical or sub-tropical environment, and Moringa stenopetala, which is indigenous to the mountains of Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. The Konso people of southern Ethiopia grow M stenopetala and use it for survival during the dry season when traditional food sources are unavailable.
The tree is known by many names such as: drumstick tree because of the shape of the seed pods, asparagus tree because of similar taste and horseradish tree because of the taste of the roots, as well as other names used by indigenous groups throughout the world.
M oleifera grows best at altitudes below 2,000 feet but can tolerate elevations as high as 4,000 feet, while M stenopetala has been observed as high as 6,500 feet but prefers lower altitudes. We are experimenting with plants at Yetebon Village in Ethiopia at about 7,500 feet elevation in hopes the plant will grow well enough to be useful to the villagers. It will probably not produce flowers and seeds at that elevation but Moringa is easily propagated from cuttings.
The easiest way to eat Moringa is to harvest the leaves from your own tree. Use them on salads or sauté them like fresh greens. The flowers and buds can be eaten also, but must be cooked, while immature pods can be eaten raw. Even the seeds can be cooked like snap beans or peas or, when mature, roast or fry them.
The dried leaves can be ground into a fine powder and used to make a hot beverage or mixed with spices for flavoring, but dry them in the shade. Direct sun will degrade the vitamins, especially vitamin A.
For the beverage add 1/4 teaspoonful of the powder to eight oz. hot water and stir. Drink the powder residue. It is part of the nutritional value of the drink. This formula successfully treats emaciated mothers who are nursing starving babies in famine stricken areas. The mothers become healthy and the babies survive and lose their distended bellies.
The roots from young trees can be made into a condiment similar to horseradish but the root bark contains several alkaloids. It is better to not risk becoming sick and just buy horseradish at the market.
Moringa seeds can be ground into a fine oil for use in cooking, cosmetics and lubrication and has a long lasting shelf life.
In addition to all these uses Moringa seeds can be crushed into a powder and used to clarify turbid water to between 90% to 99%. Harvest the seeds in the dry season for this purpose. It is often suggested this may have been the tree the Israelites used to purify the bitter water in the desert.
Moringa can also be used as a cattle fodder supplement. When planted closely in rows the top portion is harvested and the remainder is allowed to grow and produce again in about thirty five days..
A recent Moringa discovery is to squeeze the liquid from the green matter, dilute the juice with water and spray on food crops. This spray accelerates plant growth. The plants are more healthy and yields are increased by 20% to 30%.
Many people in Southern Florida grow M oleifera in their yards. Once the plant is established from seed or transplant  it will grow about one foot per month! Let it attain a height of six or seven feet, then “top” it to four or five feet which will allow the tree to bush out for easy access to the leaves.
In most parts of the U. S.  Moringa can be grown as a perennial or planted in large pots to be brought inside for the winter.
Are there more uses yet to be discovered? Time will tell. Research is on-going.
Moringa seeds are available from several on line sources as is more detailed information on this the “Miracle” tree.

Seeds or plants and recipes are available from:

Charles E. “Charlie” Brown founder, “Ethiopian Child”

Sources:    Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization Technical notes (listed under Agriculture):
I Love Moringa:
Trees for Life:
Genera Nutrition:
More resources:

24 Responses to “Marvelous Moringa”

  1. Beltad Says:

    I love it soo much

  2. ashenafi wordofa Says:

    amizing tree of life. i wan to hav it

  3. tarekegn ayele- Ethiopia Says:

    Amazing gift !Thanks creator.

  4. Tewelde Says:

    You can get this tree and seeds in Tiray areas like Alamata, Tenbien, Gerebgiba and Humera and the leaves powder in Mekelle shops.

  5. Kebreab Abebe Says:

    I am a commercial grower and prossesor of moringa plant . Any body who wants to buy this product can contact me by the following my e-mail

  6. Richard Says:

    Thank you 4 info!

  7. Feysal Says:

    Hi Charlie, thanks for the info, appreciate it. And I was encouraged even to grow couple of trees in my backyard, but wondering where I can get seeds or the plant? Please recommend me to a place where I can find it. Thank you. Feysal from Addis Ababa Ethiopia

  8. Tesfa Says:

    Hi Folks, It is very interesting. I born and grown in the Southern part of Ethiopian in a place called Arba-Minch. You find these plant not only in Konso but in Arba-Minch and other low land villages like Shele, Lante, Merab-Abaya Chano enz. too. I remember, when I was a kind we sometimes used to eat this marvelous Moringa without knowing its content. I thank God for His great gift to these poor people. I currently live in Europe and want to get in contact with anybody who is interested in Moringa.

  9. Tigist Tesfaye Says:

    Wow its unbliveable, but am chekig Morinnga leaf , we cook like cabege it’s so yummy………

    • Charlie Says:

      I don’t know where you are or which moringa is available to you. The Konso people have moringa stenopetala. I think there is not as much research on that variety but I am sure it has many health benefits. Charlie

  10. Gelila Says:

    Hi Charlie,

    Can I find the seed or the plant in Canada, I leave near Montreal.



  11. Asnakech Wondimu Says:

    I would like to learn more about ”marvelous moringa”

    • Charlie Says:

      Moringa is indigenous in Southern Ethiopia where it is grown by the Konso people. At the web site. one can download a very informative book.

      You can contact me at
      Charles E. “Charlie” Brown

  12. tefera Says:

    Hi Charlie
    I was looking for a Moringa seed or plant (would save me a trip to Konso:-) and would appreciate for an info if some one has succeeded in cultivating one in addis.

  13. Addisu Mergia Says:

    Oh! it is amazing that I spend a lot on orange, banana, youghurt and others while I can get all the nutrients in a single moringa

    • mesfin kebede Says:

      hi folks, kindly put me in a network for moringa interested people if you guys have a network of some form, if is is a twitter account find me on @mesfin kebede or FB on the same name or i am a big fan and i would like to learn more about this marvelous plant. thank you, mesfin kebede from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  14. muriella Says:

    Thank you for this article. We have included it as part of information for an interview on Moringa Partners, our group. If you would like to know more of the group please let me know

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