It’s a miracle! We’ve got moringa!

April 10, 2018 6:41 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Yes, we believe in miracles at Naturally Good Food – and thus we stock a product from ‘the miracle tree’! Officially known as the moringa tree, and native to Africa and Asia, it’s called the ‘miracle tree’ because of its range of amazing properties. It’s drought-resistant, surviving when all else shrivels up, in some of the most difficult growing areas of the world. It’s fast-growing, meaning that it can be harvested just six weeks after planting. It’s perennial – a single planting can be harvested year after year. And it provides a source of nutritious and versatile food for local communities, throughout the year. For small-scale farmers working in remote areas, it truly is a miraculous tree.

The moringa is known as 'the miracle tree'.

Powdered leaves from the ‘miracle tree’ – we have moringa                    Image: Hans Hillewaert

No edible part of the tree is wasted. The young seed pods, fresh leaves and flowers are all eaten, as well as being used in medicine and to purify water. The oil from the kernels is also eaten, but is used as a cosmetic too, particularly for skin and hair. In some places, it’s used for fuel as well. The roots, meanwhile, are ground down to make a condiment. Once you’ve finished eating it, the wood of the tree itself can be used for fuel, paper and other purposes.

It’s the leaves that are the most nutritious part of the tree. They’re high in ten essential vitamins and minerals (including the B-vitamins, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus), rich in antioxidants and bursting with plant protein. They’re said to have seven times more vitamin C than an orange, four times the calcium input of milk and four times as much beta-carotene as a carrot.

The leaves are dried naturally, then ground down to make a green powder. Aduna, a company specifically formed to help small-scale African farmers generate sustainable income, buy this powder, package it in a particularly handsome tube, and allow us to stock it for them!

What does it taste like?

Moringa has an earthy flavour, slightly like spinach – although Aduna describe it simply as having a ‘green’ taste! They contrast it with certain other ‘green superfoods’ that many find unpalatable.

How to use moringa

We stock Aduna's moringa powder

A handsome tube of moringa powder

This is a powder for blending, mixing or sprinkling. Take 2-4 teaspoons a day, blended into a shake or smoothie, or sprinkled over a savoury dish, such as a salad or soup.

Aduna have various recipe suggestions on their website that use moringa powder. Here’s one to get you going:

Moringa and chia pudding

Good as a dessert or a post-workout protein treat.

Ingredients

½ tsp Moringa Green Superleaf Powder

½ cup nut milk or coconut water

2 tbsp chia seeds

Mango puree to top:

1 tbsp Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder

½ mango, blended with the powder above

Method

Mix the moringa, milk/water and chia seeds together and leave overnight in the fridge. In the morning, top with the mango puree.

Delicious and healthy!

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