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Encyclopedia > Moringa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Brassicales
Family: Moringaceae
Genus: Moringa

Moringa arborea
Moringa borziana
Moringa concanensis
Moringa drouhardii
Moringa hilldebrandtii
Moringa longituba
Moringa oleifera
Moringa ovalifolia
Moringa peregrina
Moringa pygmaea
Moringa rivae
Moringa ruspoliana
Moringa stenopetala

Moringa is the only genus in the family Moringaceae. There are 13 Moringa species, they are all trees that grow in tropical and sub-tropical climates.

It is known to have a number of beneficial uses such as food and a basis for folk remedies.

As a food, the pods of the moringa tree are commonly eaten in India and some other Asian countries. The seeds are sometimes removed and eaten like peas or roasted like nuts. The flowers can be cooked and eaten, and are said to taste like mushrooms. And the roots are sometimes shredded and used as a condiment like horseradish.

The leaves are highly nutritious, a significant source of beta-carotene (a precursor to Vitamin A), Vitamin C, protein, calcium, iron and potassium. For this reason, interest is growing in the use of moringa in addressing malnutrition in developing areas of the world.

The seeds may be crushed and used to purify water. They also contain a high-quality oil that can be used in cooking, cosmetics, and lubrication. The crushed seed cake can be used as a fertilizer.

The bark, sap, roots, leaves, seeds, oil and flowers are used in traditional medicine in several countries.

In Jamaica, the sap is used for a blue dye.

External Links

  • Church World Service Moringa Site (http://www.churchworldservice.org/moringa/index.html)
  • Moringa Blog (http://www.moringablog.com)
  • Trees for Life Moringa Site (http://www.treesforlife.org/moringa/Moringahome.htm)
  • Moringa Home Page (http://www.mobot.org/gradstudents/olson/moringahome.html)
  • Purdue University: Moringa oleifera (http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/duke_energy/Moringa_oleifera.html)

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Zija Moringa Comments Index (1243 words)
I feel a little stupid telling you this but our best anecdote is that many people call Moringa Zinga their "lucky" pills because they are usually in such good moods that other people feel this good humor and good things come their way.
Moringa has to be shade dried or sun will decrease nutrient value.
Moringa is extremely non-toxic as it's fed to infants in Africa and is all natural.
Moringa - MoringaNews (216 words)
Moringa is a tropical tree with multiple uses and which is resistant to drought.
The numerous economic uses of Moringa oleifera together with its easy propagation have raised growing international interest for this tree which originated from India and which is found in most tropical countries (Africa, Asia and America).
Moringa seeds contain a cationic polyelectrolyte that has proved efficient in water treatment, as a substitute to aluminium sulphate and other flocculent.
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