You probably remember that I’ve written about moringa and it’s amazing health benefits before. I’ve bought dried leaves that have been locally harvested at both Naturalia (Zaragoza 807) and Mercado Verde (Avenida La Marina 24) and there are powders available in a variety of places around town.
In mid-June a friend gave me a moringa seedling that was about four inches high. I planted it in a flowerbed that I knew didn’t have very good soil but I had read that moringa did well in poor soil. I followed the pruning instructions on this fabulous website, and as you can see in the photo above it has branched out a lot. The tree is about 6 feet tall right now. The idea is to keep the tree low and bushy so that it’s easy to harvest and makes lots of leaves. I have pruned it twice already and have another coming up. After that the pruning will just maintain it’s optimal height when I harvest the leaves. (see the pruning & harvesting page)
I have used the leaves from pruned branches fresh in salads and smoothies. I’ve dried the leaves (out of direct sunlight for optimal vitamin retention) and put them in practically anything we eat. The moringa tree also makes pods that are nutritious and edible and I’ll be trying those in due time! I am excited to be incorporating this excellent food in our diet and love to be growing it for myself, too.
I have about 20 seeds if anyone reading this would like to try growing one. Just leave a comment on this post and I’ll get in touch with you.