Moringa Oliefera

Moringa Oliefera


  1. Lives for approximately 20 years.
  2. Flowers in the first year, usually after 6 months then produces long drumstick like seed pods. The leaves are edible as soon as the tree reaches reasonable size (2-6 months after planting, depending on the time of year planted and sufficient water while establishing).
  3. Production season depends on the climate, in tropical and subtropical climates it can produce all year. In cooler climates, the tree may become deciduous and bear flowers in spring or summer.
  4. Moringa should be productive from a couple of months after sprouting until it dies.
  5. Originates in north-west India at foothills of Southern Himalayas.
  6. Requires 250 – 3000 mm rainfall, producing better when rainfall exceeds 800mm. (New Delhi receives an average 650mm rainfall, however at the foothills of the Himalayas one might assume vegetation also receives ice melt from mountain glaciers.) Moringa has a reputation for being drought tolerant.
  7. Latin name is Moringa oleifera the family is Moringaceae.
  8. Moringa is grown in tropical climates around the world it has been used widely for multiple purposes as follows:·        Gaining a reputation for treating malnourishment, because of it’s extremely high nutritional value, as well as ease to grow.·        Leaves very good to eat fresh or they dried and powdered and mixed into a liquid.·        Seed pods can be eaten.

    ·        Seeds can be eaten like peas or roasted and eaten like nuts, used to produce oil, and can purify water.

    ·        Roots can be eaten as a substitute for horseradish.

    ·        Flowers are edible and beautiful (resembling small orchids)

    ·        Forage for livestock (including cattle)

    ·        Living fences (Southern India and Thailand)

    ·        Windbreaks and reducing soil erosion (Haiti)

  9. The trunk can reach a diameter of 45cm.  It will grow tall and thin with all the leaves at the top unless pruned.  The diameter of the arbour depends on the pruning.


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