How to Grow a Moringa Tree (and why you should)
By TN Mommy
I grow vegetables and fruits in my container garden, plus I’m working on installing some built in garden boxes in the rear of my yard, but that’s about all I can do for now since I live in suburbia and the HOA will fine the shit out of me if I put chickens and goats in my backyard.
For those that don’t know me, I am a Christian and I believe that the good Lord, in his infinite wisdom, surely has created an alternative out there. So I did my research and stumbled upon the miraculous Moringa tree. Not only are these trees beautiful, but they also provide an abundant supply of multi-vitamins.
Moringa leaves contain:
- 2 times the protein of yogurt
- 7 times the vitamin C of oranges
- 3 times the potassium of bananas
- 4 times the vitamin A of carrots
- 4 times the calcium of milk
In addition to that, Moringa leaves also contain vitamins B1, B2, and B3, as well as chromium, copper, fiber, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and zinc. There are allegedly medicinal uses of the Moringa tree as well. Some uses include natural antibiotic, help for stomach illness, cold remedy, etc.
I must include a disclaimer here because I have not tried using Moringa as a remedy for any common ailments. There is plenty of information available online.
I’m sure by now all of you are thinking, “Wow, I gotta get one of these.” Moringa trees are not indigenous to the United States, but there are places that grow them. I purchased my seeds and a couple of seedlings from Moringa Farms in California (www.moringafarms.com).
Shipping is fast and their customer service is out of this world.
My first two saplings did not survive, so I contacted them for advice and was immediately shipped replacements. The next two saplings grew just fine, but sadly one of them was brutally murdered by my 1-year old who saw me harvesting my cucumbers and tomatoes, and decided to “help.” My remaining Moringa tree is thriving quite well in a large pot on my deck and it grows faster than most weeds. You can see in the picture below just how big it has gotten.
Now your next question is probably “How do I grow one of these?” Moringa Farms will include instructions when you receive your seeds or saplings. These trees are very resilient and will grow fine in most places.
They will go dormant in winter if you live someplace that gets cold, which is why I potted mine. I’m going to bring it into the house when it starts to get cold. They will grow in your yard just fine and your neighbors will have no clue that it’s anything other than a very pretty tree.
Once you have a sizable Moringa tree you can start using the leaves. You can eat them fresh or dry them and mix the powder with tea, smoothies, or whatever. Any other information you need can easily be found online. I have not eaten more than a few leaves just to try them and see how they taste since I have about 4 bottles of SpongeBob multivitamins in my pantry.
How to Best Grow, Harvest, Dry & Profit from Moringa in Your Backyard
Does anyone know anything else that can be grown as a natural multivitamin? Please post below…