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Get to Know Moringa

So you’re curious about what’s hot in the kitchen. You’ve been experimenting with hemp seedsDIY plant milks and veggie noodles. What's the latest trend to add to your list? Moringa!

What is Moringa?

The moringa is a tree native to the southern Himalayas, and grown in places like India, Indonesia, Thailand and Africa as a food source. The leaves, roots, seeds and seedpods (called drumsticks) are all eaten in various ways across South Asia.

Leaves are used like spinach or dried for powders, while young seedpods are treated like vegetables in curries and soups. The flowers are also eaten in various ways, and are often fried like squash flowers.

Seeds are eaten like peas, roasted like nuts or pressed to extract the useful oil.

How to Use Moringa

In the United States, this superfood is available as a powdered supplement or liquid shot. Whichever form you use, this humble leafy green adds a kick of iron, vitamin C and calcium to your morning juice. Or try one of these suggestions:

  • Add powder to your favorite smoothie.
  • Sprinkle on top of your salad or oatmeal.
  • Go stealth and sneak it into your kid’s pasta sauce with other vegetables.
  • Mix it into finished soups or stews.
  • Add moringa to chia pudding.
  • Stir it into your favorite dips like guacamole and hummus.
  • Try adding it to baked goods like banana bread or muffins. 
  • Add some to this luscious chocolate pudding recipe then freeze in molds or little paper cups for homemade fudge pops!

The next time you see moringa on the shelves, give it a try!