Moringa has been a buzzword for a number of years now. Moringa powder is probably best known, but the oil of Moringa, or Ben Oil, is also widely used. High in nutrients and easy to grow makes this a prime plant for your family’s food source.
Characteristics of Moringa
Easy to cultivate from seed or branch cuttings.
Quick growing, you can begin harvesting Moringa leaves in as little as 4 weeks, depending on your method of planting.
Can be grown densely for maximum use of small spaces.
Every part of the Moringa plant is edible. The flowers and root have a taste like mild horseradish. The pods can be cooked like beans. The leaves can be dried and used for tea, dried to add to food dishes or used fresh in smoothies, salads, or soups.
High nutrition value.
Does not require lots of water and grows well in poor soil with compost or manure. Moringa actually prefers a sandy soil.
Great feed supplement for chickens, goats and other farm animals.
You can grow Moringa as a tree, the least fuss involved, and it will grow quite tall. As a tree, it will be more difficult to harvest the leaves and flowers. It will provide shade and lots of pods which could be harvested for eating or for future cultivation.
As a shrub, you can harvest leaves frequently to keep the size at a more easily reached height. If you live in a colder climate, you can keep your tree in a container and bring indoors for the winter and the vitamin A will assist your immune system.
An interesting approach to Moringa cultivation is as a living fence. Root branch cuttings closely along an area you would like to enclose. It is a bonus if you would like to use it to keep, say, goats in a corral because the fence is nutritious for the animals.
Here is a picture sequence of a 10 x 10 plot planted densely and harvested frequently for food.