Moringa Origins & History

Moringa is a plant that is native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. It is also grown in the tropics. The leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and root have been used for thousands of years to make medicine and treat a multitude of ailments.

Moringa is also an important food source in some parts of the world. Because it can be grown easily and the leaves retain lots of vitamins and minerals when dried, it is a vital source of nutrients for many people. Moringa is used in India and several African countries within feeding programs to fight malnutrition. The immature green pods (drumsticks) are prepared similarly to green beans, while the seeds are removed from more mature pods and cooked like peas or roasted like nuts. The leaves are cooked and used like spinach, and they are also dried and powdered for use as a condiment.