Last Sunday I harvested the young leaves of my Moringa trees, of which there are three at the far end of my farm, just couple of metres from the river which runs parallel to my farm. Moringa (we know them as drumstick tree) are so easy to grow I never knew that. Planted a year back they are already 10 to 12 ft tall. Moringa leaves have rich nutritional value (I had mentioned this in one of post which made me plant them ) and is known as “pharmacy in your neighbourhood.” It’s rich in protein, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Vitamin A and C.
Part of the leaves I’m going to dry them in sun and rest put in dal or vegetables we cook at home. Moringa Leaf Powder Moringa leaves can be consumed fresh, cooked or dried. Since dried Moringa leaves retain their nutrient content, it is possible to convert them into leaf powder. Moringa Leaf Powder is an excellent nutritional supplement and can be added to any dish.
Moringa leaves should be dried in an area protected from light to prevent the loss of vitamins and protected from dust and pests to prevent contamination. If necessary, Moringa leaves can be covered by thin cloth or mosquito netting to help keep them clean while drying. The drying process should be completed as quickly as possible to prevent the growth of molds; if leaves mold or mildew they should be thrown out or used for compost. When the Moringa leaves become brittle and crush easily, they are dry.
Moringa Leaves Drying suggestions
- Spread cleaned Moringa leaves on a cloth inside the house or other protected structure
- Spread cleaned Moringa leaves in hanging trays made with mosquito netting
- Hang Moringa leaf bunches from roof or porch with string (like tobacco drying; for this method, the leaves are left on the stem
Grinding Moringa Leaves
Dried Moringa leaves can be made into powder using a mortar & pestle, local grain grinders or simply by rubbing the dried leaves against a fine screen. Once the dried Moringa leaves have been transformed into a powder, the leaves powder is sifted to remove any remaining stems.
Storing Moringa Leaf Powder
Moringa Leaf Powder should be stored in air-tight containers protected from heat, humidity and light.
How to use?
There is endless ways to incorporate Moringa leaf powder into the diet. Moringa leaf powder can be used as a tea, added to beverages, sprinkled on food or taken in capsules. Moringa powder can be used in cooking or salads.
Moringa Leaves Powder can be added to any food or beverage and it will increase the vitamin, mineral and protein content. For healthy individuals, a few spoonfuls of Moringa Leaf Powder can be added to any meal to make it more nutritious. Since the nutrient content of Moringa Leaf Powder decreases if exposed to heat, add the powder after the food or drink has been prepared, just before serving.