If you’re not familiar with moringa, it’s referred to as the “miracle tree” because of its wide range of nutritional, medicinal, and purifying properties. It’s also called a “superfood” because of its awesome potential to improve health and eliminate hunger around the world.women in Cambodia harvesting moringa It has high amounts of protein, and is significant source of vitamins and minerals. The leaves of the moringa tree contain 18 amino acids, 8 of which are essential amino acids, making them a “complete” protein. This is a rare find in the plant world.(But not in the steak world!) In addition, it’s full of phyto-nutrients and disease fighting antioxidants.
If you’d like to learn more about the health benefits of moringa or how to grow it, check out the Moringa Oleifera entry in our plant database.
From a survival/prepper perspective this plant is a significant source of vitamins and protein. In the same breath, its perennial, drought resistant and can flourish in horrible soil. It follows our mantra, “low input, high output”. Minimal work will bring pounds upon pounds of harvest throughout the year.
Since it can be dried and powdered for storage, used for tea, as a vitamin supplement or easily mixed into recipes to add nutrition, you'll wonder why you're not growing it. Moringa is awesome!
Check out the following steps to make this super nutritious moringa powder.
Step 1: Step 1: Cutting Your Moringa Tree Down to Size
When your moringa tree has gotten nice and tall and has a significant number of branches, cut the main trunk of your moringa tree down to about 1 meter high. This will keep the tree bushier and easy to harvest in the future. (Don’t worry, cutting it short won’t kill it!)
Step 2: Step 2: Collecting the Moringa
Collect all of the branches into a pile. Tie them together at their base and hang them. Keep them out of the sun!
Step 3: Step 3: Prepare for Drying
Spray them down with water to get any extra dirt/dust off and wait a few days until the leaves become dry and can easily fall off.
Step 4: Step 4: Collect the Dried Moringa Leaves
Collect the dried moringa leaves into bowls or onto a sheet. Hint: minimize the amount of small sticks in the mix, it will make for a smoother powder.
Step 5: Step 5: Blend
Place leaves in blender or grinder until the desired consistency is achieved.
Step 6: Step 6: Strain and Refine
Use a strainer to sift out any unwanted sticks and large matter.
Step 7: Step 7: Store It, Eat It, Drink It, Share It, Sell It....
Now you can put your moringa powder in containers or ziplocks. We like to use a vacuum sealer. Be sure and store your prized moringa in a dark cool spot to minimize nutrient breakdown.