#BlackHistoryEats / Day 20 / Moringa
- Moringa originates from both Africa and Asia where it is still cultivated and harvested today. The Asian species is called "Moringa oleifera" (also known as drumstick tree, horseradish tree, ben oil tree, and benzoil tree), and the African species is called "Moringa stenopetala" (also known as cabbage-tree).
- Both species of moringa tree are multipurpose in use (i.e. both the leaves and the seeds are used) although they look very different.
- Moringa grows in tropical climates and is fast-growing and drought resistant
- There are a total of 13 different species of Moringa
NUTRITION + USES /
- Moringa is rich in vitamins A, C, and E as well as minerals like calcium and potassium. It is also very high in protein (it contains more than 22 amino acids -- amino acids are the molecules that make up protein)
- Moringa is also known for is antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
- In more recent years, moringa leaves have been dried, ground and converted into a dietary supplement
- The seeds are also dried and pressed into an oil for beauty purposes as both a moisture and inflammatory agent. Ancient Egyptains used moringa oil to protect thier skin against a harsh desert climate
- The seeds can also be used to purify water