Moringa, the ‘new’ wonder plant.

Moringa, Drumstick pods and leaves
Moringa, Drumstick pods and leaves

The drumstick tree (Moringa oleifera) is a hardy tree which grows easily even in the wild. Its tender pod – muringakka- is a favourite vegetable in most South Indian cuisine. Who can resist the wafting aroma of a ‘muringakka sambar’? The leaves are also used like keerai. All parts of this tree – the pods, seeds and the leaves- are said to be rich in vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients. The seeds and leaves are also used in filtering and purifying river water.*

Of late, the West has discovered the benefits of moringa and all sorts of moringa products are available in the market at fancy prices. Reams (or, should I say, terrabytes) of literature are also published on moringa’s benefits and applications.

Good to see that we have not given up our trusted ‘Muringaikai’ and ‘Murugai keerai’.

Above picture of a push cart of lush green muringakkai and muringaikeerai was taken near the Chitrakkulam in Mylapore during the Panguni festival.

*PS. Oh yes, I left out the Tamil movie innuendoes !




3 thoughts on “Moringa, the ‘new’ wonder plant.

  1. I will add to the virtues that you have poured on this humble “weed”.It is one of the key components of social forestry along with the Tamarind, some street mango trees, Palm-Nongu etc. It provides free food to many poor people who live off the land. This tree has to be worshipped ( with steaming Sambhar- Madras Nalla madras indeed)

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