07/29/2014: Ed2010 from Canada: "Hi Jeanette, Moringa grows widely in South India. It is a garden Tree which grows up to 30 ft high. The fruit is called DRUM STICK.
We used to cook moringa leaves and have it along with fish curry, sambar, rasam. The fruit Drum Stick is cooked in sambar makes the sambar very flavourful. Even the flower is edible.
Moringa is very nutritious, contains Iron, Vitamin A, Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Amino Acids, Vitamin B complex so it can be a natural immune booster. You can equate Moringa with Materna. Moringa gives complete nutrition for pregnant and lactating mothers.
Moringa is very very common tree in south India, moringa grows in every house hold garden (before 2000, not anymore in metro cities). We don't buy moringa (or at least I did not buy when I was in india). You can just walk into the garden and pluck the leaves from the tree. Wash it and use it for cooking. In fact, if you need moringa leaves your neighbor will love to share it with you from his/her garden.
The leaves, flowers, fruit are edible and used for cooking. If you make a small cut on the bark, the tree secretes a resin that can be used as glue.
During my childhood I used to collect this resin boil in water and make my own glue ( heavenly those days)
It is surprising that what we got free and what we shared for free is sold for $25 - for 60 capsules approx Indian Rupees Rs 1300.
Know this important information about Moringa.
Moringa Flowers - works for Erectile Dysfunction and Infertility (similar to horny goat weed).
There are moringa flowers cooking recipes, search in google.
Leaves - mostly used for cooking. Also, you can grind the raw leaves and make a paste apply as a face mask and cleanse with water. Natural facial.
Leaves - used in cooking as dish with curry.
Drum Stick - used in cooking in variety of recipes.
To get the nutritional benefits from Moringa Leaves you have to take atlteast 2 tsp of powder. Good health"