Asked June 6, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

What is Moringa?

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Moringa - The Miracle Tree

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"The Moringa tree, Moringa ovalifolia , native to India, is known as the drumstick tree because it has a bulbous seedpod. It now has a new name---the Miracle Tree. The Moringa tree is among the world's most nutritious plants. Their leaves can be eaten raw, cooked, or ground into baby formula. They contain four times the calcium of milk, three times the potassium of bananas, four times the vitamin A of carrots, seven times the vitamin C of oranges. The seeds can be pressed for an unsaturated fat like olive oil. The seeds can also be crushed into a powder that purifies water because its electrolytes attract impurities and precipitate them out of the fluid. The Moringas are fast-growing and extremely drought-tolerant. Sounds like a tree for south Texas!" from

Learn more about Moringa from page 3 of the University of Illinois Champaign County Master Gardeners - The Cultivator in this newsletter: