Moringa leaves are a natural African superfood and an excellent green powder food supplement. Their leaves, which are exceptionally nutritious, maintain a very high level of their nutrients when dried. Rich in Vitamin A, B and C, it also contains protein and lots of antioxidants, as well as calcium and potassium.
Here’s how moringa leaves compare to other fruits and vegetables in terms of nutrition:
Moringa Nutritive Value of Indian Foods C. Gopalan, et al
Moringa leaves are most commonly consumed once they’ve been dried and ground into a powder, but if you live near a moringa tree, they are easy to harvest. You can eat the fresh leaves in a salad, or cook them like you would spinach.
Powdered moringa leaves are easy to mix into date bars, brownies, smoothies and even banana and zucchini breads. The powder is easily disguised and doesn’t have a strong taste, although we only recommend adding a few tablespoons to a baking recipe, and then adding more if you feel inclined. Sometimes people feel a bit hesitant to eat a piece of cake that’s green!
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If you’re not sure where to find moringa leaves in your area, ask around where you buy your tea. We find ours from individual suppliers, and we asked around at a regional agricultural fair as well. More and more, moringa powder is making it onto the local market, though, so let your supermarket know that you’re interested in buying some.
If you’re going to try moringa, eating the leaves are by far the tastiest and the best.