MORINGA SEEDS USES
The moringa oleifera tree has been called the Tree of Life by the people of its native habitat, as it has so many nutritional uses. Moringa oleifera seeds have a unique and pleasing appearance. They come with their very own wings to ensure that the wind carries them to fertile ground far away from the parent plant. When firmly rooted, they produce one of the most nutritious plant in the world.
Moringa Seeds have been cherished throughout history for the bounty that they bring when planted in fertile soil and tended to with care. Moringa Seeds have been so important throughout history that they were used as currency in many cultures. Few seeds on earth have more value than the moringa seed, which germinates to give us one of the most useful plants known to date.
Moringa seeds are large, circular-shaped seeds which grow inside the equally large pods of the moringa oleifera tree. Moringa seed pods can reach lengths of well over a foot in length, and each pod can provide over a dozen large moringa seeds.
Moringa seeds have two sets of thin flaps extending from the main kernel of the seeds. These flaps can serve as wings for carrying the seed away from the mother tree. Wind can push these moringa seeds across the ground until they find a resting place to germinate.
Unlike the fast-growing leaves of the moringa oleifera tree, moringa seed pods do not grow back every few months. Moringa trees produce seed pods on a yearly basis, much like the production habits of other trees. It is usually worth the wait for moringa trees to produce their seed pods. Moringa trees give off incredible volume of seed pods during their reproduction months. An average-sized moringa tree of fifteen to twenty feet in height can produce dozens or even hundreds of seed pods, yielding thousands of moringa seeds.
Fresh moringa oleifera seeds are usually quite soft and yield with strong pressure. As moringa seeds dry out, they harden up. If moringa seeds are to be used for oil extraction, the seeds are harvested and immediately processed. The fresh, soft moringa seeds are broken into pieces and heated with water, then they are pressed for oil. Freshly harvested moringa seeds that are cold-pressed can produce up to 40% oil by weight.
If moringa seeds are not harvested for oil, they are most likely used for eating. Moringa seeds are a popular table food in many cultures around the world. The seeds can be steamed or boiled, either in the pod or shelled, much like peas or green beans. Moringa seeds can also be seasoned and roasted for a snack food. Moringa seeds are packed with nutrients and are one of the most nutritious seeds in the world, making them as popular as moringa leaves in many household meals and recipes.