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Moringa trees also referred to as Drumstick Trees. They are easy to grow in the Southwest and provide a good source of protein and vitamins. These trees are drought tolerant and can grow 1-2 ft per month from seed. Follow the steps below to learn how to Harvest & Prepare Moringa Pods.
A superfood tree has been quietly making its way into many American backyards.
This tree will provide you with food (all parts are edible), water (it can purify it), more protein and calcium than milk, four times the iron of spinach and… a LOT more:
The Tree That Every Gardener Should Grow in their Backyard
I planted one in my backyard and was absolutely blown away by how fast it grew – over 4′ feet in just 2 months.
Best of all, this tree already grows in many American backyards, so see if it grows in your own backyard as well.
If you are lucky enough to grow Moringa you may be surprised to learn that you can eat the young pods, not just the leaves and flowers. You will want to harvest the pods when they are bout 6″ long. I have 5 moringa trees growing in my yard. They provide a great source of superfoods for my family. Because these trees grow fast, they are an excellent way to provide shade to the yard in less than a year or two from seed.
Fully mature pods grow up to 10-12″ long and are no longer edible due to the fibrous nature and large seeds. Fun fact: you can also use seeds of the mature pods to purify water. Pods that are longer in length, but no thicker than a pencil may be a little tough. You can cut the pods into 2-4″ lengths and peel off the outer skin.
You can purchase Moringa Seeds on amazon. They are super easy to grow in some regions of the US.
After you cut the pods to size and /or peeled, you can cook them just like green beans or freeze for future use. The pods are excellent added to soups and casseroles. Do you have a favorite recipe that uses Moringa Pods? I am always looking for new ways to use these. Let me know in the comments and I will give it a try.