Moringa is one of our favorite trees to grow here in the desert. They are low maintenance, drought-tolerant, and a great source of vitamins and minerals. The entire tree is edible from its roots to its leaves, flowers, and pods. Today we are going to go over how to make your own Moringa Powder.
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Moringa Powder Uses
Moringa powder is made from the leaves of the Moringa Tree or Drumstick tree. The leaves can be used fresh or in powder form to add to smoothies and pretty much any dish you can imagine. It is a great way to sneak in extra nutrients to your family’s food, especially awesome for picky eaters.
Here are a few examples of how the powder can be used in everyday dishes:
- Burger Patties
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Spaghetti Sauce
- Moringa Noodles
- The list goes on and on and on…….
Benefits of Moringa Powder
Moringa contains lots of vitamins and minerals and is an easy way to add calcium and vitamin C to your diets. Just look at the list below and how it compares to everyday food:
- vitamin A (10 times more than carrots)
- vitamin B1
- B3, B-6
- vitamin C ( 7 times more than Oranges)
- calcium (17 times more than milk)
- potassium (15 times more than Banans)
- iron (25 times more than spinach)
- protein ( 7 times more than yogurt)
How to Harvest Moringa to Make Powder
To make Moringa powder, you will need to harvest the leaves. This is a simple process. Moringa trees love to be cut back. The more you trim them, the more they grow, so do not be afraid to remove whole branches from your tree.
After you have collected the branches, I like to cut off the smaller side branches so they are easier to handle. Once in the house, I cut the branches into smaller pieces for drying. It is easy to remove the leaves once dry so I leave the smaller inner stems in tacked.
How to Process Moringa for Dehydrating
Place the smaller sections into a colander and rinse well, then pat dry. Place the leaves onto your dehydrator racks and set the temperature to 120-125 for 6-12 hours. You will know they are dry when the leaves crumble and easily fall off the branches.
How to Make Moringa Powder From the Dried Leaves
Gently remove the leaves from the stems onto a cookie sheet. I find this is the easiest way to process the leaves. If you would like to make tea with the moringa leaves, I like to use whole leaves for this, so set some aside. Once you have gathered all the dried leaves, place them into a spice grinder, or magic bullet and grind to a powder. Store your powder in an airtight container for 6-12 months.