The Moringa or Drumstick trees make themselves at home almost anywhere. They are the only genus of the family Moringaceae. The trees branch out profusely and bear pods which are edible.The leaves are highly nutritious.
Drumstick trees grow almost everywhere, but they prefer a tropical climate.
Livestock, monkeys feed on the leaves which serve to be a tonic for them, unawares. It is known to increase milk production in cattle. WHO have been utilizing the leaves for more than forty years, to treat malnourished children: as a cheaper alternative in the countries that needed them.
The leaves have essential amino acids, vitamins A, B, C and minerals.
They are anti inflammatory, promote metabolism and support normal sugar levels of the body.
It is the secret of athletes to boost themselves and big companies prefer to keep the general public in the dark about its value, the plant being so abundant.
The chemicals in the leaves are an antioxidant; they beautify the skin, aid in digestion and are nourishment for the the eyes and brain.
The leaves increase the natural defences of the body.
At home the tender leaves could be taken in a boiled form, boiled with lentils. They could also be sautéed in oil with a little garlic or spices for taste. Even the blossoms are edible.