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Friday, July 29, 2011

My Own Malunggay Tree

I have been a veggie lover even when I was younger. And, I prefer veggie salad with no meat or cooked veggie with brown rice.

One of my favorites is malunggay (or moringa) because it is rich in nutrients such as Vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. So malunggay is constantly in my weekly shopping list.

Luckily, in almost every lot corner of the village we recently moved into, there’s
malunggay tree. Because of that we have malunggay leaves in our meals, lunch or dinner, at least once or twice a week.

Then four months ago, I decided that we should have our own malunggay tree since we love malunggay so much.

So I asked my brother-in-law to get us a branch which he did earnestly. He went for a long one which was almost as tall as me.

Subsequently I took the branch cutting straight to my back yard and poke the ground
Malunggay leaves are highly nutritious, being a significant source of beta-carotene, Vitamin C, protein, iron, and potassium.

The leaves are cooked and used like spinach. In addition to being used fresh as a substitute for spinach, its leaves are commonly dried and crushed into a powder, and used in soups and sauces.
with it, not bothering to dig a pit. I managed to plant the branch cutting probably about six to eight inches down.

I watered the branch cutting occasionally for a few months. During those times, the branch looked disappointingly dead.

Then a couple of weeks ago, my malunggay tree started to show some new growths! Here is my own malunggay tree a week after:

For more information, detailed with nutrition values, visit these sites:

Growing Malunggay or Moringa

Moringa Oleifera - Wikipedia

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