The Moringa tree is one of the most useful plants in the world. The moringa tree is grown mainly in semiarid, tropical, and subtropical areas, corresponding in the United States to USDA hardiness zones 9 and 10. While it grows best in dry, sandy soil, it can also tolerate poor soil, including coastal areas. It is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree that is native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India that can be grown in a greenhouse or containers.
Many parts of the moringa are edible. The immature seed pods, leaves, mature seeds, oil, and roots can be eaten. The flowers are edible when cooked and are said to taste like mushrooms.
The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant. Here is a comparison of moringa to other common nutritious foods.
Tree can grow 10ft a year, and will quickly reach a height of 20-25ft. It is often cut back every year for culinary purposes.
Sold in 4″ nursery pots.
Harvest: March – November
Scientific name: Moringa oleifera