Moringa oleifara

 

Drumstick Tree, Horseradish Tree

Moringa is one of those miracle plants that are not only used for its high edible qualities like amino acids, minerals & as a multivitamin complex, but also for its soil regeneration benefits in permaculture design.


USDA Hardiness Zones: Hardy to zone 5 as an annual
Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous in Temparate Climates
Plant Type: Perennial
Years to Bear Fruit/Edible Qualities: Leaves, seed pods, roots and bark are all used for edible and herbal qualities. Leaves are eaten raw, cooked or dried in powder form. Seeds are pressed for the oil, ""Oil of Ben"", cooked and eaten like peas & also used to treat water as thys contain natural antibiotic & antifugal compounds. 50-150 milligrams of ground moringa seed will treat one liter of water. Seed pods are enjoyable when young & tender. Roots of moringa are used in teas and as extracts for inflammation & joint related pain.
Full Size: Can easily reach 15'-20' in one season; very fast growing
Cold Tolerance: Dormant during winter months if freezing conditions present, Central Florida moringa will die back in winter and return in spring if trimmed back.
Light Requirements: Full sun to Partial
Drought Tolerance/Watering: Virtually drought resistant, will grow just about anywhere, making this plant suitable for curbing malnutrition in anybody's diet
Soil & Site Requirements: Will grow in degraded sandy soils and rich soils alike. Can also adapt to below freezing conditions by returning in full force in the spring each year.
Links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxCbyoYl1Og In Depth Guide: http://moringafarms.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Growing-Moringa-for-Personal-or-Community-Use.pdf