ALSO KNOWN AS
Moringa, Miracle Tree, Drumstick Tree
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Malunggay, before it hit the mainstream, was just found in our Filipino classics of tinola (chicken soup for the soul) and monggo (bean soup for life). When the science and news blew up about Moringa, the hippest and new superfood (circa 2018) it made its way to Western shores in powder and supplement form.
If you’re Filipino, you probably already know some stuff about this powerhouse, our homegrown superfood. One of the most popular things is that it’s perfect for creating breastmilk for babies. But did you know that almost ALL parts of this miracle tree are edible? From its roots to its seedpods to its seeds!
Fresh and cooked malunggay also have the same amount of nutrients. So when you have moringa leaves cooked in monggo, in powdered form in a smoothie, or in a capsule, you’re getting the same ratio of B Vitamins to convert food into energy, Vitamin C for your immunity, Beta-carotein for your vision, Vitamin K your blood's ability to clot and heal itself, and manganese for your metabolism.
Moringa also has a rich and rare combination of zeatin, quercetin (proteins), B-sitetosterol (lowers cholesterol), caffeoylquinic acid and kaempferol (antioxidant, anti-inflammation, anti-cancer properties). Basically, Mother Nature really packed this baby up.
Traditionally in tinola and monggo; but try and add it in any soup, stew, or vegetable dish. In fruit smoothies (goes great with watermelon - tried and tested), baked in bread, or sprinkled on your favorite savory dishes for more nutrition.