|Horse Radish ( Moringa oleifera)|
Moringa Oleifera, commonly referred to as Horse radish in English or Malunggay in Filipino is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Moringa. It is very common and widely cultivated in almost any Filipino backyard. It is an exceptionally nutritious vegetable tree and considered one of the world's most useful trees, as almost every part of the Moringa tree can be used for food and medicinal or beneficial properties. It is used as a metabolic conditioner to aid against endemic diseases in developing counties because of its micronutrient liquid, a natural anthelmintic that kills parasites and adjuvant that aids or enhance another drug.
Moringa leaves are highly nutritious and a good source of Vitamin A(beta-carotene), Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B7 and B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K, calcium, protein, iron and potassium. It is cooked like spinach or when dried and crushed into powder is used as a refreshing tea.
Moringa is a very good source of vitamins and minerals. It can aid in the prevention or cure malnutrition in pregnant women and children. It can aid to prevent stoke, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, kidney problems, diabetes, and many symptoms of old age such as wrinkles and liver spots on the skin, hair loss, lessened hearing, worse eyesight, slower reaction times and agility, reduced ability to think clearly, difficulty recalling memories and greater susceptibility to bone diseases such as osteoarthritis.
Here are some recipes you may try preparing in your home:
Mongo bean Malunggay (Filipino)
1 cup mongo, boiled
1medium tomato, diced small
1medium onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped finely
¼ cup fine strips pork or
½ cup smoked fish meat
Salt to taste
1 cup malunggay leaves
Boil pork strips until its natural oil comes out. Sauté garlic, onion and tomatoes. Mix the pre-boiled mongo, sauté . Boil until all ingredients blend. Add malunggay and simmer for a while and serve.
1.) Use one tsp of moringa for every cup of water. Soon it in the coffee filter just like your ordinary coffee. This is a delicious and nutritious green tea that goes well with snacks, meals or by itself. You canadd lemon peel and a little honey for a stimulating nutritious beverage or
2.) Boil 1 Moringa tea bag in 2-3 cups water or depending on howstrong or light you would like your tea. Don’t wait for it to cool down as the tea bag might not produce the taste and color you look for. You can add sweeteners, creamers, lemon or calamansi. Or just about anything you would add on any other tea. You can also served it cold for a refreshing ice cold tea.
Tinolang Manok (Chicken Soup dish)
3-4 clovesGarlic minced
1 medium Onion sliced
2 sp. ginger strips
2 chayote sliced or
1 medium unripe papaya slice
1 cup malunggay leaves
2 sp. Oil
2 chicken cubes
1.5 liter water
Sauté ginger and garlic in oil until golden brown. Add onion and sauté. Add chicken cubes and sauté until cubes melt. Add chicken, mix and cover. Add papaya or chayote when chicken is half cooked. Add water and continue to boil until all the chicken and vegetable is tender. Add malunggay leaves, simmer for a while and serve.