Moringa in the kitchen


Though many of us know the health benefits of moringa, I’d venture to say that more people in the Western hemisphere use it as an herbal supplement than a food in its own right.

Confession: I have never eaten the “drumsticks.”

By the time I catch them they’re as hard as rocks. I’m starting to wonder if the internet is trolling us on their use as a vegetable.

Which leaves us with the leaves.

For some years now we’ve incorporated moringa leaves into various dishes. When cooked they lose their bitter horseradish spiciness and become mild and pleasantly chewy. They’re a good addition to soups, stock and sautés.

But my favorite dish for moringa leaves is mixed in with bacon as a part of scrambled eggs:

#moringa and #bacon. A perfect beginning to scrambled eggs.

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First, cook your bacon, then toss in moringa leaves. Spatula them around until they’re limp, then add your scrambled eggs.

I’m currently eating five eggs with four slices of bacon for breakfast, along with my usual cup and a half of black coffee – gotta get those muscle gains going.

Moringa adds an extra boost of nutrition to any meal. Try the leaves – they’re good.

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  • Mmmmm, bacon. I pretty sure I could live off bacon and black coffee.

  • Moringa in scrambled eggs. Yes! That’s what I ate yesterday. I like it better than spinach. Sauteed with chiles from the garden. Didn’t have any bacon in the house.

  • Unfortunately all of my moringas got zapped by the 4 days of freezes we have had this week. I would have liked to have tried the scrambled eggs and moringa dish tomorrow..

  • Is it okay to harvest moringa leaves from a tree that has been frozen? I can’t see what difference it would make – they would be easy to powder now as they are brittle and easy to harvest. Just wondering. Thanks.

  • We had three days with the temperature was in the 40s. I noticed today that my Maringa leaves are yellow. I was just wondering if I should harvest right away and use immediately. Thank you.

    • They tend to get a little sad in cooler weather. You can certainly harvest them – it won’t hurt anything – but they’ll be putting on a whole new round of growth when the weather warms up again.

  • I wrapped my two moringas in straw and chicken wire after cutting them down to 4′ last November (as David had with his for winter). Now that they are unwrapped, I’m wondering when/if they will come back to life. Right now they are simply 4′ sticks (3″ in diameter) poking out of the ground.

    • If they still feel solid and you scratch them and can see green, just wait. They like 80-degree weather or so before they want to start growing.

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