Every year, a “new” superfood appears. The year of the chickpea was 2021 and 2020 was all about mushrooms. The superfood that everyone is talking about this year and for good reasons, is Moringa, also known as the “drumstick tree.” The global technology research firm Technavio even predicted that the Moringa products market will grow by 2.85 billion between 2021 and 2025.
Moringa is native to India, but it is widely grown throughout Asia and Africa. People have been cultivating the plant for centuries because of its numerous medicinal properties. This miracle tree can aid in the treatment of diabetes, inflammation, infection, joint pain, heart problems, and even skin conditions as leaves contain seven times the vitamin C of oranges and fifteen times the potassium of bananas. Calcium, protein, iron, amino acids, and antioxidants are also abundant in the plant. Moringa’s healing powers go beyond just internal health as it is not only antibacterial but is also effective as a regular soap for hand washing and can help protect your skin from UV radiation.
You can add it to tea, lattes, milkshake, lemonade, and even in some sauces. It doesn’t have caffeine but it definitely gives you a bit of a kick. It digests easily, too, so it’s really a feel-good kind of ingredient.
The desire to incorporate more nutritious foods into our diets is not a new phenomenon, but what sets Moringa apart, is its sustainability. Because the plant grows abundantly with a very low water requirement, it’s well-suited for combating malnutrition in drought-prone areas. It’s even said to purify water. These days, we are facing a serious climate crisis, and the future of food security may be found in crops like Moringa that are drought-resistant and nutritious…