days to maturity: 90 days
plant spacing: 1 plant every 5 feet
sunlight requirements: 6-14 hours
look out for: root rot and plants being knocked over by wind
harvest notes: coppice whole tree at eye level to keep it low
Moringa is a super food must in any tropical home garden, growing well in our climate and tolerant of sandy, disturbed soils. 100g of fresh Moringa leaves contain about 9.3g of protein, 434mg of calcium, and 164mg of vitamin C, in addition to protein, vitamin A and B, and a rich profile of trace minerals. The tree seasonally produces seed pods, also known as ‘drumsticks,’ considered a delicacy when young, and when mature can be extracted from the pod and used to purify water. As a food crop, trees can be kept low and frequently coppiced, encouraging production of fresh leaves within harvesting height. If left uncut, trees can grow fairly large. It would be hard to fit all of the information about Moringa in this short description, so we urge you to go online and research the extensive uses and benefits of this ‘miracle tree’.