While nothing compares with the delicious taste of fresh Moringa leaves, the ease of making, storing and shipping dried leaf powder has made it perhaps the most available form of Moringa in the world today.
And though Moringa powder is not the miracle cure-all that some people are promising, it is still an easy and relatively inexpensive way to get powerful natural nutrition into one's diet.
Making Moringa Powder
If you have access to fresh Moringa leaves, you can make your own powder very easily.
- Strip leaves from stems
- Rinse in clean water
- Lay leaves out in a thin layer in shade, on fabric if available
- Turn leaves often if the humidity is high
When leaves are dry enough to crumble easily, they can be ground in almost any type of grinder. Or they can be rubbed against a wire screen.
Remove any stems and store in an air-tight container away from direct light.
Using Moringa Powder with Food
Moringa powder can be added to soups and stews when cooking, but more nutrition is available when added at the end of cooking, or just before eating.
The taste of the powder is strong, so the amount that is palatable may depend upon the strength of the flavor of the soup or stew. Some flavors seem to blend well with Moringa powder (like peanut or lemon) and some don't. Experimentation is still the best way to find out what tastes good and what doesn't.
Research has been done that indicates that some nutrients are actually more available when Moringa is cooked. Especially when cooked with other foods. For example, cooking Moringa with tomatoes increases dramatically the amount of iron actually available to the body. The same seems to be true when cooking Moringa with beans of any sort. More research is needed in the area of bio-availability to discover the very best ways to use Moringa to obtain the maximum nutritional value.
Making Moringa Tea
Moringa powder can very easily be used to make tea. The trick is straining out the fine powder. Some of the powder will settle to the bottom of the cup, but most can be strained out using cloth or a paper filter.
The easiest way of making tea from powder is to use an automatic coffeemaker, if one is available. Just place the Moringa powder where the ground coffee would normally go, and the coffeemaker strains the tea for you as it is being made.
And if you have been disappointed in the flavor of Moringa powder, you will be very pleasantly surprised by the flavor of the tea. It's a bit like green tea, but better, according to many who have tried it. And many people describe the effect of the tea as somehow relaxing, yet energizing.
Making Moringa Capsules
Another way of using the powder is to make capsules, using empty gelatin (or veggie) capsules which can be bought from many health food stores and pharmacies. There are a variety of small inexpensive devices that facilitate the process of making capsules by hand. Five capsules of powder (00 size capsule) equal about a teaspoon of powder.
This is an easy way of getting Moringa into the diet, especially for those who may not like the taste.