The art of drying Moringa leaves
We researched many years how to dry Moringa leaves, now we know more…
We have ever started drying leaves outside because we didn’t know better ….
Then from washing machine dryers to gas dryers, layer dryers to automated dry machines with temperature, air and moisture control. We have learned a lot to where we are now and we learn every day. There is only one way, testing, testing and testing until you have achieved the desired result …. but test on which?
Customers like long shelf life, beautiful green color leaves (powder), tasty taste and high nutritional value for a reasonable price.
What does the customer want or demands?
You can test for long shelf life, you can test for nutritional value, you can test on beautiful color, taste or test on a nice average …
There have been several studies on the drying of Moringa leaves, which we are all very pleased with, because there are lots of things to learn, but there should be more, we can use so much information.
But you have to do it yourself, self-learning and self-knowledge and exploit its capabilities and optimize, only then are you able to each specific customer requirement.
So we start testing with different drying machines, different times, different temperatures, constant humidity measurement, nutritional value, taste, color, shelf life and cost price of any final product.
This is your Moringa end product.
If there are people wondering why we don’t report the results here, I do not mind if some things are copied but I’ve been working on it for a long time and still working on it …..
If you have questions regarding this article, please let me know.
Till the next time,
Kind regards, Jan
*) ps : I have left the testing of Chemical characteristics out of this, because I think it is obvious that products are being tested and controlled when making food.
Moringa similar to powdered milk at a fraction of the cost.
The potential of Moringa is far greater than your local cold-pressed juice counter.
Moringa is not only exceptionally drought-resistant but its leaves have a huge amount of protein, about 30 percent dry weight.
Kale and Matcha have long since ruled the supergreens kingdom. But recently, a powerful new grassy-hued food has started making waves as an even healthier alternative. Moringa oleifera, also known as horseradish tree because of the pungent, bitter flavor of the roots, is a tree native to India, Pakistan, and Nepal. You may have noticed the catchy name, which sounds more like a salsa dance move than a superfood, cropping up as an ingredient in smoothies, juices, and booster shots at health food shops nationwide. Some have already called Moringa, with its seemingly endless list of benefits, the next big supergreen of 2017. But while it may strike the average green-juice–swigging American as new, the nutrient-packed plant has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.
Mark Olson, a professor of evolutionary biology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, who has studied Moringa for more than 20 years. “Moringa is not only exceptionally drought-resistant but its leaves have a huge amount of protein, about 30 percent dry weight, similar to powdered milk at a fraction of the cost. With so much of the global population facing protein-energy malnutrition, a protein-rich food that grows well in a drought-prone area of high population density is very important,” says Olson.
“What is really exciting about Moringa is that it provides needed nutrition and ‘nutraceutical’ effects for people in places where these things are really needed,” says Olson.
On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, today many Americans are considered to be overfed but undernourished, sometimes suffering from micronutrient deficiency as a result. In these reverse situations, Moringa could also be used as a similarly beneficial nutritional supplement in nations where calories are readily available but which class someone is in too often determines access to nutritious food.
May 3, 2017 8:00 PM
by Claudia McNeilly
Four Different Moringa Species.
Moringa Stenopetala, Moringa Hildebrandtii, Moringa Drouhardii and the Moringa Oleifera.
A research from, Department of Livestock Sciences, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Frick, Switzerland.
The family Moringaceae is monogeneric and has 13 Moringa species
See the list here.
Moringa Oleifera, has more records of various kinds of research in scientific databases than of all the other 12 species combined. It has been found that all parts of Moringa Oleifera can be used.
For medicinal purposes, all parts of the plant (roots, leaves, seeds, bark, gum and flower) have been used to treat a multitude of diseases and deficiencies (Anwar et al., 2007).
Seed and leaf material from four different Moringa species were collected from all kind of countries to analyses them on Proximate Composition, Amino and Fatty Acid Profiles and Element Compositions.
Very interesting is to see the below table, the necessary amount of leaf dry matter intake (g) to cover 15% of the daily requirement of a child for the given nutrient of Moringa leaves. Requirement values from Golden (2009), with data from FAO where available, otherwise data from other sources (e.g. Institute of Medicine, IOM).
Cinnamon with Moringa
Cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet.
It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors, and has a plethora of other impressive health benefits.
Cinnamon with Moringa powder, Tea or tablets…from Cambodia…
The science of Moringa, Moringa has been one of the most widely studied herbs in the world.
In recent decades, Moringa has been extensively studied in clinical trials, with evidence emerging to prove the long-touted benefits of this nutritional powerhouse. The leaves, roots, seeds, bark, fruit, flowers and immature pods of Moringa offer cardiac and circulatory stimulation.
Moringa has been found to have antitumor, antipyretic (fever reducing), antiepileptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, antispasmodic, diuretic, antihypertensive, cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective (protective of the liver), antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Moringa has been one of the most widely studied herbs in the U.S.A., Europe, Philippines, India, and Africa. Several prominent universities, prestigious scientific institutions and governmental bodies globally have generated evidence to support Moringa’s nutritional and medicinal value.
Hundreds of studies from renowned medical and scientific journals can be found on the US National Center for Biotechnology/National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=moringa> website.
Let’s take a look at what the science says:
Diseases prevented by Moringa
Scientifically speaking, Moringa sounds like magic. It can rebuild weak bones, enrich anemic blood and enable a malnourished mother to nurse her starving baby.
Ounce for ounce, it has the calcium of four glasses of milk, the Vitamin C of seven oranges and the potassium of three bananas.
Moringa’s potential as diet aid, water purifier is seen as boon to hunger fight. It’s cheap, full of nutrients and a known quantity in much of the developing world.
That’s what Los Angeles Times wrote about Moringa.
Doctors use it to treat diabetes in West Africa and high blood pressure in India. Moringa is also used for arthritis, stroke, cancer asthma, anxiety, anemia, cough, headaches, hypocholesteremia, discharge intestinal fat, hormonal imbalance, dysmenorrhea, climactic disturbance, hepatic detoxification, diuretic for kidney, prostate disorders, tonsillitis, tuberculosis, migraine, hangover, allergy, stomach ulcers, skin infections, sores, blackheads, blood impurities, bronchitis, catarrh, chest congestion, cholera, conjunctivitis, diarrhea, eye and ear infections, fever, glandular swelling, hysteria, joint pain, pimples, psoriasis, respiratory disorders, scurvy, semen deficiency, sore throat, sprain, intestinal worms, lactation, colitis, dropsy, dysentery, gonorrhea, sleep disorder, jaundice, malaria and urinary disorders.
It prevent and cure over 300 illness. It nourish your whole body, kidney, liver, heart, eye, strengthen teeth, skin and hair. When taken, it makes you feel good, fresh and energized. Many people who take Moringa live healthily pass the age of 90.
Production and Processing of Moringa.
For everybody who’s interested in THE MORINGA PLANT, you should read this.
With all kind of information of the Moringa plant. Also ideal for your garden or for farmers in the countryside to teach them, educate them about the possibilities in agriculture to cultivate the Moringa as a healthy product but also as a good income.
In a simple language and pictures explained how to cultivate, how to control, setup a nursery, planting density and cultivation systems, pests and diseases, how to prune, how to make income etc. include some recipes for cooking.
A huge compliment for the writers and designers of this excellent document, Please, you can read it or download it here….Production and Processing of Moringa
Moringa as medicinal
Did you know that, the juice from the root bark put into ears to relieve earaches and also placed in a tooth cavity as a pain killer ?
A Study of Ethnobotany, Nutrients and Pharmacological Moringa Oleifera Profile. Research Journal of Moringa Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences ISSN: 0975-8585.
Chemical compounds isolated from Moringa Oleifera have been shown to contain useful pharmacological properties with prospective medicinal applications.
Parts used: Drumstick’s root bark, stem bark, leaves, fruits, seeds and roots are used for therapeutic purposes. They have their own unique medicinal qualities.
Nutritional Value of Leaves and Pods.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIESOF MORINGA OLIFERA
Flower: High medicinal value as a stimulant, aphrodisiac, abortifacient, cholagogue; used to cure inflammations, muscle diseases, hysteria, tumors, and enlargement of the spleen; lower the serum cholesterol, phospholipid, triglyceride, VLDL, LDL cholesterol to phospholipid ratio and atherogenic index; decrease lipid profile of liver, heart and aorta in hypercholesterolaemic rabbits and increased. Continue reading
Traditional medicine at Cambodia
It’s known that plants and animals have been used for hundreds of years in traditional remedies in Cambodia.
What is Traditional Khmer Medicine?
Traditional Khmer Medicine in Cambodian Society ?
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Traditional Vietnamese Medicine in Cambodia….
Which plants they are using and what is the effect of it. Of course we know already Moringa, Turmeric, Ginger, Sdau etc. but there are over 800 species of medicinal plants (native and introduced) were identified. This figure represents over 35% of Cambodia’s native flora. An overview of the use and trade of plants and animals in traditional medicine systems in Cambodia you’ll find here.
Mr. Yean Ysreng, Deputy Director of National Center of Traditional Medicine. About 40 to 50 percent of the population in remote areas are using traditional medicine because they are poor and it is cheaper than Western medicine. It also cures them of their ailments all the same.” The ancient Khmers first formulated this medical lore, during and around the Angkor period. From the turn of the first millennia until the present day, this system of treatment has served the people of Cambodia. “At that time, they only had traditional medicine to treat illness–they did not have hospitals yet,” said Yean Ysreng. “They also didn’t have microscopes and they dealt with illness by guessing the disease. For example, when they saw someone coughing they would guess that it was tuberculosis.”
More about Herbs & Spices of Cambodia you will find here.
In 2007 I visited the Phnom Khulen in Cambodia (see picture 2007 Phnom Khoulen, J. Camp), since that time I’m interested in traditional healing and medicine. See Picture Kru Khmer.