Brede mourom is part of the Mauritian tradition but not many people know its nutritive and medicinal values.
It is often prepared “en bouillon” with hot water, some onion, garlic along with rice based dishes.
WHAT IS MORINGA ?
Moringa oleifera is a tree originating from India but grows also in Africa, Asia, South America.
This tropical tree is part of the Moringaceae family , it grows very fast, is resistant to drought and is extremely rich in nutrients. The adult tree can be 10 to 12 meters high with 4 to 5 meters the first year.
It is called “the miracle tree” or “life tree”.
Most of the tree can be used, flowers, leaves, seeds.
WHY IS IT GOOD?
The tree contains
WHICH PARTS TO USE?
All parts of the plant are used for their particular potential: leaves, fruits, seeds, roots, bark, flowers.
- The oil extracted is used for cooking as it contains unsaturated fatty acids (mainly oleic acid) and it doesn’t oxidize easily. The oil is also used in the perfume industry for its capacity to absorb and retain smells.
WHO CAN CONSUME IT?
- the persons suffering from malnutrition or persons with transit problems, older people, vegetarians (that are often not consuming enough proteins)
- children and teenagers (not eating enough vegetables)
- athletes that want to store enough vitamins before an event.
- all persons eating a healthy diet.
Moringa can have a laxative effect if over consumed in large quantities.
Roots should not be consumed as they contain a dangerous substance.
Not to be consumed when pregnant.
Special thanks to Véronique for her mention of Moringa to me.