Some plants are so easy to grow that it’s amazing to us how difficult to find — and/or expensive — the seeds can be.
Moringa is one of those plants. We almost always have seeds available for free at our Open Gardens, but an amazing couple from Fort Myers stopped by last summer with two giant boxes of seeds. We’re paying life backward by giving them away now.
In case you have never heard of it, moringa is a tropical tree that the federal government once called the “tree for solving global hunger.” Moringa thrives in the worst possible locations, with no water or fertilizer, yet its leaves and “drumsticks” — seed pods highly sought after by people from India who remember eating it as a child — are packed with nutrients.
In fact, one researcher called it the “world’s most nutrient-packed plant” and other researchers have documented dozens of benefits from eating moringa, whether it’s fresh, boiled or dried.
We can’t ship the plants — they just don’t handle spending time in a box well — but the seeds are super-easy to sprout and grow either in pots or the ground.
The trees will skyrocket up, so it’s easiest to keep them trimmed about shoulder height. You’ll see me many mornings in my front yard with a blender, picking moringa, Everglade tomatoes and Daikon radish for a fresh-from-the-garden smoothie — all for free! It’s one of the tastiest “healthy” foods out there too — it starts off with a mild greenish flavor but there’s a reason its nickname is the horseradish tree.
We always let one group of trees grow extra high so we have plenty of moringa seeds to share though! (They’re forming blooms about 20 feet high as I write this in February, we’ll cut them back once the pods are ripe and the seeds are ready to share.)
Please two packages of seeds (total) per order. It’s time-consuming to collect, package and mail them, even though we really want more people growing food for themselves, caterpillars and butterflies (or write firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell us why you need more).