Moringa oleifera is one of the most rich sources of nutrients and vitamins that our body needs. It is rich in calcium, potassium, beta-carotene, Vitamin C, and iron. Moringa can be prepared as a vegetable or included in soups, but mostly just the leaves and fruits are used. Others prefer to drink it as tea.
Here are some simple steps on how to make Moringa tea and Moringa powder.
Step 1 Get Moringa Leaves
Gather Moringa leaves, 3 to 4 stalks will do. It is best to use the mature leaves because they dry up fast.
Step 2 Air Drying
Air dry the leaves including the stalks for a day or until the leaves are crisp. Air drying will make the leaves fall out and then you can separate the stalks after. But some people include the stalk in making tea because of its fiber content.
Step 3 Grinding
Grind the air-dried leaves (with the stalks if you prefer) for 10-15 seconds. You can use a blender to grind the leaves.
Step 4 Storage
Put the ground Moringa in tea bags, and store in a cool, dry place. Make sure not to leave it in open moist places, so it will have a long shelf-life.
Step 5 Preparing the Tea
To prepare Moringa tea, just add hot water, lemon and sugar to taste.
- Grinding the leaves for a minute or two will give you Moringa powder, which can be sprinkled on dishes.
- Use a net when air-drying the leaves so they don't scatter.
- Another way of making tea is by simply boiling 1/2 cup of Moringa leaves in 1 1/2 cup of water. Let it cool and drink the concoction as tea.