Miraculous Mauritius Moringa!


Known as the Miracle Tree for its ability to treat many diseases, Moringa is increasingly being sold globally, in the form of powder, supplements, and teas.

I must say, there is no better health benefit than actually eating the leaves, as the full leaf has a more powerful punch for the body. Here in Mauritius, there’s a tree nearly on every corner.

Befriend a neighbor that has a tree, or better yet, grow one.

What is Moringa?

Moringa Oleifera is a tree native to Africa, India, & tropical regions

Moringa Tree

The leaves are abundant in vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron), antioxidants, antinflammatories, all 18 amino acids, protein (for a green vegetable!), selenium, zinc, tryptophan (stabilizes mood), and has natural antiseptic properties.

Its traditional medicinal qualities have been used to treat several diseases e.g. skin disorder treatment, diabetes, sleep improvement, relief for anxiety, depression, and stress. It can give you a huge boost in energy as well as immunity. It has the ability to even out your blood sugar levels, and it can even help you recover more quickly after a workout.

So how do we cook it?

It can be sautéed like many other leafy greens – my favorite mix is with onions, garlic & mushrooms. However, there’s a beautiful and easy soup recipe just below. It’s adapted from a great Mauritian cook who allowed me to use this recipe. I hope you enjoy it!

Mauritian Moringa Soup Recipe

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Yields4 Servings
Prep Time30 minsTotal Time1 hr
Ingredients
 12 tbsp coconut oil
 12 onions, chopped
 23 garlic cloves, minced
 1 Inch ginger, minced
 3 tomatoes, skins removed, chopped
 4 cups water
 ½ kg moringa leaves, stems removed
 Salt & pepper
Directions
1

Sauté onions in oil for a few minutes

2

Add garlic & ginger. Cook for a few minutes

3

Add tomatoes. Cook for a few minutes

4

Add water

5

Once boiled, add moringa & cook for 20 minutes.

6

Add salt & pepper to taste

Ingredients

Ingredients
 12 tbsp coconut oil
 12 onions, chopped
 23 garlic cloves, minced
 1 Inch ginger, minced
 3 tomatoes, skins removed, chopped
 4 cups water
 ½ kg moringa leaves, stems removed
 Salt & pepper

Directions

Directions
1

Sauté onions in oil for a few minutes

2

Add garlic & ginger. Cook for a few minutes

3

Add tomatoes. Cook for a few minutes

4

Add water

5

Once boiled, add moringa & cook for 20 minutes.

6

Add salt & pepper to taste

Mauritian Moringa Soup Recipe

Note: it’s easiest to remove moringa leaves from stems after 1 day in the refrigerator

Photos taken by Beata Albert

ENJOY!!

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