Monday, January 25, 2010

Drumstick Tree

The Drumstick Tree Moringa oleifera is said to be one of the world's most useful trees. Its seedpods which look like drumsticks, are a foot or more long . They have the pride of place in South Indian cuisine.
The profuse white flowers of the tree is also used in curries. They taste like mushrooms. The tiny leaves of the drumstick tree is also a valuable vegetable. It can be eaten with a salad, or cooked with garlic and chillies to make a tasty dish.

The roots of the tree are used as a medicine for snake bite. The flowers, leaves and the seedpods all contain high amounts of calcium, iron vitamin C and beta carotene. The soup made from the drumstick leaves make you feel energetic.


The name of the tree in Sanskrit is 'Shobhanjan', meaning beautiful sight. The tree which flowers three or four times a year is a beautiful sight to behold. The flowers are faintly fragrant and attract hoardes of bees and birds.



8 comments:

  1. Anything that flowers several times a year has to be great. And I love the name of the tree. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed my visit to your blog.

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  2. Another new and pretty tree from where you live. It sure is a beautiful sight!

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  3. Hola Lotusleaf, incredible properties of this Shobanjan tree, so many different uses... what a great nature gift!!!!
    Cariños,
    Maria Cecilia

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  4. Very interesting tree, am wondering if we have this tree on the island. We have a similar tree with a purple/blue flower, wonder if it can be related.

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  5. Gardeness, welcome to my blog and thanks for your comment.
    Catherine, thanks.
    Hola, Maria Cecilia! Have a nice day!
    Helen, glad to hear from you after a long time. The tree in your island may be related to this tree.

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