Saturday, July 2, 2011
Indian drumstick is Moringa oleifera, a flowering tree from the family Moringaceae native to southern foothills of the Himalayas.
The genus name ‘Moringa’ derived from Tamil word ‘murunggai’ or Malayalam word ‘muringa’, both of which refer to M. oleifera.
The greed pods and seeds are consumed as greens. The flowers are edible, said to taste like mushrooms.
M. oleifera is propagated via limb cuttings of 1 – 2 m long. It can also be propagated by seeds.
Fruiting starts after 6 – 8 months.
It is often cut back annually to about 1 meter and allowed to re-grow so that the pods and leaves remain within arm’s reach.