- "Drumstick Tree" and variants thereof redirect here. This name is also used for the Golden Shower Tree (Cassia fistulosa).
, the word Moringa probably came from dravidian language Tamil
and commonly referred to as "Shojne" in Bengali
, "Munagakaya" in Telugu
,"Shenano" in Rajasthani
,"Shevaga" in Marathi
, "Nuggekai" in Kannada, "Moringa" (from Tamil
: Mashinga sanga
), and Malunggáy
, is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Moringa
, which is the only genus in the family Moringaceae. It is an exceptionally nutritious vegetable tree
with a variety of potential uses. The tree itself is rather slender, with drooping branches
that grow to approximately 10 m in height. In cultivation, it is often cut back annually to 1 meter or less and allowed to regrow so that pod
remain within arm's reach.
The "Moringa" tree is grown mainly in semi-arid
, and subtropical
areas, corresponding in the United States to USDA hardiness zones
9 and 10. While it grows best in dry sandy soil
, it tolerates poor soil, including coastal areas. It is a fast-growing, drought
-resistant tree that is native
to the southern foothills of the Himalayas
in northwestern India. Reports that it grows wild in the Middle East or Africa are completely unsubstantiated. Today it is widely cultivated in......