That’s why this article focuses on the moringa flower. Most people who are aware of moringa will know that the powdered form of moringa has many health benefits. Fewer people, it seems, are aware that the fresh flower (as well as the freeze-dried version) is also a delicious addition to many meals.
What Are Moringa Flowers Good for?
They are most commonly used to make tea. The flowers are steeped in hot water for at least five minutes, which is enough to release the natural flavour of the plant. If the taste is too sour, it can be sweetened with honey or sugar.
They are also great to eat, and are considered a delicacy in some cultures. Generally, people seem to agree that they taste like mushrooms. Moringa flowers can be used in salad, or on the other end of the health scale, fried in oil.
How Can Moringa Flowers Be Used?
Moringa Flower and Medicine
Traditionally the flowers have been used to reduce inflammation, and even today are suggested for nursing mothers. They would be brewed into a strong medicinal tea, or pressed for the juice they contain. The tonic produced can be used to treat urinary tract infections and the common cold. It has been thought for many years that it promotes the production of milk in new mothers.
There are recent studies which show reduced inflammation and muscle spasms when the flower is given to laboratory rats. It is thought Moringa flower can also can also be used to treat edemas, and has been shown to help with swelling.
Moringa Flower for Cooking
All of the above health benefits can be attained by working moringa flower into your diet. With a distinct but subtle flavour, moringa flower can be added to a huge range of dishes with great results.
How to Eat Moringa Flowers
As a Snack
Moringa Flower Recipe: Fritters
Mix the flowers, along with the tiny buds too, with all the mentioned ingredients except the water. Mix well, and gradually add water until you find the mixture forming into a kind of paste. Once you can form a ball with the mixture that doesn’t fall apart, you’re ready. Form small round balls and lay out on a sheet.
Heat some oil in a deep pan, then drop in the balls and fry on a medium until crispy and delicious looking.
Moringa Flower Recipe: Make a Thoran
Soak the Moringa Flower in a bowl of water for 15 minutes. Create a paste from onions, grated coconut, green chillies, and curry leaves. In a kadai (a round-bottomed frying pan or wok will do), add mustard seeds to coconut oil. Add and sauté the paste for a few minutes, and at the end add the moringa flowers. Season, and serve with rice and a dal if you wish.
Stir Fry, or Add to Your Favourite Dishes
How to Prepare
Can Moringa Flower Be Bad for You?
For most people, moringa flower has only positive properties. We have also discussed the potential side effects of moringa on our site. However, we need to mention here that, even though the flower is recommended for breastfeeding, it is not recommended that women take moringa during their pregnancy.