Moringa Tree Of Life
Picture taken on November 4, 2009:
Here is that same tree, picture taken October 19, 2011. It looks like it had died back due to our harsh winter last season, which is what happens each winter to our trees also. (Ours die back to the ground each winter from freezing, then come back up from the roots in the spring, as the ground doesn't freeze here so the roots survive.) :
Below is a moringa oleifera tree on the University of Arizona campus.
For those who would like to see it in person, it's on the SE corner of Gila Hall, located here:
Here is a Moringa tree growing on the SE corner of Gila Hall on the University of Arizona campus in downtown Tucson, Arizona. (circa Fall 2010; see map below for location)
The Moringa trees below are my uncle's in Hawaii. They were pruned 2 months prior. He cut them back to about 3 to 4 feet high. As you can see, they are now nice and green. When he cut them they were about 20 feet high. The leaves were sparse and the fruit (pods) were brown and dry. The cut stalks can be planted and eventually they'll root and become trees. The trees in the picture were planted from stalks (cuttings). As you can see, one was planted only about 2 feet away from a tile wall. He reported that the roots can get bigger and be invasive. My uncle tries to cut them back every 6 months. He says you can wait longer, but they'll be bigger and harder to cut. He likes to get the younger leaves on the top of each branch for cooking.
Here's a recipe I got from him: Parboil the leaves really quick (just a few minutes). Cool them with cold water, squeeze the water out with your hands and toss them up with some fresh cut tomatoes and soy sauce for a salad. I must say, this is really Tasty! (and Easy!). I also save the cooking water and drink it as moringa tea - Yum!
This is one of our trees after a season of growth. It died back to the ground the winter before and then came up from the roots in the spring. It is approximately 20 feet tall in this picture. The picture was taken in November, 2014.
And here's a mature tree in Glendale, Arizona. The owners purchased one of our seedlings a couple years prior to this picture being taken. They asked me to come over and harvest the pods because they had far too many for them alone to eat. They reported it having a constant supply that year and when I went there I saw a tree full of blossoms as well as pods in all stages of growth. Picture taken November 18, 2012: