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Drumstick

Drumstick

The rich culinary tradition of our country has helped us to relish and taste several types of vegetables and fruits thereby derive out the umpteen health benefits. One such amazing vegetable that is greatly valued and earns our interest is drumstick or moringa oleifera. Moringa obtains its name from the Tamil word, murungai, denotes twisted pod. This humble vegetable is used extensively in Indian culinary dishes for more than a hundred years. Be it delectable sambhar or avail, or any meat curry, soups, pickles etc., drumstick renders its unique flavour to the dishes. Drumstick pods and leaves are a storehouse of essential nutrients, whereas the leaves are the most nutrient part of the plant and one of the finest sources of calcium, iron, zinc, selenium and magnesium. Fresh pods and seeds are a great source of oleic acid, a healthy fatty acid which is known to promote heart health. Moringa leaves is unique among all the greens as it is heaped with a good amount of protein about 9.8 gram of protein per 100 grams. Dry powdered leaves are an amazing source of good quality essential amino acids. Drumstick is praised as a tree of life as almost all the parts of the tree are beneficial and used for various purposes. The edible parts of the tree include leaves, stalks, stems, immature green fruit or seed pods, aromatic flower and young seeds and roots are made into nutritious and delicious dishes. The mature seeds yield edible oil called ben oil, which is odourless, clear with high strength of behenic acid and resists rancidity. Seed cake after oil extraction is used as manure or as a floc to purify water. The shredded root with a distinct flavour is used as a condiment. Furthermore, the bark, sap, roots, leaves, seeds and flower find a prominent place in traditional medicine.

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