Farming the Moringa Tree
Moringa trees are primarily farmed for the variety of health benefits that the plant provides. Fortunately for farmers, the tree is easy to raise and is very hardy in difficult conditions. It grows quickly and is very resistant to drought, which it has to be to survive in its native deserts of Africa, Asia, and India. The tree grows best in very dry, sandy soil and can reach heights of up to 10 meters tall.
Moringa trees do not go dormant, so they can be planted in the soil as soon as they have reached maturity. In most regions the tree will provide flowers and seeds annually, and in some regions even twice annually.
To give an idea of just how quickly the tree grows, within its first year the Moringa tree could reach heights as tall as five meters! This remarkably rapid growth is very unique to the plant, which makes it a favorite of tree farmers in dry regions. The trunk of the tree could reach up to 30 cm wide.
Another benefit of the tree for farmers is that it can be cut back down to a meter tall every year, and it will quickly recover and grow new leaves and pods so that they can be more easily harvested. After about three years of growth, you can expect the tree to provide anywhere between 400 and 600 pods, with a fully mature Moringa tree producing up to about 1,600 pods.
Once planted, Moringa trees do not need much water to thrive. They can be watered regularly for a couple months after placed in the soil, but after that only when the tree is clearly parched. The trees also will typically grow well without having to use fertilizer, and are very resistant to pests and diseases.
Harvesting of the Moringa pods generally takes place while the pods are still fairly young and small (a size of about a centimeter in diameter) and are easy to snap. The older the pods get, the tougher their exterior get, but the white seeds and the flesh are still good for eating until the pods begin to ripen.
Our Dead Sea Moringa products come from Moringa plants tended by caring local farmers in closely monitored green houses with Dead Sea soil. Order yours today and support the Dead Sea region economy!