MORINGA ACKEE

Hey guys! You’ve probably been hearing all the rave about moringa oleiferia– this super duper “tree of life” that bears these highly nutritious leaves, pods, flowers & seeds! 

The moringa tree is native of the sub-Himalayan areas of India and also presents the benefits of being a fast growing, drought resistant tree.

Here in Jamaica, you’ll likely come across dried up seeds & leaves- commonly consumed amongst the Rasta community especially. And rightfully so- they’re really good for you! I’ve also had friends tell me they use it for their hair- mixed with oils.

Moringa has also been extensively used in other parts of the world: namely in India & the Philippines where they have been cooking the leaves & young pods for years! 

In Mexico, moringa is also used in natural remedies- and the oil for skin/hair applications.

Bali is also another place where moringa has been used for decades- in curries, teas, etc.

Moringa seeds have also been used to purify water– in certain parts of the world.

You can read about the health benefits of Moringa online- and below sums up what makes this plant so amazing!

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Anyway- so I’ve started to cook with the leaves a lot more, lately, and I wanted to show you how easy it is to integrate into your dishes!

The leaves taste a little like spinach– and it takes a lot of leaves to get anything decent! So you’ll need a bit of patience- but well worth it 🙂

Be sure to choose leaves that are not too young and not too mature. They should be “just ripe”. Rinse them at least twice before cooking them.

Here I cooked them up with some ackee- making for a great breakfast and start to the day!

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Recipe for Moringa Ackee

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups of moringa leaves- washed
  • 1 dozen ackee, prepared & boiled
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 2 plummy tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
  • Thyme
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • Scotch Bonnet (optional)
  • Coconut oil

The process:

  • In a large pan, drizzle some coconut oil- and add the onions & garlic. Cook until transluscent.
  • At that time, add thyme and cook for a little more. This helps release the oils of the thyme and intensifies the flavour 🙂
  • Then add the scotch bonnet, tomatoes & green bell peppers- cook until soft.
  • Add the moringa leaves- they will cook very quickly, in about 2 minutes!
  • Finally, add the ackee. Season with salt & pepper. Mix everything well and cook for another short 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Feel free to add other aromatics like ginger or turmeric in here too! 

 

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