Malunggay: Filipino Superfood

Peruse the aisles of your nearest Natural Health Foods shop and see if you can find malunggay pills. If this superfood has not hit the States yet, guaranteed it will make an appearance within the next decade.

Malunggay (Moringa oleifera) is a tree found in the tropics with small green leaves used to combat malnutrition and for various herbal medicines. It has been reported to contain 7xs more vitamin C than an orange, 4xs the calcium of milk and 2xs the protein, 4xs the vitamin A of carrots, 3xs the potassium of a banana as well as a source of iron. Malunggay is also the ultimate ‘anti-‘ drug: antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, anticancer and anti-inflammatory. While malunggay leaves are no quick cure for an unhealthy lifestyle, my hardworking 62-year-old supervisor Ma’am Rita swears that the malunggay tea she drinks every morning is the source of her unyielding strength.

1) Walk outside my front gate and break off a tree branch. 2) Pull the tasty leaves from the dense stem. 3) Cook
1) Walk outside my front gate and break off a tree branch. 2) Pull the tasty leaves from the dense stem. 3) Cook & enjoy.

Here in Odiongan the leaves can be ground up and made into a pill or mixed into soup.

Mongo beans with of my favorite Filipino dishes!
Munggo beans with malunggay…one of my favorite Filipino dishes!

4 thoughts on “Malunggay: Filipino Superfood”

  1. Gotta love the feeling of walking out your front door, picking something and eating it. Pure bliss. Dave and I planted a great garden this year that we have been able to eat fresh veggies from for the past three months. We’ve grown kale, spinach, lettuce, arugula, several different herbs (lots of basil…I have a basil obsession), tomatoes, carrots, peppers, peas, green onion, and my fave: sunflowers that are now about 7 ft tall! The garden makes me so happy. Though hard to grow a garden in Calgary…two hail storms in August left the garden looking rather beat up.

    I tried to look up munggo beans on google images just now….but it only shows me mung beans. Are mung beans called mungoo beans in the Philippines?

  2. There is more than one type here but they are all in the family of mung beans. I recently tried ginataan munggo which means it is cooked in coconut milk. Also delicious! Your garden sounds amazing and super impressive!! Send me a picture

  3. Moringa also grows here in Namibia! And in many other countries around the world. The crazy thing is that it isn’t used traditionally in Namibia, despite all these benefits. Awesome that you are working with this amazing food, keep up the good work!
    – Christine

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