V.E. Emongor
The moringa tree (Moringa oleifera Lam.) is the most “underutilized” multipurpose tropical crop. The leaves, tender pods and seeds could serve as a valuable source of nutrients for all age groups. The leaves, tender pods and seeds are sources of vitamins, minerals and proteins. The leaves and branches can be used as feed for livestock and fish. Due to the high nutrient content of the leaves, moringa can be incorporated into the mulching system. The dry seed suspension is a known natural coagulant and coagulant aid with antibacterial activity. Dry moringa seeds can be used in place of alum to treat turbid water and reduce bacteria in drinking water. Moringa leaf powder can be used as a supplement to boost or stimulate the immune system of HIV/AIDS positive people. Moringa seed contain oil that can be used for various industrial purposes and as vegetable oil for human consumption or as biofuel. Global industrialization and the increasing demand for environmental friendly products make moringa have great potential as a source of pharmaceuticals, dyes, biofuel, human food, animal and fish feed, and water purification products.
Emongor, V.E. (2011). MORINGA (MORINGA OLEIFERA LAM.): A REVIEW. Acta Hortic. 911, 497-508
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2011.911.58
the wonder tree, underutilized tropical crop, nutritional supplement, HIV/AIDS, biofuel

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