Goa’s Bounty: Drumstick (Moringa oleifera)
Moringa Oleifera is the scientific name for the popular drumstick tree. The leaves and immature pods are generally consumed as a vegetable. Both the leaves and the fresh pods are loaded with nutrition. The drumstick pods are very popular in India and are used in curries, soups and sambars. The pods are rich in protein as well as an array of minerals and vitamins.
The vegetable is low in calories providing just 26 calories per 100g. It is also high in fibre.
Drumsticks are a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and most of the B-complex vitamins. Vitamin A is essential for good vision and has many other health benefits. Vitamin C boosts the immune system and prevents disease. It helps treat common cold, congestion and respiratory problems like asthma. B vitamins play a vital role in the metabolism of carbohydrate, protein and fat. Drumsticks are also rich in minerals like calcium, phosphorus and iron.
Drumstick is said to have blood purifying properties, and helps reduce skin problems like acne. Drumstick consumption benefits a wide range of respiratory problems like bronchitis and tuberculosis as it has anti inflammatory properties.
Due to the wide variety of nutrients present in drumstick and its availability, make sure you include this humble vegetable in your daily diet and reap the health benefits that it has to offer.