Moringa oleifera leaves

What do Moringa leaves look like?

Also a question often asked when we marvel about eating (and cooking with) with fresh Moringa leaves.

Strictly speaking: we harvest the Moringa oleifera leaves. They can be quite big and depending on the variety up to 20 inches or 50 cm long. We carefully pull or snap the entire leaf off their branches. The tree grows new leaves at an amazing speed. (See the moringa omelette video)

Moringa oleifera leaf
Moringa oleifera leaf harvested in Hawaii

The tiny Moringa leaflets are the part of the leaf we actually want to eat. The stems are quite hard and do not get soft during cooking.

It is a labor of love to pull or strip the hundreds of little leaflet of their stems.  We use only the leaflets to cook the multitude of dishes we will be presenting on this website over time.

moringa leaflets in a bowl ready to be cooked
Moringa oleifera leaflets stripped and ready to be washed and cooked
2 cups of fresh Moringa oleifera leaflets stripped and ready to be washed and cooked
2 cups of fresh Moringa oleifera leaflets stripped and ready to be washed and cooked are a great amount for any dish.

 

Fresh Moringa oleifera leaf
Fresh Moringa oleifera leaves are quite big and unruly to photograph.

 

Fresh Moringa oleifera leaf with flower buds
Fresh Moringa oleifera leaf with flower buds