Drumstick Tree ( Moringa )

Moringa oleifera

Drumstick tree with flowers pod and seeds

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Also known as the Horseradish tree or Tree of Life. Possibly one of the most useful trees in the world, it produces long green pods that have been compared to a cross between peanuts and asparagus. The peeled roots are used as a substitute for horseradish and the edible leaves make a highly nutritious vegetable. Claims are made that its tiny leaves contains 7 times the Vit C of oranges, 4 times the Vit A of Carrots, 4 times the Calcium of milk, 3 times the Potassium of Bananas, and 2 times the protein of yogurt. The roots have also been documented as useful in many folk remedies. It originates in India and has spread in popularity to many parts of Asia, Central and South America, Africa and the Pacific. In Africa it has been also called the Miracle Tree with so many uses. This tree has delicate foliage and attractive pale yellow flowers. The slender, semi -deciduous, perennial tree, to about 10 m tall with drooping branches. Best kept pruned under 2mts as its the leaves that is what is best used in cooking. Thrives in subtropical and tropical climates, flowering and fruiting freely and continuously. Grows best on a dry sandy soil. Makes an ideal shade tree with high drought resistance. (Source: Nutritive Value of Indian Foods, by C. Gopalan)
Other Names: Horseradish tree, moringa oleifera

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Specifications of Drumstick Tree ( Moringa )

Preferred Climate Tropical, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 5-10m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? Some Leaves (Partly Deciduous)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April, May, June

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Drumstick Tree ( Moringa ) Reviews & Tips

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JenJen
★★★★★ 9months ago

DANDENONG NORTH, VIC, Australia

Have always loved eating this as a curry, absolutely delicious!

Amanda
★★★ 1y ago

LESCHENAULT, WA, Australia

Removed. It grew well - even in the rich soil with the bananas, and their watering requirements. But I didn't like the taste of the leaves and it flowered too late in the season to ever form the drumsticks - as it was totally deciduous in winter here.

Anand Rathod
★★★★★ 1y ago

NORTHFIELD, SA, Australia

Very rich and healthy fruit/stick or even leaves, high in vitamin A, 

Potty Bob 1
★★★★ 1y ago

POTTSVILLE, NSW, Australia

This is called the miracle tree for a number of reasons , that's why I grew it .The leaves are yummy , I let mine grow too tall and I'm waiting to propagate it to get a smaller bush rather than the straggly4 m tree it is .

Prab410
★★★★★ 1y ago

DERRIMUT, VIC, Australia

Growing very fast this summer 2019 (photo was taken one year ago). Already about 1m tall. All leaves drop in the winter and dies back a little bit and then bounces back stronger when the weather warms up in the late spring. First flowered late autumn l...

Jane16
★★★ 2y ago

EASTWOOD, NSW, Australia

When it arrived we had unusually bad weather in Sydney, a heat wave of 43C which lasted for several days. The bottom branch and all the leaves were yellow when it came. I transferred it to a pot, blood and bone with some rock dust with 100% organic com...

Bill Ettles
6y ago

Ravenshoe , QLD , Australia

Drumstick Tree ( Moringa )

Raised 27 out of 38 seeds in my aquaponics , the seeds were given to me by a friend kept 12 in the garden 8 as a short hedge 4 in pairs in sheltered spots will protect them over winter they are about 35 CM high at the moment.

John Bautista
6y ago

Fairfield, NSW, Australia

Drumstick Tree ( Moringa )

They are growing good at Fairfield NSW. I bought mine last April 2013 from Bonnyrigg Garden and its now 1.20 m high and healthy.

Mani Nair
7y ago

Mumbai, INDIA

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

It tastes very good when cooked with daal and coconut. I have planted one tree in a pot and growing well.

Kevin Humphreys
7y ago

Newcastle, NSW

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

The leaves from these plants taste great in chicken stews.Filipinos love them. High in vitamin c.Like sun and water. Can be pruned heavily in winter, will grow back in spring as vigorous as ever. Will grow in NSW

Percy Molina
7y ago

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

It can also be made into noodles and cooked chow mein or Canton style.

Tarma
7y ago

Strathfield, NSW, Australia

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

In srilaka we call it Murungaits leaves are rich in calcium we cooked with coconut

Pooja Shankar
7y ago

Petrie, QLD, Australia

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Drumstick is called saijan in Hindi. the leaves are yummy when cooked with grated coconut.

Monika Cantoni
8y ago

Harvey, WA, Australia

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

I would like to get a Horseradish Tree (Moringa Olerifera)Would most nurseries have them in WA?

D James
8y ago

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Drumstick Tree

Asri lankan friend of mine recently gave me some moringa cuttings one was soaked in water for a week and the other straight in the ground they have both sprouted and growing well

Trish Budd
8y ago

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Moringa olerifera. a threat to native species, invasive on Pacific islands. Qld Gov. weed risk assessment. http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/documents/Biosecurity_EnvironmentalPests/IPA-Horseradish-Tree-Risk-Assessment.pdf

Mohan Udiavar
8y ago

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Moringa stenopetala(African variety) grows slower than the Moringa oliefera(Indian variety) but has larger leaves that are easy to collect, and tastier seeds that look like almonds.

Ron Briggs
8y ago

South Grafton, NSW, Australia

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Hi Anke, sorry I dont have a phone number, but Daley's here on this site, have plants for sale and Mark Wilson ( Kenni_Koala) on ebay has seeds for sale,

Anke Arkesteyn
9y ago

Boronia, VIC

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Hi I would like to purchase some seeds from that chap in North Queensland Ron Briggs in South Crafton gave that tip Could you please give me the telephone number many thanks Anke Arkesteyn from Boronia www.delftbluestudio.com

Bill Johansson
9y ago

Yeppoon, QLD

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Hi, I would to find a source for Drumstick (Moringa) seeds please. I am in Central Queensland, but any leads in Australia would be much appreciated.

Sandip Patel
9y ago

Rajpipla, GUJRA

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

I have a some plant's reqvayd foue drumstic about 2000palnts

Faheem Ahmad
9y ago

Brisbane, QLD

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Hello, i havent eaten its its flowers sind years, and my taste buds are missing them. anyone in brisbane, if have this tree, and want to taste its flower, please let me know when inflorescence is ready.. we can share the joy

Ron Briggs
9y ago

South Grafton , NSW, Australia

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

I bought and planted two lots of seed I purchased on Ebay, first lot never germinated, bought locally, next lot were bought from a chap in north Qld, they have all come up and are going well, growing in large pots and in the ground

Raquiba Khan
9y ago

Holsworthy, Australia, NSW

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

In BANGLADESH we call it sajna as in India, you can take off the skin from the fruits, pieces and cook with mastered paste termeric, chilli powder and salt. we also cook with lentil soup!

Sanatan Mohanty
9y ago

Orissa, INDIA

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

IT is also called as Munka or Sajna Tree in India. Munka has small leaves and small and cylindrical fruit. Sajna has bigger leave and larger flattish( with 3 edges/side) fruit. Munka leaf and fruit is testier than Sajna leaf and fruit.

rustynutz
★★★★★ 9y ago

EIDSVOLD, QLD, Australia

A farvourite of my wifes. Makes great additions to soup etc. Tastes like water cress when eaten fresh. Fantastic nutritional value.

Narendra Sampat
9y ago

Mumbai, MAHAR

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

In Gujarati,it is called "Saragwa ni sing"

Robert Doolan
9y ago

Brisbane, QLD

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

If some leaves turn yellow in very young trees, cut them off. New leaves will form fairly quickly.

Vipul P Vasu
9y ago

Mumbai , MAHA

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

What is its indian name? if somebody can tell me what it is called in Gujarati language will be a great favour. please anyone ?

Amethyst
★★★ 9y ago

KEPERRA, QLD, Australia

Update September 2014: Has been pruned a few more times since last entry but never seems to recover well and is reduced to thin stems now. Again, hoping it might flower sometime but not holding my breath.------------------------------------------------...

Daniel D Martin
9y ago

Hollywood, FL

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

It is very common shade tree in the Crebean islands and South Florida very good forrage for sheep,cattle and goatsvery resistant to drought and rapid growth when wet

Joanne Cronin
10y ago

Gympie, QLD

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

I knew nothing about this tree till I saw it in a nursery in Chipata Zambia where we are assisting with a food project garden.

Abhijit
★★ 10y ago

Holsworthy, NSW, Australia

Grew ok, was attacked by football (:-)) seemed to survive. Flowered end of summer and lost all leaves in winter. Waiting to see if it survived the winter

Sandirasekaran
10y ago

Lusaka Zambia, LUSAK

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Drum stick tree or MORINGA TREE has lot of other names,MIRACLE TREE,MAGIC TREE, WONDER TREE,POWER HOUSE ETC..so , the name itself tells you the importance of the tree.This is one of the fastest growing tree in the world without much care.

BRENDAN1
★★★ 10y ago

Athelstone, SA, Australia

thin brittle small tree  seems tough enoughworthwhile purchasegood tasting leaves and the early fresh pods do taste asparagus like bees love the flowers

linnie
★★★★ 10y ago

CAWONGLA, NSW, Australia

I have had two of these for a while. They are still in pots, because I am trying to decide where to plant them. The only part I've tasted so far are the leaves, which are quite palatable. This is a fairly tough plant, and despite its Low Frost toleranc...

Jk
10y ago

Kelmscott, WA, Australia

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Hi Yvonne Pringle - Armadale I got a Moringa Tree last week, I live in Kelmscott

Diane2
★★★★ 10y ago

SPRINGFIELD, QLD, Australia

 growing in 40cm pot not very bushy at first.  Grew 3 pods end of last year.  Picked early this year planted one pod of seeds to grow more trees.  Will sprout other pod for eating and crush last pod for water purification test.  Tree has now grown...

Diane
10y ago

Springfield, QLD

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Hi I am Diane from Queensland who wrote in Mar 2008 whether you can grow this tree in a pot well my tree has been growing in the 40cm pot ever since. It has not been very leafy more lanky it grew 3, 30cm pods which I have allowed to dry on the tree.

Rhoda Nungo
10y ago

Kakamega, KENYA

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Wonderful tree, I use leaves for vegetable, dry leaves and make into a powder used in porridge flour or in warm water and drunk as refreshment. Every home should plant this tree.

Trevor Magann
10y ago

Brocklehurst, NSW

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

I would like to buy two drumstick trees for my cancer treatment ca n anyone please help, tm dubbo nsw.

Tony
10y ago

Brisbane, QLD

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

My drumstick plant (from Daileys) is an incredibly fast grower. It has been in the ground for just under 3 months and has reached a height of about 3m & the trunk is about 6cm in diameter.

Jay Jayadevan
10y ago

Cherrybrook, NSW

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Marvellous fruits, seeds and leaves

Nirmala Patwari
11y ago

Hyderabad, India, A P

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Mature drumstick can be dried, powdered and used in vegetables, soups. If fibrous, or long sticks, they can be put in a sieve and separated. Flowers can be cooked with grated coconut, or with potatoes and peas.

Sl
11y ago

Quakers Hill, NSW

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

My drumstick tree is now well over 3m tall, is completely decidous in a temperate zone but appears healthy. I will need to plant it in the ground this spring.I beleive it is also known as Saragawa. It tastes great.

Luke
★★★★★ 11y ago

Clemton Park, NSW, Australia

like most tropical fruits and veg they get burnt by frost in the first winter and by the next year they are climateised, I have mine growing under a green eggplant tree to protect from frost and I will prune the eggplant in spring to let the sun throug...

Ashutosh Pandey
11y ago

Bhopal India, INDIA

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

We want to make drumstick tree as popular as any holy tree & make it compulsory in every court yard in every house hold

Jeffrey Blaquiere
11y ago

Marangaroo-6064, W.A., Australia, Australia

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

My drumstick tree provides us with many drumsticks, we supply to friends & family and also sell to the local gourmet shop. I have successfully grown the tree from seed as well.

Giri
11y ago

Cheltenham, NSW

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

When hot crab curries are cooked drumstick leaves are added and the crab curry taste heaven! This is a regional Sri Lankan recipe.

S.l.
11y ago

Quakers Hill, NSW, Australia

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Dear all, my drum stick tree has quadrupald in size from when I bought it abt 4mnths ago!!! Its fruiting now!!! And what's best is that I grow it in a very large plastic pot...hw abt that!!!!!

Rouaa Maher Abdle Rahim
11y ago

Sudan Khartoum, KHART

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Can it treat diabitis

Yvonne Pringle
12y ago

Armadale , W.A., Australia

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

I love drumsticks cooked in a curry but want to know where to buy a tree in perth western australia

Y Narayan
12y ago

Griffith, NSW, Australia

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Hi Diane you may but it will not thrive well unless planted outside directly in the soil. The young plant is very frost-sensitive until the branches harden and become woody with age.

Diane
12y ago

Springfield, QLD, Australia

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Can you grow drumstick in a pot??

Steve
12y ago

Bundaberg, QLD

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Young trees need protection from Possums as they will destroy them>

Ruben Garcia
12y ago

Jiggi, NSW, Australia

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Adding the ground up seed of the drumstick tree clarifies turbid water. According to New Scientist it also traps much of the bacteria content in the water as well. How cool is that? Who needs water purifiers?

Susana Realica-turner
13y ago

Belmont, NSW, Australia

Drumstick or Horseradish Tree

Hi Sheila, I haven't tried growing drumstick tree from seeds but I am not a botanist. You can grow it from mature cuttings say 3 cm diametre by 1 m. It needs very rich soil, protect cutting from getting dry or sun burn.

Noel Burdette
14y ago

Goodna, QLD, Australia

Drumstick Tree or Horseradish Tree

The Pods are wonderfully tasty when cooked with Tumeric and English Mustard as part of Sri-Lankan cuisine.

Yogendra Narayan
14y ago

Griffith, NSW, Australia

Drumstick Tree or Horseradish Tree

The soft yellow and white flowers are an excellent vegetable also. May be sauted withy onions and a pinch of tumeric, or added to your omlette. If you choose the latter, keep your omlette simple with just onions and drumstick flowers in beaten eggs

V. Austin
14y ago

Blaine, WA, Australia, Australia

Drumstick Tree or Horseradish Tree

Very tasty when added to chicken stew/chicken soup

Jay Queja
14y ago

Berowra Heights, NSW, Australia

Drumstick Tree or Horseradish Tree

The young leaves of Drumstick tree can also be cooked and used as a vegetable. This is a commonly used vegetable in Northern part of The Philippines.

Susana Realica-turner
14y ago

Belmont, NSW, Australia

Drumstick Tree or Horseradish Tree

The fruit is also edible when cooked. Harvest the fruit when it is not fully mature or reached the woody stage. Slice the fruit lengthwise by following the groove. Easier to slice into four pieces to access the soft pods.

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