The leaves of moringa is very nutritious.They contain beta- carotene,Vitamin-C,iron,protein,calcium and potassium.The fruit of the tree is used as one of the most popular vegetables in various recipes.The flowers are used to make snacks.
Considering the rich nutrient contents of the drumstick tree it is used in combating malnutrition among the mothers and children.It is commonly said that Moringa leaves contain more Vitamin A than carrots, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more Vitamin C than oranges, and more potassium than bananas,” and that the protein quality of Moringa leaves rivals that of milk and eggs.Moringa leaves and pods are helpful in increasing breast milk in the breastfeeding months. One tablespoon of leaf powder provide 14% of the protein, 40% of the calcium, 23% of the iron and most of the vitamin A needs of a child aged one to three. Six tablespoons of leaf powder will provide nearly all of the woman’s daily iron and calcium needs during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The tree’s bark, roots, fruit, flowers, leaves, seeds, and gum are also used medicinally. Uses include as an antiseptic and in treating rheumatism, venomous bites, and other conditions.
The plant is propagated by seeds and planting 1–2 m long cuttings. The plant starts bearing pods 6–8 months after planting, but regular bearing commences after the second year. The tree bears for several years. As with all plants, optimum cultivation depends on producing the right environment for the plant to thrive. Moringa is a sun- and heat-loving plant.