MALUNGGAY

malunggay
a Filipino plant with the scientific name Moringa oleifera


Moringa is a tree known as sajina in South Asian countries like India. In English, it is sometimes called referred to as horseradish tree or horseradish plant, although it's a different species from the horseradish that Westerners know. The tree grows fast and survives well in drought conditions.


Malunggay leaves are popularly used in Filipino soups and broths especially tinola. The leaves are said to increase lactation in nursing mothers. Filipinos like to say that malunggay is “the most nutritious plant in the world.”  It is rich in vitamins A and C and iron.  A study recently found that malunggay increases sperm count in men.



Another Filipino dish that has malunggay as an ingredient is bulanglang.


Malunggay seed pods (the "fruit") are used in dinendeng.


Filipina senator Loren Legarda claims her beautiful skin is the result of her havng malunggay soup every morning.


The Philippine government has named malunggay as a potential biofuel source.