All of us just wanted to live in this world longer. But, in order to achieve that, we need to take god care of our bodies. Eating nutritious foods and beverages will surely play a big role in the promotion of good health. Along with regular exercise, one can have the optimal health that everyone wants.
Good thing! Nature has provided us with almost all that we needed in order to survive in this life. We have different veggies and fruits available. We just need to know how to use them properly. Do you know anything about Moringa Oleifera?
Moringa Oleifera (drumstick tree, horseradish tree, or ben oil tree) is a tree that is proven to have really amazing health benefits. From the small leaves and to the seeds, it really rich in vitamins and minerals like protein, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Iron, Vitamin B2, Vitamin A, Magnesium and many more. Also, it has lots of antioxidants.
In the Philippines, it is called “malunggay”. Malunggay can be found in almost every region in the country. Recognized by nutritionists, dietitians, and nutrition researchers as a miracle plant, Malunggay is called the National Vegetable of the Philippines.
Malunggay is commonly found in backyards and farms around the country. One can just ask a neighbor to get some leaves of this plant. This is commonly mixed with dishes, bread, and eve in noodles.
Today, you’re going to learn how to make a really healthy tea out of moringa or malunggay.
Here are the steps provided by Hubages.
Step 1: Harvest the Leaves
Pick the compound leaves from the tree branch. The leaves come off from the branches quite easily. Just pick the greenest mature leaves and make sure to remove those that have signs of yellowing. It is up to you on how much you will harvest.
Step 2: Sort the leaves
Place the harvested leaves in a clean dry pan. Shake the leaves to remove dust or cobwebs. Then pick and remove dirt, twigs, and small insects like ants.
Step 3: Air-drying
Transfer the leaves into a larger flat container for air-drying. Place it in a cool and dry place. Do not sun-dry the leaves. Because it will diminish the nutritional content of the leaves. Air-drying takes about three days. Then, they are ready for crushing.
Step 4: Crushing
Start the crushing process by vigorously shaking the leaves on the fine wire mesh. This will remove more impurities from the leaves and will eliminate leaf petioles that were shed during the drying process.
Step 5: Pan-drying
Pan-drying removes moisture to make the leaves brittle. “The process deactivates oxidative enzymes and prevents the leaves from rotting. The application of heat also stops the growth of molds.” Just remember to be as careful as you can.
Step 6: Packaging and Storage
You can store it in an air-tight colored glass container. This is done to minimize oxidation, increase shelf-life, and to retain the full flavor of the brew. Buy some tea bags and place the moringa inside. Remember to always close the container of the packed moringa for longer shelf life.
Step 7: Brewing
Golden rule; do not boil the moringa in hot water. Instead, steep two teaspoonful of Malunggay tea in boiling water. Allow the leaves to settle at the bottom of the cup before drinking the tea. You can add honey or sugar to taste.
Now, you have a really healthy and fantastic Moringa tea. Your loved ones will surely love this!
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