Moringa oliefera flowers: A review on nutritive benefits, medicinal values and culinary uses
Madhumitha K, Krishna prabha V
Moringa Oleifera, native to India, grows in the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. It is commonly known as “Drumstick tree” or “Horse radish tree”. It can withstand both severe drought and mild frost conditions and hence widely cultivated across the world. Different parts such as roots, leaves, bark, flowers, fruits of immature pods and seeds are well known for its nutritional and medicinal potential; But most of the research has been regarding leaves and pods; Therefore in the present study, the nutritive value as well as medicinal benefits of the flowers were discussed. The flowers provide a rich and a rare combination of nutrients - minerals, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and other essential phyto-chemicals. This review explains the use of Moringa flowers across various researches for its nutritive value, medicinal applications and prominent pharmacological properties of this “Miracle tree flowers”.