Oil extracted from the seeds is an excellent
edible vegetable oil and is also useful within the
cosmetics industry. A dual usage of Moringa,
as a source of oil and flocculent, is possible, since the
seed cake remaining after oil extraction retains the flocculating
Moringa is also an important food
source in many countries. In India, Moringa pods
are widely consumed and plantations exist to produce pods
for export, fresh and tinned, to overseas consumers. In West
Africa, Moringa oleifera leaves are commonly
used to make sauces. Moringa stenopetala leaves are
the staple food of the Konso people in Ethiopia. Studies have
shown the leaves to be an excellent source of vitamins, minerals
and protein: perhaps more than any other tropical vegetable.
Many programs use Moringa leaves to fight against malnutrition
and its associated diseases (blindness etc.).
Other potential applications of Moringa
including use as livestock feed, plant growth hormone, green
manure, medicines or for paper making are currently the subject
of various research efforts.