Our high germination rate seeds are from Africa. When planted, we normally see them poke through the ground in a week or two, depending on temperatures and conditions. We also love eating these seeds.
The seeds are crushed and added to their food for added nutrition. The outer fibrous covers are removed from the seeds (much like you would do with sunflower seeds) and the inner kernals are pounded into powder. Some of the ways they eat the seeds include adding 2 teaspoons of the seed powder to a porridge that they make from rice, corn, beans and cassava. (which equals approximately ½ tsp seed powder per person). They add the powder to the food while hot, right before serving. They also add the seeds powder to hot tea, banana juice and mango juice.
In addition, 3 months before rainy season, they consume the seeds in order to prevent them from getting malaria. They eat up to 7 seeds in the morning after eating something first, as one can get a stomach ache if the seeds are eaten on an empty stomach. They remove the outer covering, then chew on the seed kernals, and then drink 16 oz of water. They do this for 7 days straight. One farmer reports, “And whoever did that the person would not get malaria sickness for the whole rainy season or even 1 year sometimes. I myself do it every year with my family and i see its benefits. Eating the 7 seeds would not stop mosquitoes from biting you, but no matter they bite you cannot get malaria.” They also eat the seeds throughout the entire rainy season, and some people eat one seed kernel per day in this way throughout the year for good health.
People eat the seeds for many different health purposes, such as poor vision, low sperm count, insomnia, for quicker weight-loss and quicker headache relief. Some people peel off the outer layer and eat 2 or 3 seeds a day. They say it helps their diabetic condition. They never eat the seeds on an empty stomach. And eating too many seeds can cause a laxative effect, so if one chooses to eat moringa seeds for long term health reasons, it is recommended not to exceed 3 or 4 seeds per day.
Moringa seeds are very high in oleic acid, which is linked to reduced incidence of cardiovascular disease through its ability to lower cholesterol levels and reduce atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). It also helps to regulate blood glucose levels, so the seeds are said to be great for diabetics. The seeds also contain omega 3 and omega 6 EFA’s, and are a rich source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and iron. The seeds are also shown to have an antibacterial effect.
People have told me that eating moringa seeds gives them energy and helps to curb their appetite. I also notice a calm alertness and sense of wellbeing from eating the seeds. Combined with Moringa leaves, these two are a treasure trove of nutrients, possibly the closest thing to a multivitamin in a single whole food source.
One note on eating Moringa Oleifera seeds – unless you harvest your own, do not eat any without first finding out where they are from to ensure they have not been grown with chemicals or have been sprayed. Ours seeds from Africa are all-natural and have not been sprayed or treated with any chemicals.
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