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 food for added nutrition. The outer fibrous covers are removed from the seeds (much like you would do with sunflower seeds) and the inner kernels are pounded into powder. Some of the ways the seeds are eaten include adding two teaspoons of the seed powder to a porridge that is made from rice, corn, beans and cassava. (This equals approximately half teaspoon seed powder per person). The powder is added to the food while hot, prior to serving. The seed powder is also added to hot tea, banana juice and mango juice.
In addition, three months before rainy season, the seeds are consumed to prevent malaria. As many as seven seeds are eaten in the morning after a meal. Individuals may get a stomachache if the seeds are eaten on an empty stomach. The outer covering of the seed is removed and the seed kernel is eaten. It is followed by drinking sixteen ounces of water. This is done for seven days in a row.
One farmer reports, “And whoever did that, the person would not get malaria sickness for the whole rainy season or even one year sometimes. I myself do it every year with my family and i see its benefits. Eating the seven seeds would not stop mosquitoes from biting you, but no matter they bite you cannot get malaria.”
The seeds are also eaten 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 believing that the seeds improve vision, help with insomnia, contributes to faster weight loss and provides relief from headaches. Some people peel off the outer layer and eat 2 or 3 seeds a day. They believe that it helps their diabetic condition.
The seeds are not to be eaten on an empty stomach. Eating too many seeds can cause a laxative effect. If one chooses to eat Moringa seeds for long term, it is recommended not to exceed 3 or 4 seeds per day.
It is believed that 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 is claimed that the seeds may help regulate blood glucose levels which may be helpful for diabetics. The seeds are also considered a good source of omega 3 and omega 6 EFA’s. They may also be a rich source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and iron. Some studies have claimed the seeds have an antibacterial effect.
People have told me that eating Moringa seeds gives them energy and helps curb their appetite. I 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.
Note: We are not recommending to anyone that they eat Moringa Oleifera seeds. We enjoy harvesting and eating them. We would recommend that unless you harvest your own, do not eat any without first finding out how they are grown to ensure they have not been grown or sprayed with chemicals or pesticides.
Our seeds from Africa are all natural and have not been sprayed or treated with any chemicals.