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Moringa tree is mainly grown in semi-arid, tropical and sub-tropical areas. Whilethe best type of soil for this tree is dry and sandy, it can also tolerate poor soil such as that found in coastal areasThe tree is native to the Himalayan foothills in Northwestern lndia. Moringa is widely cultivated in areas such as Africa, Central and South America, Sri Lanka, India, Mexico, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It is believed to be one of the most useful trees in the world. its leaves are highly nutritious, being a significant source of beta-carotene, Vitamin C, protein, iron and potassium. The leaves are cooked and used as spinach. The tree has a medium height, extending to 15-20 feet. The fruits are 6-8 inch long, brown in color and have six visible veins. The leaves are 1-2 feet long and leaflets are in pairs of 6 to 9, with a width of ‘A inches. The seeds of Moringa oleifera are triangular in shape and astringent in taste. The usage of drumstick powder is mainly used in curries, kormas, and dal. Apart from that it also makes good savory cutlets. It imparts that special flavourto sambars and is used as athickening agent. lt gives a distinct palatable taste and is a rich source of glutamic acid and it is highly useful in joint pains. Dehydrated drumstick powder is an integral part of Indian cuisine and is extensively used in many food and curry preparations. It is a mass consumption item used round the year. Apart from individual households, it is used in large quantities in restaurants, dhabas. road-side eateries, hotels and canteens and many such places. Butthe conventional method of eating the fresh pod is not easily available instantly. Hence dehydrated drumstick powder has become acceptable. Drumstickis one ofthe world's mostusefultrees with potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable land care. From leaves and root to pods and seeds, all parts of the drumsticktree are highly edible. The drumstick is valued mainly for its tender pods, which are relished as vegetable but all its parts bark, root, fruit, flowers, leaves, seeds and even gum are of medicinal value. They are used in the treatment of ascites, rheumatism and venomous bites as antiseptic and as cardiac and circulatory stimulants. India is the largest producer of drumstick with an annual production of 1.1 to 1.3 million tonnes grown over 38,000 hectares. Andhra Pradesh leads with 15,665 hectares under murungai cultivation, compared to 7.408 hectares in Tamil Nadu. Drumstick in powder form is easily soluble, is in compact form and very convenient to transport. With increasing health awareness and improved standards of living, drumstick powder has good market potential. New entrepreneurs should venture into this field.
Properties and benefits of Moringa Leaves
Moringa is a plant that has been praised for its health benefits forthousands of years. lt is very rich in healthy antioxidants and bloactive plant compounds. The leaves are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals. it is avaluabletreasure of Protein, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, lron, Riboflavin (B2), Vitamin A and also Magnesium. Compared to leaves, the pods are generally lower in Vitamins and Minerals. Moringa leaf powder can increase blood antioxidant levels. Moringa leaves contains antioxidants that are essential for human body to fight free radicals, harmful substance that could cause the development of cancerous cells and other health conditions.lt is proven scientifically that moringa leaves extract is quite potent to treat some conditions caused by inflammation and one of them is edema. Moringa leaves extract contains chemomodulatory effects that could cure some types of cancers including ovarian cancerand hepatic carcinogenesis by notonly inhibitingthe development ofcancerous cells but kill the cells completely. Moringa leaves contain some compounds which has effect similar to some drugs that widely usedto treat Alzheimer. It is because moringa leaves extract has positive effect to some brain's component such as serotonin and dopamine to protect brain from some neurodegenerative diseases.
Steps of Dehydration
Fresh green Moringa leaves are collected from the fields. It is the then washed several times in order to get rid of dirt and insects. Laterthe leaves are drained and separated from the stem. These leaves are dried in achamberforﬁto 10 hours. ln Mediator1 T2:5, which have atwo way airflow system, the leaves are dried in a chamber, within a small period of time. Even though it is an easy method, dehydration using Rotator1 T215 is frequently used nowadays. In this method, we need not to spend much time separating the delicate leaves from the stem. instead, the whole leaf including the stem is inputted into a rotating chamber. The rotating chamber is in a permanent motion. The leaves automatically get withered when it is dried by the hot air. The peculiarity of this method of dehydration is that, there is no loss of natural colour ofthe leaves which can be finely powdered afterthis drying process. The capacity of Mediator1 T215 and Rotator1 T2:5 varies from 100kg input capacity to a range of 2000kg per batch.