Market Manila – Malunggay / Horseradish Tree – General

10 04 2012

Malunggay / Horseradish Tree

by Marketman

I have vivid less than pleasant memories of malunggay or kamunggay from my childhood. Known as Horseradish Tree in English (Moringa oleifera), this tree is native to India but has spread to other tropical regions; in the Philippines, it grows rapidly and with ease in nearly every backyard when desired. The odd name stems from the fact that some Brits noticed the roots of this tree looked nearly identical to real horseradish and they used it on their beef as a substitute for the sharp original condiment the two are not related at all. Besides the roots, the long ribbed pods are edible and often used in Indian curries, though the skin is discarded and only the pulp is sucked out in what is apparently a rather messy endeavor. The leaves are also edible and apparently incredibly nutritious

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