Moringa, an Emerging Crop for California

In 2016, UC Cooperative Extension Fresno & Tulare Counties and UC Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP) received a CDFA Specialty Crop Block grant to partner with small-scale Central Valley farmers to identify best practices for drying moringa leaves and producing dried leaf powder as a value-added product. Moringa (Moringa oleifera) is a fast-growing, drought-tolerant tree known for its high nutritional content. Drying moringa extends the life of the saleable product and gives farmers entry to additional market channels. Moringa leaves, both fresh and dried, have a wide range of culinary uses and can be easily incor­porated into a wide smoothies, soups, salads, stir-fries or sauces as a nutritious garnish or seasoning.


For more information on the moringa project, including recipes, visit