Some neighbors gave us mature moringa pods today. A lot of the pods measured about 12 to 15 inches long, and when we started opening them, there they were: the treasured, black seeds of the Moringa Oleifera plant!
Here are some of the malunggay seeds we've gathered. We have chosen the good moringa seeds for planting and discarded the bad ones.
There are several varieties of moringa, but the moringa oleifera variety grows well in the Philippines' tropical climate.
Good moringa seeds have what I call "wings" and have a black to dark brown color. The ones at the bottom are the bad ones and should not be planted. They are either yellowish in color, have holes, or are broken.
Moringa seeds are harvested from mature moringa pods.
We were like kids opening their gifts on Christmas day, as each moringa pod revealed good moringa seeds.
I think this was the longest moringa pod we've opened today.
Good moringa seeds are ready for seed germination!
These are the not so good ones. We're still keeping these moringa seeds for planting next time. Who knows some of them might still germinate and turn into good moringa plants?