Malunggay or Horse radish (Moringa oelifera) was once considered a “poor man’s vegetable” but now it is known as a “miracle tree” or “nature’s medicine cabinet” by scientists and health care workers from around the world because itis loaded with vitamins and minerals that can be an effective remedy against many kinds of ailments such as arthritis, anemia, ovarian cancer, heartcomplications, kidney problems, asthma and digestive disorders. This plant thrives in tropical countries, mainly in Southeast Asia, Central and SouthAmerica and Africa.
It is indeed widely cultivated. It grows up to ten (10) meters tall and its leaflets are ovate to elliptic.
Malunggay and Spinach are kind of vegetables that are rich with vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are needed for optimum health. The purposeful cahoots will serve as a supplement–Malunggay, touted as “all- around miracle tree” or nature’s “medicine cabinet” contains a wide variety of nutrients in high amounts and Spinach, known as “Powerhouse of Nutrients” fill in essential Potassium, Phosphorus and Niacin that Malunggay does not have.
This potent combination in powder form add nutrition to ourdeficient diet due to modern farming methods, nutrient-deficient soils, high levels ofpollution that places more stress, and busy lifestyles that make it hard to prepare healthy balanced diet. It acts as an inexpensive insurance against nutritional deficiencies.
This study will promote awareness on the relevance of serving of vegetable meals, soup, bread, dessert, shakes, juices and mixes with Malunggay and Spinach powder. It encourages households to plant Malunggay and Spinach in backyards for personalconsumption.
Furthermore, it supports the Department of Agriculture on their program of propagating vegetable garden e.g. Malunggay and Spinach as a “revenue-generating industry” under its biotechnology program where it currently enjoys wide array ofMalunggay, Spinach and other vegetable based products manufactured in the Philippines and being sold in local and international markets. Finally, it inspires people to study and search for benefits on vegetables and other agricultural produce.
The study focuses on the specifications of how to procure the major quality ingredients, the Malunggay and Spinach leaves and conscientiously observed the proper storage andmaintanance of suitable room temperature. It took two (2) months and a half to get the finalresult of the research work using the method of experimentation. As Malunggay wasreadily cultivated in the backyard on the contrary, Spinach was a hard find. It started froma given tiny seedling from mountainous Busay and was replanted.
The Spinach was tediously tended since it was never been spared from the affectation of long drought has brought by, “El Niño” phenomenon and propagated until such time ready for harvest. The study had undergone three (3) repeated experimentations to come up with reliable and factual results. Firstly, the outcome of the Malunggay and Spinach leaves harvested at noontime when the sun is intense. Secondly, the two (2) primary ingredients were hanged outside with moderate exposure to sunlight. And lastly, the recommended procedure was followed closely to yield the desired result.
Moreover, the study has its pitfalls as the targeted yield of the Malunggay and Spinach Powder was 200 grams but the finished product yielded only 60 grams with an approximate proportion: 30 grams of Malunggay and 30 grams of Spinach leaves respectively due to limited produce of Spinach leaves.