Moringa Oleifera

Moringa Oleifera

Moringa trees in Hawai‘i produce about 3 g of ker­nel per dry pod. Oil yield per hectare per year may be esti­mated based on the numbers above. Assuming a 20% oil yield by weight from kernels and a 0.90 specific gravity for the oil, trees might be expected to produce 200 gallons of oil per hectare.

Moringa trees in India produce 3 tons seed/hectare and have a 30-40% oil content in seeds that yield 264-350 gallons/hectare. Processed seeds yield defatted meal containing 61% protein and then sold as animal feed. a bit less than what is currently reported as potential Jatropha Curcas yields.

Leaf fresh weight yield is (1–5 kg per tree/year). This is the equivalent of 10,000–50,000 kg/hectare per year at 1 m × 1 m (3.3 ft × 3.3 ft) spacing. Com¬mercial leaf yield of Moringa during November–March reportedly declines to 50% of summer yields on the west coast of O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. This reduction in productivity is thought to be a function of less sunlight during the winter months.

At 10 cm × 10 cm (4 in × 4 in) spacing, leaf yields are (7–8 kg/m2) at the first cutting in well irrigated, drained and fertilized beds, with up to seven harvests a year.

Pod yields in India are reported at 19 kg pods/tree/year. This is the equivalent of 31,000 kg/hectares per year at 2.5 m × 2.5 m (8.2 ft × 8.2 ft) spacing. At 230 pods per tree, pods average 80–90 g each. Pods are sold as fresh vegetables or used to produce Moringa Oil (used for skin products or biodiesel).

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