I discovered a whole new vegetable last week – the drumstick. I was shown a Moringa tree on a farm just across the state border into Tamil Nadu. The first photograph shows the Moringa flowers, and the second one shows the drumstick-shaped seed pod hanging from the branches.
Back home in Karnataka, I bought some drumsticks in the supermarket, took a photograph of the pods beside a pencil to show you just how big they are, then handed over the vegetables to my driver, whose wife made them into a stew (sambar).
The sambar tasted great, but I wasn’t totally convinced by the cooked drumstick. Like celery with large crunchy seeds inside? Hard to describe. I’ve read great things about the Moringa tree – how well it grows in dry conditions, how nutritious the leaves are – but I don’t think I will be buying too many more drumsticks.