Not-so-Distant Drumsticks

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.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the “follow”. I am enjoying looking at your photos, especially all of the green in today’s post. We had more snow here in Minnesota. No green in sight, just white!

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      I hope you get some springtime green soon, but I love looking at your snowy wintry photos!

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  2. adspark says:

    Very interesting! I never tried it.

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  3. siva says:

    Moringa has great benefits. Leaves have high calcium . Its a big industry in the herbal medicinal market. Thailand produces a lot of dried products. The leaves make good curry and is also added in dhal.

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      I didn’t know that. I will buy moringa again. Thank you!

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