What does Moringa Taste Like?
Great question! I’m so glad you asked. And to give you the best possible answer to the question “what does Moringa taste like?” I am going to provide a range of opinions from 11 different people!
After all, we all know that describing a taste, can be pretty subjective.
As we go over the answers from these 11 individuals, I’ll be chiming in with my thoughts. At the end, I’ll also give some reasons for why I believe there is such a variety of opinion. After you read this post, you should have a pretty good idea of what to expect Moringa to taste like.
Ok, let’s start with the taste of Moringa powder first as it’s the most common way people consume Moringa in the USA.
What does Moringa Powder Taste Like?
- Starting us off, let’s read what Claudi NcNeilly at Vogue wrote:
The powder smells like a mild, peppery version of green tea and adds a healthful burst of green to everything it touches. It tastes like matcha that has been spiked with notes of spirulina-like blue-green algae. When added to water, the light powder dissolves easily, providing a distinctly “green” flavor that is bitter and slightly sweet. (https://www.vogue.com/article/moringa-new-superfood-to-know)
Ok, I have a big confession to make. I haven’t had spirulina or matcha. I use Moringa every day, and that works for me. That said I hope this description is helpful for all of you that have had matcha and spirulina. Easily dissolves in water? Slightly sweet? Hmm, your mileage may vary on those descriptions, but more on that later.
2. Allison Young over at MindBodyGreen gave the following description:
Made from dried and ground leaves, the powder has a mild flavor with a slightly earthy taste (https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-22401/10-powerful-benefits-of-drinking-moringa-every-day.html)
Now, again, the taste is subjective, so it’s hard to be dogmatic here, but I’ll make the following suggestions:
When words like a “mild flavor” are used to describes Moringa powder, I feel that may be descriptive of a powder that is more brown than green.
It may be from Moringa leaves that have been poorly processed. For example, perhaps the Moringa leaves were exposed to the light or air (oxygen) for much too long in the drying process.
3. The good folks over at Aduna had this to say about Moringa powder:
Moringa Powder has a green, spinachy flavour which is often compared to the taste of matcha. Unlike other green superfoods like spirulina and chlorella, moringa isn’t an algae so it doesn’t have a strong, overpowering flavour and is easy to incorporate into your daily diet. (https://aduna.com/pages/aduna-moringa-frequently-asked-questions)
So, I am probably going to have to go out and buy some matcha and spirulina really soon. With two people comparing the taste of Moringa to these other green superfoods, I have no excuses. Plus, I think Moringa powder can taste borderline overpowering, so I’m interested in comparing it to spirulina which apparently makes it seem mild in comparison.
4. Evangeline Ruphael over at KuliKuli was positive when she said:
The slightly bitter taste of moringa is the work of the glucosinolates (https://blog.kulikulifoods.com/2018/12/10/what-gives-moringa-its-bitter-taste/)
I would describe the Moringa powder more directly and just call it bitter with a biting, slightly burning taste. That’s just me, though.
5. If Evangeline Ruphael was positive, Gavin Van De Walle over at Healthline is stretching it when he says:
It’s said to have a bitter and slightly sweet taste. (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/moringa-powder-for-weight-loss)
Bitter, I agree with, but describing the taste of Moringa powder as slightly sweet? Seems we’ve heard that description before.
This makes me think Vogue was subtly being referenced as the source for this information reposted by Healthline.
Spreading information about Moringa powder like this does seem rather misleading to me :(.
To make this even more confusing is the fact that this article alone states it is “evidence-based” meaning experts reviewed it :).
I’ll let you decide. And to double-check my sense of taste – does anyone else think Moringa powder tastes slightly sweet?
6. Amy Height at ClassPass said:
Speaking of powder mixed in water The flavor is very light, herbal and a little earthy. It tasted like a relative of green tea. (https://classpass.com/blog/2017/10/03/drink-instead-coffee-alternative-beverage-taste-test/)
Fair enough. Again, though, I think she is walking softy around the taste instead of coming right out and hitting us with the truth.
7. And finally, to round things up our last description from YourSuperfoods.com
moringa has a nice, earthy taste that’s slightly spicy and sharp. It’s also bitter (https://yoursuper.com/pages/moringa-benefits)
Please share your best description of what Moringa powder tastes like below. And please only comment if you have actually tried Moringa powder 🙂
What Do Fresh Moringa Leaves Taste Like?
- Ok, so in my opinion, fresh Moringa leaves are much easier to add to your diet than the plain Moringa powder is. But, to counter that opinion here is what David Watsky of ChowHound had to say:
The leaves of moringa oleifera have an earthy spiciness and have been compared to horseradish (hence its nickname, the “horseradish tree”) or arugula. When consumed on their own, raw or cooked, the leaves are not widely known for their great taste, but as a fine powder, it is much easier to incorporate the moringa plant into tasty recipes. (https://www.chowhound.com/food-news/222709/what-is-moringa/)
So, I like his description of how fresh Moringa leaves taste a lot. I would argue though, that Moringa leaves are easy to add to a sandwich, or salad or nearly anything I’m eating. I find the leaves blend in with other foods very well compared to the powder.
2. Specialty produce had an excellent overview of the taste of Moringa leaves:
Moringa leaves offer a slightly bitter flavor with grass-like undertones and can often have a horseradish-like heat. During the cooking process, they release a distinct grassy aroma. (https://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Moringa_Leaves_10123.php)
3. Another description of how fresh Moringa leaves taste came from Moringa The Miracle Cure. They said:
Raw Moringa leaves have a slight “bite”, reminiscent of watercress or radish. When cooked, the “bite” goes away, and Moringa tastes like “pecany” spinach. (http://moringathemiraclecure.weebly.com/moringa-faq.html)
4. Finally, Amy Quinton from UC Davis writing for the Washington Post noted:
Leaves, when tossed on salads or on meat, taste a bit peppery like arugula. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/brand-studio/wp/2018/10/09/feature/moringa-the-next-superfood/)
Absolutely, I never get over the bite Moringa leaves have.
After reading the four above descriptions of how Moringa leaves taste I was honestly surprised at how closely aligned they are to each other.
So why the variation in descriptions of taste of Moringa powder?
It seems to me that there is much more of a consensus on how fresh Moringa leaves taste vs. how Moringa powder tastes.
I think there are two main reasons for that.
1. Moringa powder has a greater variety of taste due to a variety of processing techniques and quality. There are a lot of low-quality Moringa powders for sale. For example, describing Moringa as mild-tasting powder may be indicative of a powder that has been over-processed and is also not nearly as potent or nutritious.
2. People may want to soften the description of how Moringa powder tastes to encourage more people to buy Moringa powder.
Wrapping it all up
At a Healthy Leaf, our Moringa powder is potent and fresh.
Take a deep breath in, and your nostrils will burn a little. You might imagine you are smelling a freshly cut grass field that was particularly “green” smelling.
The flavor is earthy, bold, bitter, and biting with a just a little burning aftertaste 🙂
Ok, take it all with a grain of salt, but our Moringa powder isn’t mild or slightly sweet to the taste at all!
I’m mean, here is the reality. Moringa is arguably the most nutrient-dense food ever discovered and, guess what, it tastes like it!
If your Moringa powder doesn’t taste like it could be the worlds most nutrient-dense food ask yourself the question “why not?”.
And after all those descriptions, let’s be honest, the only way to know for sure what something tastes like is to try it yourself!
Please comment below about the taste of Moringa. I would love to hear from you.