Shevga / शेवगा / Drumstick / Moringa oleifera Lam.

  • Local Name: Shevga / शेवगा
  • Common Name: Drumstick
  • Botanical Name: Moringa oleifera Lam.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Tree

  • Occurrence: Home gardens, small-scale farms, and large plantations.

  • Season of Availability: Year-round

  • Geography: Indian subcontinent

  • Method of Propagation: Seed and Vegetative propagation

  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds and Cuttings

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Flowers, Fruits & Leaves

  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes

  • Ripe: Yes

  • Both Raw & Ripe: Yes

  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A

  • As Food: Seeds can be eaten; fruits are known as "drumsticks" and are eaten; leaves are edible cooked or raw.

  • As Medicine: Applied externally to treat fever; paste is made and applied to skin disease and swelling. Bark decoction is used to treat worm infections

  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: Yes

  • Boiling Before Cooking: Yes, Fruits

  • Pickling: N/A

  • Brining: N/A

  • Fermenting: N/A

  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A

  • Overall Method: Drumsticks can be made into sabji or soup; leaves can be used as a garnish.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Good source of protein and vitamin B6.

  • Medicinal Benefit: N/A

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Applied externally to treat fever; paste is made and applied to skin disease and swelling.

Recipes / Usage

  • Tribal Recipe / Usage: Drumstick bhaji:
    Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Add onions and sauté. Add chopped tomatoes and sauté until tender. Stir in turmeric powder and green chili. Add water and chopped drumstick pieces, season with salt, and cook covered on low heat for 15 minutes until drumsticks are tender. Sprinkle grated coconut and mix.