Moringa trees growing in Xinchang

The pictures below the video aren’t very good, but they show some moringa trees growing in Xinchang, Taitung. I wasn’t aware of this tree until a couple months ago when I saw a guy picking seed pods from it and asked him what kind of tree it was. From the little research I’ve done, this tree seems to be an amazing food source. Moringa is known in Taiwan as la4 mu4 (辣木).

Moringa tree

Moringa tree


  1. Ernie says:

    Hi, I went home to the States in August and my sister-in-law introduced me to moringa.

    I was just wondering if I could find it here and sure enough I come to this website and wow! you have it!

    Now for me to find where I can pay a small paint for my apartment.

    Thanks for the information and video,
    Ernie in Tainan

    1. Dan says:

      Great to hear it! I also managed to transplant a number of them. They’re best transplanted when they’re between 40cm – 80cm tall. You should prune them when trasnsplanting, don’t let them dry out, and be patient. Sometimes, everything above ground may appear to die off, then sprouts will appear at ground level. When transplanting, be sure to keep the tap root in tact!

  2. Dan says:

    But, if you have seeds, use them! I had at least an 80% success rate with seeds. If you can get 10 seedlings going, you’ll have food within a few short months.

  3. Ernie says:

    Dan, I still have not found any place here in Tainan to get some seeds or a potted plant…Help!!!
    If I need to go to Taitung or Taipei to get some then so be it I shall.


  4. Dan says:

    Hi Ernie,
    Hmmmm, I’m back in Kaohsiung now, so I can’t be of much help unless I happen to see some here. I sometimes go to the local flower market here in Kaohsiung, so I’ll keep my eyes open, but I have yet to see any here.

    There are quite possible some still growing on the old house I rented in Taitung County (near Dulan), and there are probably still those in the pictures growing a bit north of there near Xinchang.

    Let me know if you head that way and I’ll describe where those places are.

  5. Ernie says:

    Dan, one of my students will take me to a plant nursery here in Tainan.
    We made a phone call and the guy says he has one plant and can get more.

    Am hoping for the best.


  6. Dan says:

    Wow, that’s great to know! If it’s not too much bother, try to get the name or location of the nursery for future reference. It’s good to know somebody is selling those on the west coast. My understanding is that Moringa was a bit of a fad quite a few years ago, which is why I imagine I saw a number of older trees on the east coast. You should get a tree going play Johnny Moringa Seed.

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