Cultivar effect on Moringa oleifera glucosinolate content and taste: a pilot study

Ecol Food Nutr. 2009 May-Jun;48(3):199-211. doi: 10.1080/03670240902794630.


Leaves of the tropical tree Moringa oleifera are widely promoted in areas of chronic malnutrition as nutritional supplements for weaning infants and nursing mothers. Adoption, in these circumstances may hinge upon taste, which can vary greatly amongst cultivars. It is widely assumed that this taste variation is primarily germplasm-dependent, and results from the breakdown of glucosinolates to isothiocyanates. Leaves of 30 accessions, grown at a single field plot, were sampled 3 times over the course of a year. Taste, assessed in a masked protocol, was not related to glucosinolate content of the leaves.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Dietary Supplements
  • Glucosinolates / analysis*
  • Glucosinolates / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Isothiocyanates / metabolism
  • Moringa oleifera / chemistry*
  • Moringa oleifera / classification
  • Pilot Projects
  • Plant Extracts / chemistry*
  • Plant Leaves* / metabolism
  • Species Specificity
  • Taste*


  • Glucosinolates
  • Isothiocyanates
  • Plant Extracts