Moringaga Founder Mary Chin Featured In SA Weekend Magazine as Local Food Hero

Mary Chin of Moringaga

Mary Chin never expected to pioneer the introduction of the latest superfood to hit Australia.

A trip to Malaysia to see her parents led her to a chance discovery of a nutrient-packed green powder called moringa - now she sells it here online and as a powder or in healthy treats at cafes such as Nutrition Republic.

Mary's mother, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, let on that she'd been taking moringa, and that it was working well to control joint inflammation. Mary looked into the properties of moringa and was impressed.

"I was really surprised that we didn't know anything about it here," says Mary, above. "It's good for muscle recovery, promotes healthy glowing skin and good eyesight, and builds your immune system, which is especially good around the flu season."

No one was importing moringa, so Mary took the bold step of starting Moringaga, a company that sources moringa oleifera leaves from farmers in southern India, and processes them into a high-grade powder here.

"When I was doing market research I realised the most worrisome thing is that people may add fillers to the powder, she says. "So I imported the dried leaves from India and got it processed into powder. That way, I know it is going to be 100 per cent pure."

Mary, who launched Moringaga last month, starts most days with a moringa tea. "I really liked how it gives me a lot of energy without the caffeine, says the Malaysian-born Adelaidean, who will line up in the New York Marathon in November. "It gives you a long, smooth energy release, so it's better than caffeine."

Moringa's earthy taste combines hints of spinach and spice, and works well in food and drink recipes.

20g $5.95 and 70g $14.95 online at moringaga.com or from Nutrition Republic, Raw & More, Melon & Rye and Kicharee Kitch’n. Moringa is also in foods and drink on the menu at Nutrition Republic, Melon & Rye, Mocca Artisan Coffeehouse, Happy Herbs and Bambi & Co.

- Gordon Knight

September 29, 2017