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The humble moringa oleifera, which has traditionally been a part of our diet, especially in South India, is now being hailed internationally as a superfood. Moringa is loaded with Vitamins A, B, C and E and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, is low in fats and is among the few vegetables which contain all eight amino acids. All parts of the moringa tree are nutritious, with the most being packed into the leaves. Add drumsticks in your sambar or curry, and use the leaves for your dal – whichever way, here is a native vegetable that is a powerhouse of nutrition.

Eight Indian superfoods you must include in your diet

Superfood is the buzz word these days, and those with the money to spare are ready to splurge on imported kale, avocados, blueberries, and quinoa, to add the health quotient on to their diets. However, not many would stop to consider the air miles the food would have travelled to reach the supermarkets or the amount of pesticide that it would have been sprayed with so that it remains fresh for so long.

While there is no definite meaning, a superfood is one that is considered to be full of vital vitamins and other nutrients which are health boosting. However, rather than spending an exorbitant amount on exotic international fruits, vegetables and produce, which may also not be environment-friendly, or fresh, why not look in your local grocery shop for Indian alternatives, instead.

Here are eight Indian fruits, vegetables and other produce, which can give any international superfood a run for their money.