Drumstick is one of the famous vegetable crops in India. Drumstick scientifically called as Moringa Oleifera is commonly known as Saijan (in Hindi), Shevaga (in Marathi) and Munagakaya (in Telugu) in different Indian languages. Drumstick is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Moringa comes from the Moringaceae family. Though the origin of Drumstick is India, due to its medical uses it has reached other countries also. Drumstick tree, Moringa is well known for its multi-purpose attributes, wide adaptability and ease of establishement. Its leaves, pods, and flowers are all packed with nutrients for both humans and animals. Almost every part of the plant is of food value. Foliage is eaten as green salads and used in vegetable curries. The seeds yeild 38-40% of a non-drying oil known as Ben Oil, used for lubricating watches. The oil is clear, sweet and odorless, never becomes rancid and hence, used in the manufacture of perfumes.
The greatness of drumstick is, it can survive in dought conditions with minimal water requirement. They can thrive in poor soils also. The hot and humid climate is suitable is suitable for growth and dry climate for flowering. The temperature of 25 to 30 drgree C is suitable for flowering in the drumstick.