Noni fruit is one of the healthiest fruits in the world that you can consume. I am quite honestly obsessed with it. I haven’t met anyone that like to eat it completely raw, but I love it. Noni is the most interesting fruit to me because it’s the only one i’ve ever found that first grows fruit, and then grows flowers from it. It’s been proven as a preventative treatment for cancer. Noni fruit is so good for you, that it’s worth making the effort to put it in your body every day.
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About Noni & Why it’s Good for You
Noni is a sacred fruit that can be consumed for health, or used in a variety of ways as a medicinal treatment. I have seen sacred medicinal noni given into people’s eyes and ears by trained healers. This article will focus on the ways to consume noni.
Climate: Noni is an evergreen plant that is pervasive in Southeast Asia, Australia, and the Polynesian islands.
Noni’s proper name is Morinda Citrifolia, and it loves the sun. This tree thrives in hot, tropical climates. I find it very easily here in Hawai’i. You can pick it while it’s fresh and ripe, or green and wait for it to ripen off the tree.
Color: Noni is completely white with squishy white flesh, and black seeds inside. When it’s not ripe, noni fruit is hard and green.
Taste: It tastes like spicy ginger to me. It sometimes leaves a very slight numbing feeling on my lips and mouth. The kind that makes me think “yeah it’s all the amazing nutrients inside working.” Not going to lie, though, noni fruit has been called the ‘starvation’ or ‘vomit’ fruit, due to it’s very strong stench when it’s ripe. You’ll read more about that in a moment. Other names for Noni are Indian mulberry, cheese fruit, mora de la India, hog apple, and wild pine.
Medicinal Benefits of Noni Fruit:
It has been used in traditional medicine for wound healing, infections, skin conditions, diarrhea, and as a tonic.
Vitamins in Noni: Hawaiian Organic Noni explains, “noni fruit gives vital micronutrients to the body. It boosts the immune system, and helps to maintain blood sugar and blood pressure levels already in the normal range. Noni is also high in vitamin C, helps the body produce GABA to regulate mood swings, and contains scopoletin a natural pain reliever.”
*Warning: I have read that pregnant women shouldn’t eat noni, so linked here is an article about using noni safely while pregnant.
Noni Prevents and Treats Cancer:
The Cancer Network, along with many other empirically published studies, have shown that noni prevents and treats cancer! This is incredible!
The Cancer Network explains, “Noni products have gained worldwide popularity over the past 2 decades and are aggressively marketed for immunostimulation and for treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome and cancer. Preliminary data from in vitro and animal studies suggest immunomodulatory, antioxidant, and antitumor properties. However, hepatotoxicity and hyperkalemia have also been reported with noni use. -Barrie Cassileth, PhD
Noni is amazing for your health. Just remember, everything in moderation. Don’t go eating extreme or abnormally large quantity of it multiple times per day.
To read the full article from the Cancer Network, click here.
To read articles i’ve written about other fruits that also prevent and treat cancer, click here.
Why it’s Not Appealing to Some:
Noni has a very strong smell when it’s ripe, resembling stinky feet. Or rotten cheese. Something like that. Many people can’t stand it, but it tastes different than it smells. Some are more sensitive to it than others. Try and push yourself to taste it.
How to Use Noni:
I eat noni fruit raw because it’s antifungal, antitumor, and immunomodulatory. You can also use the leaves to make a tea, and ferment the fruit into the oh-so-popular noni juice.
Eating Noni Fruit:
It’s very simple, find a ripe fruit on a tree. You’ll know it’s ripe because it’s not too stinky yet, but it’s not firm. The ripe noni fruit will be soft to the touch on the flesh. Simply eat the flesh and spit out the seeds. I replant my noni seeds to make more trees.
Using Noni Leaves for Tea:
The leaves of the noni tree are equally as medicinal as the fruit. They taste super mild, and are great when lightly boiled with a dash of honey. The leaves are bright and deep green, and somewhat almost shiny by nature. I rinse them well and then bring them to a boil.
Fermenting the Fruit to make Noni Juice:
Noni is extremely popular for its juice, and rightfully so. The juice can be taken as just a few tablespoons per day, to increase health. Noni juice boosts your immune system and helps your body function. Here is the process I use to make noni juice:
- Collect clean, ripe noni fruit and clean it.
- Pat the fruit dry and leave it in the sun to kill as many pathogens as possible.
- Have cleaned, sterilized jars ready after also being in the sun for a few hours.
- Put the clean noni in the jars, seal them, and put them in direct sunlight.
- Be patient, and let your noni ferment for a few months.
- When it looks like a beautiful, reddish color, strain the juice from the fruit.
- Store in a cool, dry place or in your fridge.
Unopened Noni juice has an almost indefinite shelf life of up to 1 year or more. It should be kept cold, and definitely tastes best chilled. It will last at least 6 months in your refrigerator. Noni juice is a fermented product, and it will continue to age slowly.
If you are not able to find noni where you live, you can buy organic Hawaiian noni products here. They carry fruit leathers, juice, starter kits, topical products, and even noni honey.
Noni is an incredible and powerful fruit, with the ability to boost your health and wellbeing. I hope you get the chance (and are brave enough) to try it, despite the smell!
As always, I hope this was interesting and beneficial to you. Let me know if you’ve tried noni in the comments!
All my love,