Noni- nature's medicine / by Ellen Cotten

Ripe noni fruit

Ripe noni fruit

Since moving to Kauai I have become noni obsessed! These little fruits are so abundant here on the island. Noni is called the ‘blue cheese fruit’ because it smells like one! Although the smell and taste can be slightly off putting, it is the powerful healing benefits of this fruit that has me obsessed!

Noni tree

Noni tree

The ripe noni fruit contains 165 beneficial compounds. This fruit has been used for centuries as natural medicine. You can consume the fruit whole or as a juice.

Noni can relieve ADD/ADHD, arthritis, asthma, burns, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic fatigue, diabetes, digestive issues, fibromyalgia, gout, infections, inflammation and pain.
Noni also lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, protects the liver, boosts immunity, relieves stress and anxiety and improves mood and overall sense of wellbeing.

With all of these many benefits (and these are only SOME) you can see why I love this fruit so much!

Unripe —-> Ripe Noni

Unripe —-> Ripe Noni

The photo above is some noni I foraged.
You can pick noni if they are still green. Just place them in a bowl, on a counter, out of direct sunlight, at room temperature for a couple days until they ripen.
Noni become a light, almost translucent color when they are ripe (see noni on the far right of the photo above.) A strong, stinky smell is another indicator of when noni is ready to be consumed.

4oz shot of fermented noni juice

4oz shot of fermented noni juice

You can consume ripe noni whole as a fruit or fermented as a juice.
I either take it as a shot or just eat the fruit whole. The fruit does have a strong, strange flavor so if you have a sensitive palate I recommend getting a chaser.

You can easily ferment your own noni at home.
Just fill a large mason jar with ripe noni. Cover with a cheese cloth and let sit out for about a month. The fruit will naturally ferment and start excreting this red colored juice.
Once your jar fills up with juice you can strain, store and enjoy as a juice or shot!

If there isn’t noni in your area you can try a local health food store to see if they sell bottled noni juice. If not, online you can order noni juice as well.