Wednesday July 25, 2018
Steve Frailey here. During our free noni farm tour, we discuss the principles of sustainable farming, why Noni Fruit Leather is superior to noni juice, and other Hawaiian plant life. For those who can’t visit Hawaii in person, we wanted to take the opportunity and bring Hawaii to you! Below is a brief overview of the many flower varieties that grow here in Hawaii. To read about tropical fruits of the Hawaiian Islands click here!
With blooms ranging 4-6 inches in diameter, the Hibiscus is often associated with native Hawaiian plant life.
The hibiscus is unique because most tropical flowers grown in Hawaii are not native
whereas the islands host 7 types of Hibiscus that are considered native.
Did you know? Hawaii State Flower is the Yellow Hibiscus.
Plumeria are very fragrant. A local favorite, plumeria bloom frequently
from spring to fall, plumeria come in an array of colors such as
white, yellow, and pink.
Did you know? Plumeria are famously know as the "lei flower".
Awapuhi is a variety of Ginger. This type of ginger is used as the main ingredient in many Hawaiian dishes,
soaps, lotions, and shampoos. To some, the awapuhi is a nuisance because once this hardy plant is rooted,
it is difficult to remove.
Did you know? Awapuhi blossom have no smell unless they are crushed to release their fragrance.
Heliconia produce stunning blooms in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.
Because of their natural variety, it can be a difficult task to determine if two heliconia are
of the same plant species.
Did you know? As if variety isn't enough, heliconia like to bloom in the shade of their own leaves
making harvesting the blooms even more challenging.
Originating in South Africa, protea are one of the oldest flowers in the world.
Dating back 100 million years, these hearty blooms were first propagated in Hawaii during the mid 1970’s.
Similar to heliconia blossoms, protea blooms are very diverse making it difficult to determine
one species from another.
Did you know? Macadamia nuts are a type of protea.
Noni flowers have both male and female components.
This is rare as many fruit bearing trees require a male and female tree to produce fruit.
Did you know? Noni trees (also know as a canoe plant) are very unique in the plant kingdom, as they
make a fruit first at the terminal bud of every limb. Once the fruit is formed,
50-75 flowers emerge from the fruit.
Being a farmer for over 40 years, this interested my curiosity. I was astounded the day I finally realized what Noni trees were doing and I'm excited to share my findings with you! It's believed noni fruit acquires its beneficial properties from external sources through the blossoms. Ethnobotanist attributed bees to contributing the 165 beneficial compounds in the pulp of Noni through the blooms produced from the fruit.
Knowing this fact, we have 45 beehives on our farm – not for pollination to make fruit but for the bees to help put compounds into the fruit. The honey from our hives is outstanding, which we share with folks on our Farm Tours. Come visit us and taste the goodness of noni!
Noni trees and their fruit are a real blessing to work with and then share the healing qualities with folks worldwide. But remember – the potency is in the raw pulp not the juice. Scientifically, when you go from a raw apple to apple juice, you lose 50% of the value of the apple by throwing away the pulp where all the good compounds are found.The same is true for Noni which is why we make our Noni Fruit Leather, which is pure raw, unfermented Noni pulp as a raw food for maximum potency. The potency is in the pulp!! All of our lotions are made from our Noni Fruit Leather, which I believe is why the lotions work so well. If you click on the “Media” icon at the top toolbar on our website, you will find articles and blogs about Noni as a raw food and it’s many benefits.
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