Wednesday October 31, 2018
BEING PREPARED with NONI
On our Farm Tours, the first thing we discuss is the true traditional use of Noni for thousands of years in Polynesia and Hawaii. This beneficial fruit was eaten raw to promote overall good health and wellness. By trial and error, Polynesians and Hawaiians learned that by consuming the raw fruit every day they remained healthy.
Arriving at Kaakaaniu Plantation
On the northeast side of Kauai miles off the main highway you feel a burst of confidence in your local navigation skills as you spot owner Steve and his farm tour sign waving in the breeze.
Continuing down a remote beach access road you arrive at the farm entrance and are ushered through the gates by Dylan. Descending down the driveway into the heart of Kaakaaniu valley you pull into the coconut tree lined parking area where I am waiting to greet you.
Stepping from your vehicle take a moment to admire the lush tropical surroundings of the farm and you may even encounter one of the local roosters or white-rumped shama who call our farm home.
The beginning of the tour starts here, inside Hale Noni. In Hawaiian “Hale” means house, so House of Noni. After quenching your thirst with fresh well water or chilled noni tea (organic apple juice, noni fruit leather and cinnamon sticks) you are encouraged to make yourself comfortable and take seat. Dylan and I will mingle with the visitors while the rest of the tour guests arrive. If you have questions about what not to miss on your visit to Kauai or about the farm, noni etc…ask us, we just might share some inside tips!
Steve arrives with the last tour guests and kicks off your discovery of the Noni tree. Yes Noni is a tree, not a bush. It grows in the tropical region around the globe from sea level to a two thousand foot elevation. It will grow from almost no water to lush rainforests; it’s an extremely hardy tree. Noni fruit when mature is hard and white in color. In 2-3 days it ripens becoming translucent white and soft like a ripe tomato…..and now it has its distinctive blue cheese smell, hence the fruit’s nickname Cheesy Fruit or Stinky Fruit! Noni was brought to Hawaii as a canoe plant by the ancient Polynesians who for thousands of years have used the raw fruit as their natural remedy. They simply ate the fruit raw or rubbed the raw fruit on their skin. Steve talks through the farm’s factory and the unique drying process that only Hawaiian Organic Noni uses in order to maintain the maximum potency of the raw fruit.
Steve and my mother Richele have been organic farmers for over 40 years. Steve is full of great tips and shares with tour guests just how easy it is to mulch, make compost, grow worms and make compost teas. If you have not been using any of these techniques at home in your gardens you may now think twice about them, they really are just that easy!
A quick excerpt from Steve Frailey on noni fruit:
Is noni a miracle? No. Does noni promote overall good health? Absolutely- if you do not destroy the potency of the pulp in processing
Steve begins every medical lecture and farm tour with the above statement. The true traditional use for thousands of years by Polynesians and Hawaiians, was to eat the raw non-fermented pulp of Noni everyday as raw food to keep themselves healthy. The problem is Noni fruit has no shelf life. It rapidly rots and ferments to decompose. According to Dr. Brian Issell, M.D., who did cancer research at the University Of Hawaii with Noni, “If fermentation is allowed then a different chemical profile is almost certainly present. Also, liquid products that have grape or blueberry juice are chemically different.”
Did you know that there are 6 different varieties of Noni that have been identified worldwide in the tropics? In Hawaii, we only have the medicinal variety. Noni was introduced to Hawaii by the first Polynesians as one of the "Canoe Plants". When the early Polynesians migrated or left the Marquesas Islands looking for new islands to begin new cultures, they brought with them about 27 different plants that they found valuable for use in daily living. Noni was their main medicinal plant that was consumed everyday for its natural health promoting properties. Therefore, they brought their best medicinal variety of Noni in their long journey across the ocean to Hawaii.
On our farm tour, Steve loves pointing out one very unique characteristic about Noni. Most of you have observed how most plants or trees like apples, pears, oranges, tomatoes, cucumbers produce a flower and a bee comes, pollinates the flower and a fruit or vegetable is made. Noni trees produce a fruit first and the flowers come out of the fruit! This is very unique. Every spot on a mature white Noni fruit was a flower - each fruit has many, many flowers. So if the flowers are not needed to produce a fruit, why the flowers? Ethno-Botanists researching the subject, feel that 50-75 flowers on each fruit are actually helping put the 165 compounds found in the pulp of Noni into the fruit. Look at the photo as see how the flowers come out of the fruit.
How Can Noni Benefit You?
There are over 165 beneficial compounds that have been identified in the raw fruit that when not destroyed in processing or with fermentation bring great health promoting properties to the body. Steve is very informative as he goes through published research of scientific and laboratory studies. Noni fruit may boost the immune system and energy levels, support a healthy response to inflammation, support a healthy digestive tract, provide natural antioxidant protection against free radical damage and promote clear healthy skin. Recent Laboratory tests have shown Noni Fruit Leather to have one of the highest levels of natural antioxidants of any food or essential oil per serving size- 6024 units of antioxidants per 2x2 inch piece.
The tour moves outside into the lush valley of Kaakaaniu. Guests will see noni trees growing in the wild, get to smell the ripe raw fruit as well as to finally sample this Cheesy Fruit! In addition to noni trees you will see banana, papaya, mango, lychee, star fruit, avocado, coconut, banyan trees and many tropical flowers.
The valley tour would not be complete without an encounter with Billy Bob, the nickname for one of the farm’s local roosters and a visit to the worm hotel…your eyes will be amazed at this top soil these busy wiggling worms have created! We also have a family of white rumped shama birds that love to visit Dylan “Dr. Dolittle” for a treat or two.
Sample the Products!
Back inside Hale Noni, tour guests take a seat and are given the opportunity to freely sample all of the farm’s Noni products. Steve does a great job going through product by product explaining their uses and benefits. Taste the Noni Fruit Leather, it’s much more palatable than the raw fruit and fourteen times more potent than noni juice! Rub your skin irritation, mosquito bite, age spot, or liver spot with the Noni Lavender Lotion. Try the IcyHeat Noni Lotion or Noni Sports Formula on pain or sore muscles. Put the smooth soft paste of Noni Bio Bandage on distressed skin.
Now it’s time to tour the farm’s upper fields and noni orchards. Take in the ocean views, feel the sea breeze and if it’s that time of year and you’re lucky you may just see albatross soaring above the ocean point. Walking through the farm’s newest acreage you will see the youngest of the trees and see firsthand how much the trees love full sun. These trees are full of very large noni fruit making it easy for the family run farm to harvest thousands of pounds of fruit per week.
If you’ve seen him on YouTube now you get to meet him in person. Bhakti, the farm’s 13 year old Australian Shepherd and Airedale mix always comes bounding over to the farm back gate to meet tour guests….and to eat his Noni Fruit Leather!
It’s a Wrap!
The tour wraps up back at Hale Noni. Guests can gather all the published research articles Steve discussed which are free for the taking, sign up for the farm’s monthly newsletter, purchase any Noni products (at a special noni tour discount) and get answers to any lingering questions. The 2 ½ hour tour is a morning well spent and a great introduction to how noni can benefit you, your family and your pets.
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