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Letters From Steve Nov 2014

By: Steve Frailey Monday November 3, 2014 comments Tags: morinda citrifolia, canoe plants, noni history, noni tree

Are you familiar with Noni fruit or Morinda Citrifolia?

Aloha!
Are you familiar with Noni fruit or Morinda Citrifolia? In this months Newsletter, you will learn more about this amazing fruit, have some fun and find out how Noni can help you in your daily life.

What is Noni?

Noni is a tree not a bush or shrub as many websites claim. One of my pet peeves is seeing Noni called a bush on Google. A Noni Tree 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 rain forests; it’s an extremely hardy tree.

  • A Noni Tree may reach 30 to 40 feet in height (not a bush!). We have many such Noni Trees in our valley on our 37 acre certified organic farm.
  • When Noni fruit matures, it is hard and white in color. In 2-3 days after picking, 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 fruit was brought to Hawaii as a canoe plant by the ancient Polynesians who for thousands of years have used the raw fruit as their medicine.

The History of Noni fruit

  • Historical pictorial reference to the Aborigines in Australia eating Noni fruit 40,000 years ago
  • Chants in the Rig-Veda for Ayurvedic medicine referencing Noni fruit
  • Ethno botanists from the University of Hawaii travelled for 6 yrs around Polynesia and Southeast Asia researching Noni fruit. They believe Noni fruit originated in Northern Australia or Borneo. The main conclusion they made is that early Polynesians ate the noni fruit raw daily as a natural preventative and carried it with them everywhere they sailed.

Traditional Uses

  • There are 6 varieties of Noni fruit worldwide, only one is medicinal. In Hawaii we only have one variety, the medicinal variety which can be attributed to the Polynesians sailing to find new islands and start a new culture, naturally they would only bring their best.
  • Traditionally Noni fruit was eaten raw or rubbed on their bodies.

How can Noni fruit benefit you?

  • Research has identified over 165 compounds in the raw pulp of the noni fruit that when not destroyed in processing or with fermentation brings great medicinal and healing properties to the body.
  • Improved health and energy
  • Supports a healthy response to inflammation
  • Recent Laboratory tests have shown Noni Fruit Leather to have the highest level of antioxidants of any food or essential oil. Antioxidants provide protection against free radical damage

Feel free to look around on the website to learn more about this amazing fruit!

Mahalo from everyone on the farm!
-Steve

Steve Frailey

About the Author: Steve Frailey

My wife and I (Steve Frailey) moved to Kauai, Hawaii in 1982 from our organic farm in California. There were no roads, electricity, water or buildings but lots of Noni trees (Morinda Citrifolia) in our valley. We also developed a deep relationship with Noni that was growing all through our valley.  Today we run our Hawaiian Organic Noni farm, and share the gift of health with people throughout the world.



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