Friday April 19, 2013
Noni fruit, Morinda citrifolia, is in the family Rubiaceae, which includes such notables as coffee, gardenia, and cinchona, the quinine tree. It is one of perhaps 80 species in the genus Morinda, spread worldwide through the tropics. Many of these species have origins in the area that includes Borneo, New Guinea, Northern Australia, and New Caledonia: it is out of this population that noni is thought to have evolved and spread.
Traditionally, the whole noni fruit (Morinda citrifolia) was consumed raw in almost its entirety and also applied topically for medicinal use to treat muscle aches and pains.
Today, athletes, including University of Hawaii’s Warriors’ football and basketball squads, now use topical noni. And thousands of other weekend warriors are also using topical noni, some of whose amazing stories we’ve reported on in past articles.