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Noni – from Seed to a Fruit Bearing Tree

By: Lola Frailey Tuesday November 11, 2014 comments Tags: noni tree, morinda citrifolia, organic noni farm

Noni, scientifically known as Morinda Citrifolia belongs to the coffee family Rubiaceae and can be found growing around the world in the tropical regions. The tree grows from sea level to two thousand foot elevations. It will grow from wet lush rainforests to almost desert like volcanic terrains. The tree can grow up to 40 feet tall and has large veined leaves that are dark green and glossy. The tree produces a fruit that is oval in shape and when mature can measure from 3-7 inches.

Noni seeds have an extremely long germination process, taking anywhere from 2-8 months. Seedlings finally sprout and the tree begins its development to a mature tree which can take up to 18 months. Noni fruit first begins as a small green fruit and then small white flowers come out of the fruit. The flowers have nothing to do with pollination, a very unique trait of the Noni tree. There are only 4 plants in the entire plant kingdom that do this! The fruit grows in size turning yellow in color and eventually will turn white when ripe and fully mature. The fruit quickly begins to ripen turning translucent white and soft like a ripe tomato. It now gains it’s smelly characteristic of blue cheese…Noni fruit is also known as Cheesy Fruit or Stinky Fruit!

Noni fruit has a very short shelf life of 2-3 days before it begins to ferment. So you might be wondering how you can benefit from the healing properties of the raw fruit if you don’t live in the tropics and have a Noni tree growing in your yard? A family run farm on Kauai, Hawaii called Hawaiian Organic Noni brings you the solution. The farm has developed a unique low heat process that maintains the maximum potency of the raw fruit thus enabling them to bring customers around the globe the benefits of raw Noni fruit. Check out their products here which include Noni Fruit Leather, Noni Lavender Lotion, Icy Heat Noni Lotion, Noni Sports Formula, Noni Bio Bandage and there’s even an entire line of  pet products. 

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