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How to Juice and Drink Fresh Noni

Living on a farm in Brazil, I've gained local in-depth knowledge of food, plants, and traditions, which I share through my articles.

Fruit bowl with Noni fruit and carambola (star fruit)

Fruit bowl with Noni fruit and carambola (star fruit)

How to Juice Noni Fruit

Recently a neighbor gave me some noni fruit and a couple of noni plants. He told me they would be ready for juicing in a couple of days. After a couple of days, they still felt hard, and I wondered if they would ever ripen and be soft enough to put in my blender.

On the third morning, as I came downstairs, I knew they were ripe. The smell of noni fruit is horrible. Some say it smells like stinky cheese and others say vomit. Although I didn't appreciate smelling this first thing in the morning, I was pleased they were ripe and that day I knew I'd be able to prepare the juice.

I checked on the internet to find out exactly how to juice it and didn't find anything. Every site I found told me how to ferment it and then drink it. That isn't how they do it here in Brazil, and so today I would like to show you how I do it after asking some of my neighbors. This is drinking the juice as soon as the fruit is ripe.

How to Juice Noni in a Blender

  1. Make sure your fruit is washed. I would do this before it fully ripens, as the skin is quite thin, thinner than that of a tomato. Depending on how many people are going to be drinking the juice, I have used one noni fruit for two people.
  2. Simply place the fruit in the blender with 1/2-1 cup of cold water; some blenders won't process with only a small amount of water. Switch the blender on, and blend until you have a thickish consistency. Don't worry about the seeds, we are going to be passing the mixture through a sieve.
  3. Place a funnel in a jug or bowl, and then put a sieve at the top of the funnel. Using a rubber spatula scrape the juice into a sieve. Depending on the size of your sieve, you may have to do this procedure in batches.
  4. With the contents of the blender in your sieve, gently move your rubber spatula or wooden spoon back and forth with gentle pressure. The thick mixture will slowly drip through the sieve, down the funnel, and into the jug or bowl.
  5. When you have finished, scrape the bottom of the sieve for any of the noni that may be clinging to the bottom.
  6. You should have a thick liquid. Divide this between two glasses. The reason I use very little liquid is that the taste is as bad as the smell, and I don't want to drink more than I have to. Which would you rather drink, 1/4 cup of something you don't like or a whole glass of it? Exactly!

To mask the taste slightly, most people here use a concentrated juice. I use grape juice because it is strongly flavored. I use just a small amount because it is a type that needs diluting with water. If I don't have any grape juice concentrate, I will just add a small amount of water, and drink it down quickly. The less time it is in the mouth, the better.

Noni after blending with water

Noni after blending with water

Pass Noni juice through a sieve to remove seeds

Pass Noni juice through a sieve to remove seeds

Removing seeds often will  help the juice flow through the sieve more easily.

Removing seeds often will help the juice flow through the sieve more easily.

Start with this much noni juice and add a small amount of juice

Start with this much noni juice and add a small amount of juice

Drink your Noni/grape juice combo

Drink your Noni/grape juice combo

The Health Benefits and Dangers

Although many sites on the internet shout about the benefits, there is suspicion that the noni could cause problems to the liver and kidneys.

Morinda citrifolia, also known as the noni fruit or simply noni, is originally from Southeast Asia. The light-colored fruit with a horrible smell is sometimes called the cheese fruit or vomit fruit, due to the smell and the bad taste. The typical ways of using it are as a juice, but the seeds can be roasted, and the leaves can be made into tea.

It is claimed that there are 101 medicinal benefits; some of these are listed below:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Improves the digestive system
  • Cure for cancer
  • Diet aid
  • Diuretic
  • Antioxidant

Although sites on the internet claim the benefits of noni, it hasn't been approved as a food product. As a guideline, it's recommended, no more than 30 millilitres a day should be consumed.

Much of the information, about the positive effects, comes from Asian countries and is not accepted by many Western countries, as proof of its effectiveness or safety.

Is The Noni Fruit a Cure-All?

Now, you know how to juice and drink fresh noni. If you read information from the growers, they tell you it is a cure-all for everything. If you read reports from medical research teams, they say there are no concrete facts. I believe the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

I take everything with a grain of salt in regards to something that claims to cure everything. However, I also know that unless the drug companies can see a way of profiting from it, they tend not to do research. They are, after all, a business and more interested in making money for their shareholders than saving lives.

The fact of the matter is that many people for many years have used this foul-smelling and tasting fruit all their lives and felt it improved their health. There are many plants from tropical areas that are still being researched and studied.

If you can't find fresh noni, the juice is normally available in health food stores. Often, it is powdered, and you reconstitute it with water or juice.

Growing Noni

Can you grow noni fruit where you live? If you live in a tropical climate you may be able to grow your own.

They have lovely large dark leaves and are a robust plant. Although my neighbor grows his in the shade, I have several in full sun.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: How long does pureed Noni fruit with water last in the fridge?

Answer: I can't give you a specific answer to that as I haven't kept it for more than a couple months. I make small batches, and I am the only one who consumes it in my house.

However, most people allow it to ferment in a jar and then drink it. I used to work in the field of health and safety in the UK. Part of this job involved dealing with food hygiene in various locations. Because of this, I don't allow it to ferment because of the potential for bacteria.

That is why I make it in small quantities and keep it in the fridge.

Question: Who can I contact in Ghana to buy my noni fruit when I have the farm there?

Answer: I am including a link to a pdf that has several email addresses and phone numbers of organizations to help you. It is from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. These will help you find the information that is local to you and can also offer advice about best practices for a successful farm.

http://mofa.gov.gh/site/wp-content/uploads/2015/01...

Question: Can I add sugar to fresh noni juice?

Answer: Yes, you can. I used to mix it with concentrated grape juice and a bit of water. Now, I will just add water to dilute it, and drink it down. Believe it or not, you will get used to the taste of it.

If you like it sweetened, you could also add some honey.

Question: Can I use honey instead of sugar?

Answer: I don't use either but there is no reason why you can't use honey if it makes it more palatable. Honey, as I'm sure you're aware, has many healthy benefits as well.

Question: How soon can you drink your Noni juice after blending and filtering it?

Answer: You can drink it straight after you have made it. There is no need to wait for it to ferment. I also keep a bottle of it in the refrigerator so I don't have to make it daily.

Question: I have a lot of noni. Can you suggest who might buy my noni?

Answer: Here are a few suggestions and it will depend on where you live due to regulations.

Start with small shop keepers, it's difficult to approach large stores or supermarkets that are part of a chain.

Go to a farmers market and sell the fruit.

Put an ad on an online site advertising the fruit.

That is for selling the fruit but remember you can also sell the plants. This too can be via an online ad or at a farmers market. It can also be to nurseries.

If selling at a farmer's market, it would be a good idea to give them information about it and it's purposed health benefits.

Another avenue you can look into is as a supplement for plants and gardens. I tend to pick the fruit and drop it near the bases of our coconut trees. It's high in potassium and will benefit plants in your garden.

© 2014 Mary Wickison

Comments

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on June 17, 2020:

The article shows you how to make it using a blender.

If you also wish to use a juicer, you would follow your manufactures advice. However, because noni isn't a commonly known fruit in many parts of the world, the company may not list it. Because the fruit is soft when ripe, you can use the settings they recommend for tomatoes.

Gilbert Baloria Maabo on June 16, 2020:

Please how to make noni juice

Pls

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on May 12, 2020:

It's funny you mention pineapple, the first time I had it was at a friend's house and that is how she prepared it too.

I haven't tried it with coconut water but will. Great ideas.

Hopie on May 11, 2020:

It's delicious with pineapple. Sometimes I use coconut water instead of plain water

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on September 12, 2019:

Hi Cort,

Because of your immune problems, I would suggest you speak to a doctor. Use noni juice in moderation.

Cort on September 12, 2019:

Glad I found your page. I started growing Noni this year and it's been growing really well with a lot of fruit. I harvested 10 fruits 2 days ago. Today half are ripe. It smells so awful but I am very excited to make fresh juice. Have immune problems and always looking for new natural things to try. Thanks for the thorough description of how to easily make it I will be trying it today!

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on February 13, 2019:

With our noni fruit we are only juicing for our own consumption.

If you are going to sell it, you will need to cook it to pasteurize it. Your local business council will be able to offer help and advice.

For personal use, just put it in a blender with water, blend until it is smooth, and then pass it through a sieve to remove the seeds.

Richard V.Baiden on February 12, 2019:

I have noni tree in my backyard and l don't the benefi so l want to know it cure prostate cancer

Schwaze on February 11, 2019:

Plz. I have noni farms teach me how to get the juice

Thanks

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on February 05, 2019:

Hi Shashi,

You can drink it any time of day. I think your idea of using celery and lemon is a good one. Where I live, celery is rarely available but it's one of my favorites.

Leticia on February 05, 2019:

I have Noni tree in my backyard I didn't know it benefit till now.after trying it was wonderful.thanks mary.

Shashi on January 18, 2019:

I have noni tree in my backyard in singapore . I have been taking juicing noni with 1stick of celery and half lemon juice . It’s good and somewhat more palatable! Please comment if this is right way to drink first thing in morning

Salomi on November 21, 2018:

I grow NONI in my compound here in Gombe Nigeria, I never knew about the juice until now and when i try it, I enjoyed it is great. thanks

Moe Moe Wynn on November 12, 2018:

In Myanmar, we have this traditional food like medicine fruit with jaggery. It's good for post menopause.

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on August 18, 2018:

You're right, it smells revolting! I keep a bottle of it in my fridge and know when I open the lid, I should have the door or window open. The key is drink it fast before you change your mind.

Good luck to you.

Tosin on August 16, 2018:

its in my compound here in Kaduna state, Nigeria... I tried taking it but the irritating and offensive smell makes it very difficult. I'll keep trying it though

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on June 27, 2018:

Hi Davinia,

I'm glad your plants are producing for you and that you can now enjoy them.

Using a blender, just makes it so easy.

Thanks for your comment, great to hear from you.

Davinia on June 21, 2018:

I have 2 small Noni trees in my backyard with fruits ripening. Have been looking for ways to make fresh noni juice and I came across this site and I'm thankful for all comments. I like the idea using blender to extract the juice. Definitely enjoyed my fresh Noni juice, actually had my first taste of it yesterday and I felt energised. Thank you Mary for sharing with us all

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on June 01, 2018:

Hi Yvonne,

I think I'd have to add a lot of tonic and molasses to call it delicious. LOL

That is great that she does that and I am sure she is healthier for it. Thanks for letting the other readers know about a new way of using this amazing fruit.

Esi Nyamekye Opoku-Osborn on May 31, 2018:

This is great

yvonne johndon on May 31, 2018:

In Jamaica my aunt ferment it, juice it, add molasses and a tonic wine. bottle and use every morning. its quiet delicious.

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on April 28, 2018:

Well, you can juice just one, of course. I always seem to do a few at a time but I have several plants at my house so I have a supply.

Any surplus I put around our trees as there is a lot of potassium which is good for the soil.

Thanks for your comment.

Debbie on April 24, 2018:

Thank you very much Mary for how to juice noni in the natural way. I picked one only yesterday. I have it in my refrigerator. I am going to make my juice tomorrow. thanks very much, once again. LOL !!!

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on December 05, 2017:

I don't boil it. I just put it in the blender, and after pureeing, remove the seeds and put it into a bottle. I do keep the bottle in the refrigerator.

Kit Sullivan on December 05, 2017:

Hi Mary, I have a question about whether you need to boil the juice after straining it or after you ferment and strain it. Thanks so much for your directions on making Noni juice. I have a Noni bush that is growing very well in South Florida, USA. Your idea of taking one fruit and processing to drink raw juice would work great for me as I only have one bush and it produces fruit slowly. Just wondering if you need to boil it before drinking to kill bacteria - is that necessary or not?? The other directions I had said to do the fermenting process, strain it and then boil it for 5 minutes and then you could drink it. But I am wondering if you boil it, does that kill some of the beneficial properties you were trying to keep? Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you!

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on November 29, 2017:

Hi Yohanes,

I'm glad you found it useful, thanks for your comment.

yohanes, ghana on November 29, 2017:

you guys are really wonderful i will also try one in a few moment. thanks for educating me.

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on September 30, 2017:

Hi Emily,

Thanks for your preparation method. We have a couple more months before our mango season begins but am constantly looking for new ways to use up mangoes and the noni fruit, thanks for the tip.

Emily Korkor Tetteh on September 30, 2017:

I wash it. Ferment it between 7 to 14 days then put it in d freezer. Every morning i blend one with half cup of water, then I remove d seed. I blend d pulp with ripe mango pulp. When mango is not in season I use very ripe banana. Yummy. I drink it first thing in d morning.

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on August 12, 2017:

Hello Vincent,

I wasn't aware that was how it was processed in Ghana, so thanks for telling me. I think it is the same in many countries.

Here, in Brazil, I have only seen people pulp it, remove the seeds and then consume it. Although we do keep ours in the fridge. I usually make 500ml and try and drink it daily.

I know others here who just pick ripe ones and eat them.

It is an amazing plant which our countries are blessed to grow.

Thanks for reading and your input.

Vincent Mensah on August 12, 2017:

Here in Ghana, among the krobo tribe,we mostly ferment the fruit for for 30 days afterwhich we juice ,sieve and add equal amount of water and take

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on August 12, 2017:

Hi Shan,

I think you've hit the nail on the head. My friend here in Brazil, who also has a noni tree/bush said she craved it at certain times. It was her body's way of telling her, it needed the nutrients it provided.

Thanks for reading.

shan on August 12, 2017:

i live and was born on maui

i love noni the smell and taste is great

if you have a rejection to it , you may not need it

its like craving a healthy food your body needs it the minerals and vitamins

so if attracted to the noni get over the smell

you need it on a soul level

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on June 22, 2017:

Hi Pay Fiji,

I too have some ripening in a fruit bowl and will be making another batch in the next couple of days.

Now I don't even bother with the grape juice, I mix it with water and drink it. You become accustomed to the taste.

Pay Fiji on June 22, 2017:

I have them growing at work and will be blending afresh one tonite..let's see how it benefits.

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on April 17, 2017:

Thank you, I'm glad you found it useful.

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on January 22, 2017:

Hi Lonia,

Thanks for letting me know about the leaves.

Another use I have found for fruit which drops before I pick it, is fertilizer. We have a coconut farm and I toss the excess of ripe fruit near the base of our trees. As noni is a rich source of potassium, it helps feed my palms.

Thanks again for reading and your additional input.

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on January 22, 2017:

I have about half a dozen plants and they are continually producing. Although I want to say, enjoy your juice...with noni, I'm not sure that is possible. LOL At least it is healthy. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

Lonia on January 18, 2017:

I have always known about the benefits of noni , it is an excellent fruit with endless health benefits, Doctors and FDA will not approve this as it will create a serious dent on pharmaceutical products and they will have no profits, saying all that, the real test is actually getting yourself to drink it, which smells like blue cheese, thanks so much for sharing the nicer version of just jucing the fruit directly, I tried it, 1 ripe fruit, a little water, and gulp, gulp, gulp, I would say once a week is quite enough. : )

PS, the leaves have more value than the fruit but it also has toxins.

Sreenivasan on December 27, 2016:

Good information. Thanks.I am now making a batch of fermented juice. My next harvest will try fresh juice

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on April 14, 2015:

I didn't know that a limit had been put on it. I usually have about a 1/3 of a cup mixed with grape juice. I have also had it in pineapple juice but that didn't seem to be strong enough to kill the taste of the noni. I wonder if it is something one will ever get use to. lol

jloe on April 12, 2015:

I tried 1 mug of noni orange fresh juice. So yummy. Is it too much? I heard only 30ml allow per day.

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on August 22, 2014:

Hello Kili,

Thank you for your additional information.

I have planted 10 Noni plants this week and my neighbors tell me they grow well in this area.

I didn't know about the use of leaves in a salad or as coloring for rice, that is very interesting. I wonder if my neighbors know that it helps lower the LDL.

I have been drinking mine with grape juice but I will give you lemon and also ginger a try.

Thanks for sharing how you use and enjoy this healthy fruit.

kili on August 22, 2014:

just wanted to share my way is our typical in Borneo people drink fresh juice make noni test better.

remainder = drink moderate the body will say thank you to your self.

-1 noni fruit use half depending me always use whole

(about ripe test like soya bean no strong smell) it depending (ripe fruit always the best but strong smell)

-1 lime or lemon (I always use 1 lime and blood orange or red sweet water malon)

*optional

kafir lime(limau purut) just for zest lime and lemon also usable

(the reason to use this zest is to eliminate the odour)

-3mm ginger zest about the test

for sweet use honey or oligo fructose (healty way)

I share to admin this because share is caring

kili on August 21, 2014:

the leave of the noni (mengkudu) fruit (young leave) can make salad and the flower of the noni plan also addible in salad. in Malaysia or Borneo we make the leave to colour the rice instead using artificial colour. it has banefit to lower down exceed LDL

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on July 23, 2014:

Hi Lynne,

That is fascinating. I haven't heard about the healing properties of the leaves but it doesn't surprise. I am so pleased you found this page, and left such a valuable comment.

Thank you

Lynne Mayeda on July 23, 2014:

I have a noni plant that volunteered in my yard. It's almost impossible to kill so I decided to keep it. The leaves are about the size of dinner plates. I had heard from a friend who heard from a hawaiian friend that the noni leaf is helpful with joint pain. She could barely lift her arm up above her shoulder (tennis player). She microwaved the leaf for 5 seconds then applied it to her shoulder and kept it in place overnight. By the next day she could raise her arm up. After hearing that, I have used the noni leaf when my tennis elbow starts acting up and for sore knees, foot pain, etc. because my injuries are never severe, I can't say for sure that the noni leaf is curative but I seems to help. As a note, the noni leaf has a strong scent, not totally unpleasant. I wrap an ace bandage around it go keep it in place. A friend dried some leaves and made a tea which tastes okay but I couldn't say if it is beneficial or not.

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on May 18, 2014:

I have heard this too although I am careful what I say about its healing properties. There are so many natural products that can help modern day ailments and sicknesses.

I think we need to keep and open mind.

Dianna Mendez on May 18, 2014:

I have tired it and found it satisfactory in taste. I have friends who say it helped them fight cancer and I do believe it did. Great information on this juice method.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 12, 2014:

I actually like the fermented juice of the noni. I have never heard of juicing it until now, but I will definitely try it; because the sight of the noni fermenting is not pretty either.

It is not surprising that the medical reports say there is no proof of the benefits; they do not validate remedies which do not come from a doctor's prescription. There are many testimonies from people who experience improved health in some of the areas you mention.

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on May 10, 2014:

Hi Peggy,

I know what you mean, I don't want to be a scaremonger but even fruits like papaya can even have bad side effects. I will continue to eat papaya and drink noni, albeit with a clothes pin on my nose. LOL

Thanks for the votes.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2014:

Thanks for introducing me to this noni fruit however since the jury is still out as to whether it is actually helpful or harmful...and it smells and tastes bad...I think I will pass on tasting it. Ha! I liked learning about it however. Up and interesting votes.

Mary Wickison (author) from Brazil on May 09, 2014:

Hi Bill,

Delicious no, my friend describes it as a mixture of parmesan cheese, smelly socks and vomit.

But if it is supposed to be good for me, I will try it. I just hold my nose when I drink it.

Thanks for reading.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 09, 2014:

I had to stop by just to find out what noni was...now I know. I've never heard of it and certainly never seen it here in the States...sounds delicious.

Have a great weekend my logical friend. :)