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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 online 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 involves drinking the juice as soon as the fruit is ripe.

How to Juice Noni in a Blender

  1. Wash the fruit. I would do this before it fully ripens, as the skin is thin, thinner than that of a tomato. Depending on how many people will be drinking the juice, I have used one noni fruit for two people.
  2. Place the fruit in the blender with 1/2 to 1 cup of cold water; some blenders won't process 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. Scrape the bottom of the sieve to remove any that may still be there.
  6. You should have a thick liquid. Divide this between two glasses. I use very little liquid because 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!

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

Photo Guide

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 (I used grape juice).

Start with this much noni juice and add a small amount of juice (I used grape juice).

Drink your noni/grape juice combo.

Drink your noni/grape juice combo.

Health Benefits and Possible Risks

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 revolting taste. The locals use the fruit for juicing, roast the seeds and make tea from the leaves.

The noni fruit aficionados claim there are 101 medicinal benefits; some of these are listed below:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Improves the digestive system
  • May help fight cancer
  • Diet aid
  • Diuretic
  • Antioxidant

Although sites on the internet claim noni's benefits, it hasn't been approved as a food product.

Is 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. As with any natural product, speak to your doctor first to ask for their advice.

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 does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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.

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