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How to Juice and Drink Fresh Noni

Fruit bowl with Noni fruit and carambola (star fruit)
Fruit bowl with Noni fruit and carambola (star fruit) | Source

How to Juice Noni Fruit

Recently my 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 days, they still felt hard, and I wondered if they would ever ripen.

On the third morning as I came downstairs, I knew they were ripe. The smell of the 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.

Although I had some at a friends house, I checked on the internet to find out exactly how to juice it and came up with zip. 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. 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. 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 sieve it.
  3. Using a rubber spatula, scrape the juice into a sieve that has a funnel below. This should be over a glass or a Pyrex jug with a pouring spout. Depending on the size of your sieve, you may have to do this procedure in batches.
  4. Pour the contents of blender in your sieve, and gently move your spatula or spoon back and forth with gentle pressure. The thick mixture will slowly drip through the sieve and down the funnel and into the jug or glass.
  5. When you have finished, scrape the bottom of the sieve for any that didn't fall through and is 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, ¼ 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 the type that needs diluting with water. In my husband's glass, I normally add honey. It is like the song from Mary Poppins: “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.”

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
  • Antioxident


Although many sites on the internet claim the benefits of noni, it hasn't been approved as a food product so it will be typically be listed as a supplement. As a guideline though, it is recommended no more than 30ml a day should be consumed.

Much of the information about the positive effects come from Asian countries where it has been used for a long time. This research is not accepted by many Western countries as proof of its effectiveness or safety.

Doctor's Best Noni Concentrate (650 mg), 150 Veggie Caps
Doctor's Best Noni Concentrate (650 mg), 150 Veggie Caps

If you can't find or don't want to drink the actual juice, there are capsules that can still provide the goodness but without the stink.

 

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How to Ferment Noni Juice

Is This Fruit a Cure-All?

So now you know how to juice and drink fresh noni.

If you read the 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 with 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 share holders 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 lives. There are many plants from tropical areas which are still being researched and studied.

If you can't find the noni fruit fresh there are bottled juices of it normally found in health food shops. Often there is powdered as well which you can reconstitute with water or juice and even in tablet form.

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 dark leaves and are quite a robust plant. Although my neighbor grows his in the shade a friend has several in full sun.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

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. :)


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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

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.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

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.


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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

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.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

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.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

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.


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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

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.


Lynne Mayeda 2 years ago

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.


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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

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


kili 2 years ago

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


kili 2 years ago

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


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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil Author

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.


jloe 20 months ago

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


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Blond Logic 20 months ago from Brazil Author

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

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