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How to Juice and Drink Fresh Noni

Updated on August 19, 2017
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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) | 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 be passing it through a sieve.
  3. Using a rubber spatula, scrape the juice into a sieve placed over a funnel. 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, 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 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
  • Antioxidant

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.

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How to Ferment Noni Juice

Is The Noni Fruit a Cure-All?

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.

© 2014 Mary Wickison


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    • Blond Logic profile image

      Mary Wickison 2 weeks ago from Brazil

      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.

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      Emily Korkor Tetteh 2 weeks ago

      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.

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      Mary Wickison 2 months ago from Brazil

      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.

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      Vincent Mensah 2 months ago

      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

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      Mary Wickison 2 months ago from Brazil

      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.

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      shan 2 months ago

      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

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      Mary Wickison 4 months ago from Brazil

      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.

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      Pay Fiji 4 months ago

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

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      Mary Wickison 6 months ago from Brazil

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

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      Mary Wickison 9 months ago from Brazil

      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.

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      Mary Wickison 9 months ago from Brazil

      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.

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      Lonia 9 months ago

      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.

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      Sreenivasan 9 months ago

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

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      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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      jloe 2 years 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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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      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.

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      kili 3 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)


      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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      kili 3 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

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      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

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      Lynne Mayeda 3 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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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      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.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 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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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 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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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      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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      Peggy Woods 3 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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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      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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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I had to stop by just to find out what noni 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. :)