Morinda citrifolia – where Noni juice comes from
Morinda citrifolia is the tree that grows the fruit that is used to create Noni Juice. An amazing plant it can grow anywhere from in the shade of palm trees, on the clean sandy beaches of the pacific islands that it calls its home or even the harsh rocky shores that often protect the islands. Its ability to grow on every shore and type of island meant that it was an important plant for the Pacific Islanders as they journeyed across the Pacific, and as they colonised the islands, they took one of their most significant sources of traditional medicines with them. This tree, once confined to Indonesia and Australia has proven its worth by spreading across the Pacific as people refused to leave it behind.
Unlike many other fruit trees M. citrifolia is mature in just 18 months, and from then on will produce up to 8 kg of fruit per month year-round. Growing up to 9 m tall the leaves are beautiful in their simplicity, dark green, shiny and deeply veined. It may be the ability that M. citrifolia has to grow anywhere, and take in nutrients from the toughest of situations that means when grown in fertile soils in the full effects of the warm Tahitian sun, each drop of juice is full of healthy antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are all too often missing from our modern diets. When the Polynesians took to their boats to cross from remote island to remote island, space was limited, and yet they found space for a plant that is rarely eaten as a foodstuff in itself. Instead, the Polynesians had thousands of years of traditional medicine to tell them that this unassuming plant not only helped cure all manner of ailments but also could help prevent many of them in the first place. Science is starting to show that many of these traditional beliefs may have some basis in scientific fact.
The family of plants that M. citrifolia is a part of, Rubiaceae has other plants that are a source of medicine, or a part of modern life. Coffee is one of the most well-known examples, along with Cinchona the source of Quinine, which is still today one of the possible treatments for malaria. The power of this family of plants is still being investigated and tapped, but many members of the family have the power to heal, give energy and are a part of our lives.
Noni fruit and the M. citrifolia plant it grows on are becoming a crop for those that live in the islands now. Once growing wild on the islands, or planted and left to grow wild, these robust plants are now being grown to provide good quality Noni juice across the world as people become more aware of the great potential of this fantastic plant. From celebrities to people on the street the demand for this taste of the Pacific is growing. Choose a bottle of pure 100% Noni juice to make sure you get all the power of this potent plant.
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