If you are one of the fortunate people to live in a Tropical Country or Continent such as South East Asia or the South Pacific, then most people will be well aware of the Noni or at least familiar with it. The Morinda Citrifiola, more commonly reffered to as Noni. This remarkable fruit is widely regarded as a miracle fruit, rich in vitamins and minerals, and used from anything to lower Cholestrol to aid the Immune System. The fruit was originally brought from South East Asia by hardy Polynesian explorers. It is widely believed that this strange and odd looking fruit was originally brought from Indonesia (the name for Noni here is Mengkudu) or another country from that region. The voyagers set off from these starting points to go on to settle Papua New Guinea and Timor then on to The Soloman Islands. Taking the Noni along with Pandanus Plantains, Breadfruit Taro and Coconuts. These amazing journeys which these explorers undertook are of epic proportions, indeed one can only wonder how they actually completed a journey from South East Asia from the western pacific, all the way to Easter Island in the far East Pacific reaches. Along the way they discovered and made landfall at New Caledonia Micronesia, Guam, Pohnpei, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Cook Islands, The Tahitian Island groups, New Zealand, The Hawaiian Islands and Easter Island. This was a truly incredible feat of strength and pure endurance, scarce to be believed at even today. All with nothing but the stars to navigate by in open Hulled Canoes.
Now lets look at the method of creating our own Noni Juice. Locate the trees and select the largest fruits they are ripe when they are turning a light green to yellow colour. They should be soft to the touch and translucent in hue, When you have picked a bag full of the fruits (hopefully you didn’t get bitten too much by the weaver ants all over the branches, these ants are particularly attracted to the tree) Get a pan of water to boiling point and put in the most ripest of the fruits, keep them boiling for up to 35-45 minutes when they become clear and the juices will start to mingle with the boiling water, transfer the fruits to a bowl, then get a sieve and crush the soft fruits through into a bowl. The sieve will trap the seeds and pulp from going through. When you have pulped the fruits through the sieve and you have a full bowl of the brown Juice, take a funnel and pour the cool to warm liquid through into a sterilized 2 Litre plastic bottle. Store the juice in the fridge. Now you can drink your own famous Noni juice, which has been part of the Polynesian way of life for over a thousand years. It may not be to everyone’s taste though, Enjoy.