with this little fruit. Noni came into my life earlier this year when I was living in Costa Rica. I had heard a lot about it and read a couple of things online about it but I never really knew what all the hype was about. I was bemused by its shape.The fruit itself looks like a dinosaur egg or some kinda of extraterrestrial embryo. As soon as I picked it up its strong pungent odor hit my nose. It smells like rotten blue cheese. It is a powerful smell, almost like parmesan, but stronger. I have always disliked the smell of cheese, in particular moldy blue cheese so the thought of eating it was a challenge!
So....I decided to blend some up in the blender with a little coconut water. Some people like to ferment it in jars for upto a few months and I actually started to ferment some of my own however my first taste of noni was a really soft and ripe fresh one. WOOOOOOOOOO! The taste was so powerful! I immediately felt a buzz and a huge surge of energy went through my body. I felt lighter...and really bouncy. It turns out that noni fruit is one of the world's most powerful superfoods and is jam packed full of good things. Research has been done to show that it is full of vitamins C, E, B1, B2, B6, B12 and very rich in organic minerals like zinc, mangnesium and iron. Native to Polynesia and having a history of over 2,000 years noni provides a whole array of amazing health benefits ranging from anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. It is known to have great skin care benefits. It's high selenium content helps to preserve skin's elasticity slowing the aging process. Noni is also said to be a powerful adaptogen helping to balance our immune system whether it be deficient or excessive.
I felt fortunate to be living and working right next to numerous noni trees. My fermentation project went really well and I can tell you that fermented noni juice is a lot more palatable than fresh noni! You can also utilize the leaves of the noni tree to make noni leaf tea. You pick the leaves, leave them out in the sun to dry then crunch them up.
Here's a little youtube video with more noni knowledge.....
I love superfoods. We are so blessed on this planet with the incredible amount of foods we have to enjoy and experience. For every ailment there is a plant to cure it. I sure could feel the power of noni after drinking it. You are literally buzzin all day and it gives you so much energy, even if you just have a little shot. It's not that palatable at first, but once you get used to the pungent cheesy smell it's fine! If someone who hates cheese can drink it then i'm sure you could! Actually, I know people who make a raw blue cheese with the noni. It never tried it but i'm sure its delicious and nutritious. There are many noni products out there on the market. I was fortunate enough to consume fresh local noni. If you are interested in trying this fruit then i'd suggest looking for a good brand and make sure there is any nasty additives or sugar added in there.
See you soon.
Much love, Ry x