peoples of what is now known as French
Polynesia , colonized islands
throughout the South Pacific . As they made
their voyages from island to island in the ocean-going canoes,
they brought with them sacred plants from their home islands.
These plants contained the basic foods, construction materials
and medicines used by the Polynesian colonizers. Perhaps the
most important of these plants is known as Morinda citrifolia . Ancient
manuscripts handed down from generation to generation,
describe many uses for this plant.
This plant is known
among the people of the tropics world-wide. In Malaysia, it is
known as Mengkudu . In Southeast Asia it is
known as Nhau . In the islands of the South
Pacific the plant is known as Nonu , in Samoa
and Tonga. Nono in Raratonga and Tahiti, and
noni in the Marquesas Islands and Hawaii.
Here it has become and integral part of the Polynesian
culture. An important source of food, the noni fruit of the
Morinda citrifolia tree has
been used for centuries as a food source. Early
Polynesians recognized its pure value and
consumed it in times of famine.
During World War II,
soldiers based on tropic Polynesian islands were taught by the
native Polynesian people to eat the noni fruit to sustain
their strength. The noni fruit became a staple food choice for
people of Raratonga, Samoa and Fiji who ate the noni fruit raw
or cooked. Australian Aborigines were fond of the noni fruit
and consumed it raw with salt. Seeds, leaves, bark and root
were also consumed by people familiar with the qualities of
this unusual plant.
I believe that we
have much to learn from the traditional use of the amazing
plant. The wonderful thing about the Morinda citrifolia plant is that
every part is valued and used.
FACTS ABOUT THE NONI FRUIT
The Morinda citrifolia plant
flourishes in the lush and unspoiled islands of French
Polynesia , the best known of these islands is
Tahiti . It is considered to be one of the
most beautiful plants in the islands. It is a valued addition
to a traditional Polynesian garden. The plant reaches heights
of 15-20 feet and yields fruit year-round. The blossoms of the
tree are a creamy white color. The mature noni fruit is about
the size of a potato and resembles a small breadfruit. When
ripe the noni fruit turns yellow and white.
Polynesians pick the noni fruit before is it fully ripe and
placed it in a jar in the direct sunlight. When fully ripe,
the noni fruit is mashed into a puree and the juice is
extracted through a cloth. The juice is now ready for use.
Traditionally, the juice is taken during times of rest when
the body is under the least amount of stress. The Morinda Citrifolia has been prized
in Polynesia for centuries but has never found its way to the
western market, until now. Tahitian Noni International is the
first company to offer it to the North American consumer.
1. J. Morton, the
Ocean-Going Noni, or Indian Mulberry (Morinda Citrifolia
Rubiaceae) and Some of Its Colorful Relatives, Econ. Bot.
46(3) pp. 241-256, 1992 .
2. Medicinal Chest from the
Malaysian Rainforest, 1996
3. Issabella Alona Abbott,
La'an Hawaii Traditional Hawaiian Uses of Plants.
Degener, B.S., M.S., Illustrative of Plants and Customs of the
Facts, Features, and Benefits of TAHITIAN
Inc. was established for the specific purpose of bringing
the secrets and benefits of the Noni plant to the peoples of
the world. TAHITIAN NONI® Juice is being used by thousands of
people with unbelievable results.
citrifolia has been studied by
researchers throughout the world.
NONI® Juice targets several systems in the body and
actually works at the cellular level.
In clinical studies,
TAHITIAN NONI® Juice gave athletes more energy and helped them
recover faster after intense workouts.*
Evidence indicates French
Polynesia is the most abundant source of Morinda citrifolia in the world.
Tahitian Noni International spent
nearly three years market testing and researching TAHITIAN NONI® Juice.
In study after study, scientists have
shown that consistently drinking TAHITIAN NONI® Juice can
increase your immune function.*
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