Home made Noni juice
I am in love with the Noni Fruit.
Ever since I started to notice this wild looking smallish tree, I have been mesmerised by its strange looking fruit that starts out as a tiny bump on the soft stem between the large glossy leaves.Dainty and tiny white flowers grow at the end of the emerging fruit. Eventually the fruit is transformed into a perfect emerald green fruit, almost like jewellery one can wear.
The moment of truth, like a woman’s dark side will be revealed of this beauty: the fruit when ripened changes into a white swollen fruit whose perfume is sour and vile. The natural reaction of many people is to turn away from this white pulpy looking mess.
Far from being a useless fruit on the ground, birds and many other small creatures pick at the fruit. They know a good deal when they see one. And you should too.
The Noni, whose botanical name is Morinda citrifolia, is a plant that is found in SE Asia. It is naturally found growing in villages and kampongs where people use both the leaves and fruit as food and medicine.
The tree can be found in some old neighbourhoods of urban Singapore. Not many gardeners will intentionally grow this plant, unless they understand its amazing medicinal properties, I suspect its days are numbered here in this city. However birds are the prolific gardeners instead, dropping seeds everywhere on the ground. This is why many Noni trees look like weed trees, growing haphazardly along fences and inappropriate places in compounds and pavements.
The ripe Noni fruit is a natural probiotic. The sour smell is proof of the fermenting process each ripe fruit goes through. It is a store- house of nutrition and contains vitamins and minerals that make this an excellent food that supply anti-oxidants without limit. Allow a ripened fruit to naturally ferment, when it becomes a probiotic to help restore an irritable gut. Cleanup the gastrointestinal tract: remove bad bateria and parasites. Noni is known to lower blood sugar and reduce acidity in the blood.
No bad witch this Noni. It is simply good wholesome natural medicine.
Here is my recipe for homemade Noni Juice:
2-4 fermented Noni fruit
10 grams of red ginger or old ginger
Ripe Noni fruit usually fall off the branch because of its weight. As the fruit ripens it’s skin turns a translucent white. The flesh beneath becomes juicy and soft. The weight of a ripened and fermenting fruit becomes twice as heavy as the unripened fruit.
I collect the fallen ripe fruit off the ground, wash and store them in a glass jar with a lid. I allow the fermenting process to prolong for about 2 weeks.
After 2 weeks, the fruits become a dark chocolate like colour. The taste is sour with undertones of bitter malt flavour. It is not at all bad tasting.
I mesh the pulp up into a fine paste (It is like preparing tamarind paste). I add water to the paste, sieve the whole material and save the juice.
The juice of red ginger is extracted by blending pieces of them in a blender. The juice is much hotter than old ginger. I add i/2 a glass to the Noni juice.
Adding lemon juice lessens the sour taste of Noni. Here is something for those who want to add sweetness to this juice: stir in 2 tablespoons of organic honey.