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18 Nov 2011

How to Juice a Noni

Author: Summer | Filed under: Food, Plants

The noni fruit grows really well here in Puerto Rico and has been touted as an amazing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immune system booster and all-around good for you food. The only problem? It tastes/smells even more disgusting then it looks…

The noni that I picked from our tree today:
Noni Fruit of Puerto Rico

Just smelling a ripe noni makes me gag a little bit (and I have a pretty strong stomach), and if fresh noni wasn’t bad enough, the traditional way to “juice” them is by sticking them in a jar in the sun for a few weeks and letting it “ferment” (rot) so that the juice seeps out. I don’t know about you, but I was taught that eating rotting stuff is not a good idea. With that in mind, we havn’t done much with our noni, but recently a neighbor sent me some information on an alternative way of juicing the noni that does not involve letting it rot in a jar. It’s called “freeze juicing” and this is how you can extract the noni juice this way:

- Pick hard white noni.
- Let it ripen/soften for a couple of days (1 – 5 days).
- Put in a container and freeze for 6 – 12 hours.
- Remove from the freezer and let it thaw completely (6 – 12 hours at room temperature)
- Transfer the resulting juice into a container and store in the fridge.
- Noni juice should be good for 2 weeks if refrigerated.

Apparently, this method of juicing the noni results in a juice that is less disgusting and the beneficial properties of the noni juice remains intact.

I just picked my first batch of noni to try the “freeze juicing” technique, so I’ll let you know how it goes!

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4 Responses to “How to Juice a Noni”

  1. stefan Says:

    I’m not buying it. I don’t think there is anyway Noni can be prepared that won’t make me gag.

    About 2 months ago, I ripped through a few Noni that were on the ground with the weed whacker and it splattered all over my pants. I contemplated changing my clothes for the first 5 minutes the puke/rotting death smell was so bad. Ultimately, I persevered and was able to work through the stench.

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  2. Christine Says:

    That’s funny — we were just looking at some funny looking fruit on our neighbor’s property and no matter how hard I researched I couldn’t figure out what it was. Now that you have posted this, I see that what we were looking at was the noni fruit. Not that we’re about to start trying to juice it after your comments!!! But it’s good to know what it was!!!

    Take care,

    Christine

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  3. Frank Says:

    Heh the way I juice it is by cutting the Noni into small cubes and putting them into a jar and let it sit outside for a few days to a week tiill you start seeing the juice. Once you see the juice pour it into another jar and place in the fridge to cool.

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  4. Belinda Baker Says:

    I have been making noni juice for the last 4 years here in Puerto Rico…Just put the fruit in a glass jar, seal, and let the sun do its job for 6 weeks…what you get is a wonderful fine noni wine and it is good for you, too. I take a tablespoon a day to maintain good health…100% noni juice, the elixor of the gods.

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