Noni Fruit - Morinda citrifolia
Related to the coffee family, Noni it is a true tropical tree and is known by a variety of names including Indian Mulberry, Great Morinda and Cheese Fruit.
Although eaten as a staple food in some cultures, it was often referred to as a famine or starvation fruit due to it's powerful smell. I would describe the smell as an incredibly strong blue cheese and then an extra wiff on top!!
Growing Morinda citrifolia
This tree is fast growing and will grown up to 9m in the right climate. It is tolerant of drought, saline, rocky and limestone outcrops and sand as well as shady forest.
It is strictly a tropical tree and will not survive in climates that drop below 5C in winter, prefering a climate that remains above 10C year round.
Use of Morinda citrifolia
Noni is used widely in a variety of beverages, powders and products in consumer markets. Traditionally the fruit has been eaten raw and cooked by Southeast Asian people as well as Indigenous Australians. The leaves are also used in Thai cuisine, young leaves added to salad or mature leaves wrap fish prior to cooking.
There are multiple uses for this fruit in traditional medicine particularly in the pacific region.
Morinda bark produces a brownish-purplish dye that may be used for making batik. Yellowish dye has also been extracted from its roots to dye cloth.
Noni plants available
Strong young trees approx.20-25cm tall - looking great!