Can Noni Fruit Be Eaten Raw? [How To]

Can Noni Fruit Be Eaten Raw

I learned about noni fruit whilst on my travels but didn’t and became as curious as to how you eat this strange-looking fruit, and whether it can be eaten raw.

I did some research and here’s what I found.

Noni fruit can be eaten raw.

Noni fruit can be eaten when it isn’t ripe and when it is completely ripe.

However, ripe noni fruit is traditionally used for medicinal purposes.

Ripe noni has a very repulsive smell and taste.

But, unripe noni can be shaved and used in a range of dishes like a vegetable.

To get to the bottom of eating noni and drinking noni juice I looked into it further to answer questions such as whether noni is poisonous, is the juice safe to drink, whether the juice should be refrigerated, and if there are any side effects caused by drinking noni juice.

Is Noni Fruit Poisonous?

Is Noni Fruit Poisonous

Certain vegetables and fruit can be poisonous.

And ripe noni is known to make your mouth numb so I was curious whether it’s poisonous.

I looked into the advice of medical professionals and here’s what I found.

Noni fruit is not poisonous.

Limited studies have been done, however, one study found that it’s fine to drink about 2 to 3 cups of noni juice per day (source).

There is no data about the pulp of the noni fruit, but it’s likely the same applies to the fruit as it is regularly used as a medicine.

Vegetables like zucchini or radish can be sliced thinly and used in a salad.

The same is also true of unripe noni fruit.

It is hard and green, and you can slice it very thinly or shred it using a grater.

It provides an interesting and unique taste to a salad.

It can also be used in a stir fry or be added to a quiche.

Is Noni Juice Safe To Drink?

Is Noni Juice Safe To Drink

Noni juice is regularly sold as a health food in grocery stores and health food stores.

However, is it safe to drink and how much of it should you drink?

As a general rule, noni juice is safe to drink.

It can be treated the same as regular fruit juice like carrot juice or apple juice.

It’s generally recommended to eat more than around 4 servings of fruit per day.

Once serving is equal to around 1 cup of fruit or fruit juice.

Therefore, in my opinion, you should aim to drink around 1/2 a cup to 1 cup of noni juice a day.

That way you can balance it out with other fruits.

And gives you the flexibility to eat a wide range of fruits in a day if your diet is somewhat limited.

For example, some people go on a strict diet such as a keto diet.

On the keto diet, you generally need to limit your carb intake.

Interestingly, noni has roughly 7g of carbs per cup of noni juice.

Which is a very low amount of carbs.

I recently wrote an article about whether fruit can kick you out of ketosis.

In it, I discuss high and low-carb fruits and vegetables.

Read it- can fruit kick you out of ketosis

Should Noni Juice Be Refrigerated?

Should Noni Juice Be Refrigerated

Sodas and store-bought juice can be left in the pantry unopened for quite a while.

But, does the same apply to noni juice or should I keep it in the fridge?

Noni juice should ideally be refrigerated as it will keep for longer.

Fruit juices typically go bad after 1 to 2 weeks when left at room temperature.

However, if they are refrigerated they can last 1 month or more.

Keeping it in a cool dark place such as in a basement can also work well if you’re limited on fridge space or are buying it in bulk.

Heat and warm temperatures will accelerate the chemical processes that make juice go bad.

And create a more favorable environment for bacteria.

Over time fruit juice like noni juice can begin to ferment if yeast is present in the air.

The yeast will react with the sugars in the noni juice and produce alcohol as a by-product.

Typically alcoholic beverages like ciders and beers have yeast added to them to speed up the process.

What Are the Side Effects of Drinking Noni Juice?

What Are the Side Effects of Drinking Noni Juice

Noni juice has been reported to be good for your health, but, are there any side effects to drinking noni juice?

As a whole, there aren’t any side effects to drinking noni juice. Noni juice has a well known repulsive taste similar to a mixture of blue vein cheese and bile. Pure noni juice also makes your mouth numb.

Some people don’t mind the smell and taste of noni juice.

However, there are a wide array of other fruit juices out there.

And if you don’t particularly like the smell or taste, then you don’t lose anything by not drinking or eating it.

Some sources suggest that noni was eaten as a last resort if other staple fruit crops like bananas and coconuts were unavailable because they had been damaged by a cyclone or fire.

Can I Drink Noni Juice Everyday?

Can I Drink Noni Juice Everyday

Noni juice is said to be good for your health like other fruit and vegetable juices but can you drink it everyday?

It’s perfectly fine to drink noni juice everyday.

However, be sure to drink other fruit and vegetable juice, or consume other fruits and vegetables throughout the day.

That way you’ll consume a diverse range of nutrients rather than only the nutrients that are high in one particular fruit or vegetable.

Noni juice can taste particularly bad so you may choose to take it as a shot 2 to 3 times a day.

Or, you can blend it with other ingredients that have a very strong taste like ginger, and honey.

Because of its taste you may decide not to consume noni or noni juice at all.

You may also decide to use it like a vegetable instead.

The noni fruit turns soft and translucent as it ripens, but while it’s unripe it will be hard and green.

It can be picked at this stage before it’s ripe.

Similar to how they eat papaya salad in Thailand.

Which is made from green papaya that isn’t sweet at all.

Typically papaya salad is made with a lot of spices and chilli but feel free to use your creativity as unripe noni is very versatile.

What does Noni taste like?

What does Noni taste like

If you’ve never tried noni before, you’re likely curious how it tastes.

Noni tastes like a mixture between strong pungent cheese and stomach acid.

Most people who try it for the first time find it repulsive and spit it out or begin vomiting.

However, it is an acquired taste and over time some people like it.

The taste of noni is very similar to the way it smells… bad! Unlike other fruits such as durian that have a really bad smell but actually taste very sweet.

The fruit itself also looks quite unappealing.

Can You Eat Noni Leaves?

Can You Eat Noni Leaves

I also heard that the leaves of the noni tree can be eaten. Is that so and do you cook them?

You can eat noni leaves.

They are used dry as a tea, or they can be diced and fried.

They have a flavor similar to potato chips.

Noni leaves can be powdered and added to shakes for added vitamins and minerals.

Therefore, a noni fruit tree can be grown just for the leaves, however, because the fruit smells very bad you might want to choose to keep it at a distant part of the property or buy the dried leaves separately.

It has been shown though that dried fruits and vegetables don’t have as many nutrients as fresh fruit and vegetables so when possible it’s best to have your own noni tree.

Noni is regarded as being quite sensitive to drops in temperature and grows where the temperature remains above around 40°F (4°C).

But, it grows best in tropical to subtropical climates like those found in Hawaii, California, and Florida.

To make noni tea you can simply take some noni leaves, wash them, and add two to three to cups of boiling water.

Noni tea made from the leaves of the noni plant is also sold in some grocery stores.

And is widely available online.

If you love a good herbal tea, then it’s definitely one to try.

How long does it take for noni to fruit?

How long does it take for noni to fruit

If you do grow your own noni plant what can you expect from it over the medium to long term.

Does it take forever to fruit like some varieties or does it begin to fruit very soon?

Here’s what I found..

Noni fruit takes on average around 1.5 to 2 years to fruit from seed.

A small noni plant that you might obtain or buy from a garden store will typically begin to bear fruit after 1 year.

A noni plant grows as high as 20 feet (7 meters).

Each noni plant should be given about 10 to 15 feet of space all the way around (3 to 5 meters).

Interestingly, noni tends to do really well in a wide range of soil types.

Well, there you have it, everything you needed to know about eating noni fruit.

Chris Watson

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