The Noni plant is a tropical evergreen tree that grows to about 10 feet tall in Fiji Islands and other Pacific Islands, as well as in parts of Asia, Australia, South America and the Caribbean. The tree grows fruits about the size of a potato, which starts out green and ripens into yellow or white colour. The juice, fruit, bark, and leaves are used in herbal remedies. Noni is a good source of fibre, carbohydrates and protein. The pulp of the Noni fruit is fat free and is used to prepare noni juice. It is high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, niacin and iron. Noni may be what you are looking for to help alleviate pain or boost your immune system.
At what stage of development are Noni fruits picked? Noni fruits can be picked at any stage of development, depending on the intended processing method. Some producers prefer green fruits, whereas other processors prefer the hard white noni fruits for processing. Most noni juice processors accept or prefer the “hard white” stage of fruit development for noni juice production, because the fruits ripen quickly once that stage of development is reached.
How are Noni fruits harvested and handled? Noni fruits are harvested by hand by picking the individual fruits from the branches. They are placed in baskets or bags or placed in bins for transport to the processing facility. Noni fruits do not bruise or damage easily, and usually no special padded containers or other precautions are needed to prevent fruit significant fruit damage. Furthermore, exposure of noni fruits to direct sunlight or to warm temperatures immediately after harvest is not a significant concern. So, noni fruits need not be refrigerated after harvest and are usually not refrigerated.
How are Noni fruits handled at the processing facility? Fruits are washed at the processing facility before they ripen fully and turn soft. For juice production, the noni fruits are held at ambient or room temperature for 1 to several days to ripen before they are processed. Our noni juice is naturally fermented, filtered and packed. The process of fermentation continues while in the bottle. The longer it ferments the better the juice gets. It takes almost 8-12 weeks for the fermentation to complete to get the best noni juice. We constantly check to guarantee a uniform product.