Medicinally this odd looking fruit is said to cure everything from stone-fish wounds to digestive upsets to far more serious disease. A concoction from the bark, leaves, roots and fruit can be drunk. When ripe or overripe the skin of the fruit becomes almost translucent and the flesh turns soft to develop an unpleasant odour. The odour has led to nickname of the 'starvation fruit' due to the fact that you would have to be starving to eat it as a fresh fruit. Strictly tropical climate only.
Plant Information or Specifications
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Likes Temps above 5deg
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
Suitability in Pots
July, August, September
Customer Comments on Noni Fruit
Once you get your head around the smell (blue vein cheese in tom cat's pee) the flavour is really not too bad at all, though it's definitely an acquired taste. The tree does not do too well away from the tropics. | David White - Newcastle, NSW 03-Jun-2006
I HAVE ONE AT MY OTHER HOME BUT I NEVER THOUGHT YOU COULD EAT IT OR THE LEAVES!!! | Lily.s - Brisbane, QLD 15-Nov-2009
I have not grown the fruit (yet) but I have been told from people who have that noni has an affinity with citrus. Drink the noni juice with lemon or orange with a bit of honey. Very healing - similar to aloe vera but more powerful. | Tara Emmerson - Mt Martha, VIC 09-Nov-2011
Fresh noni leaves applied topically are good for joint inflammation but dried are not so good. Cover with boiling water for a few minutes to warm first. | Jarnie Birmingham - Hazelbrook, NSW 22-Jun-2014
In Thai cooking - use the leave as the base for steamed fish curry (Red curry+coconut cream wrapped with banana leave), yummy. | Alex Jaidee - Canada Bay, NSW 02-Aug-2015
Noni Fruit has helped me with bowel problems and bloating in the gut I let it ripen and drink it like tea or coffee Yes smell is bit off but its worth it. | Gregory Harmer - Darwin, NT 08-Aug-2019
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