History of Noni
Since noni is now catching the attention of
everyone wanting to eat natural foods to stay healthy, many
people are paying more interest in the history of noni. Of
course, if you are going to eat something exotic, such as noni,
you probably want to know as much about it as possible such as
where it comes from.
Where does noni come from?
While most people want to
know more about the history of noni, there are
not many records that really pinpoint where
noni plants originate from. They are a tropical
species of the Morinda genus, in the Rubiaceae
family of plants. That lineage is almost always
associated with tropical plants containing very
healthful properties. Although none so
healthful as noni.
Since the noni plant grows best in the rich
volcanic ash of the south pacific islands, and the seeds are
able to float on the ocean waves, noni plants have made their
way around most of the world’s equatorial region.
No one knows where they originated, but the
oldest known records of noni’s use are from tribal leaders and
kahunas across Polynesia. These records go back at least 1,500
years, when these tribes first started making medical
The oldest accounts of noni being used for
medicine are from Tahiti and Hawaii, where the soil it grows on
are the richest in nutrients.
Where do noni plants grow?
Noni plants grow commonly in Southeast Asia,
Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, most of the pacific
Islands including Tahiti and Hawaii, and even as far east as
Few plants known to botanists can germinate
by using floating seeds… Since it doesn’t take human (or even
birds) interacting with them for noni seeds to spread, they
have been able to reach shores of even the most remote pacific
islands and grow.
However, noni plants are tropical and cannot
handle frost. That keeps them confined to the equatorial belt
around the planet, and since that path is blocked by Central
& South America in the east, and Africa in the west, noni
plants have not been found in the Atlantic ocean at all, except
for small crops in northern south America which were brought
over by humans to be planted there on purpose.
Wherever noni comes from, if the soil is
nutrient rich and the air is always warm, your noni is very
likely full of healing properties.