Morinda citrifolia (noni or Indian mulberry) is native to the area from South East Asia to northern Australia. Noni is believed to be among the original plants that Pacific islanders brought with them in their voyaging canoes. They valued the plant for its medicine and dyes. It is now grown throughout the tropics.
Noni is grown in most parts of the Pacific and all parts of the plants have either traditional or modern uses. Although it has been used medicinally by Polynesians for thousands of years, commercial cultivation and processing of noni juice products is a recent, economically important development.
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Last updated 8 July 2010
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