Thursday December 3, 2015
We’ll be the first to admit it: noni has an unusual flavor and smell. It’s most similar to bleu cheese, enough so that many people call it “Cheesy Fruit” or just “Stinky Fruit.” Some people call it “Vomit Fruit,” but we promise that one in particular isn’t accurate.
But it is a fact that many people are shocked by their first taste of noni fruit.
Many people try noni for the first time either when they try our Noni Fruit Leather, or when they sample noni fruit fresh from the tree when they visit our organic family farm on a tour. The fruit tastes better than it smells, but it’s always funny to watch people’s initial reaction on the farm tour.
Usually, you can acquire a taste for it over time, especially once you start to associate it with the mood and energy lift that comes with it. But if you really struggle with the taste of Noni Fruit Leather, here are some suggestions to help you get your daily dose of noni anyway.
Roll it Up Like a Pill
This is the easiest way to get your noni without having to taste much of it. It’s also a great way to get stubborn pets to take noni (although most pets seem to love how it tastes — they can tell it’s good for them).
First, portion out a 2x2 inch square of Noni Fruit Leather (our recommended dose) into a few smaller pieces. Then simply roll each of those pieces into a ball using your fingers and swallow them like pills. You still get all the health benefits of noni, but it doesn’t have to be in your mouth for very long!
Dissolve it in Liquid
Our Noni Fruit Leather has the unique property of being able to dissolve in liquids. This helps you swallow the noni more quickly, since you don’t have to chew it up. It also gives you the opportunity to add a flavor that’s more palatable to you.
Try adding your 2x2 inch piece of noni to warm (not hot!) water while you’re steeping tea. Noni’s flavor goes well with many herbal teas. You can also add noni to your favorite juice — preferably homemade or organic.
Make Noni Tea
If mixing noni with your juice or tea still isn’t quite doing it for you, try the special Noni Iced Tea recipe we’ve developed here at Hawaiian Organic Noni! The recipe is naturally-sweetened, allergy-friendly, and totally organic.
You start by pureeing Noni Fruit Leather with water, and then add apple juice, more water, and cinnamon for a complex, fresh, naturally sweet flavor. We serve this tea at the start of every farm tour, and it’s always a hit!
Create a Signature Smoothie Blend
You can also add Noni Fruit Leather to a smoothie blend, where the flavor will almost totally camouflage behind the other fruits you added. It’s particularly good in green smoothies and smoothies with lots of other tropical fruits.
Tip: Start your smoothie blend with just your liquid (water, juice, coconut water, or nut milk), your piece of noni fruit leather, and any vegetables you want to add. Blending these first helps make sure there aren’t any chunks of noni or vegetables in the final smoothie.
Once you have a smoothly blended liquid, add your fruit, thickeners, and other flavorings.
Try Noni Banana Fruit Leather
We also make a different version of our Noni Fruit Leather, which is the same as our regular recipe, but with the addition of real banana. The banana adds extra potassium, so you get all the beneficial compounds of noni, plus all the goodness of ripe banana.
Most importantly, the banana gives the fruit leather a more balanced, sweeter flavor. You can still get your daily dose of noni without having to work too hard to disguise the flavor — we do the work for you! You can also use Noni Banana Fruit Leather in any of the above ways!
Use Noni as a Bleu Cheese Substitute
Some people have difficulty mixing noni fruit’s unusual flavor profile with sweeter flavors, and do better getting their noni from a savory source. Noni actually makes a great bleu cheese substitute in dressings, salads, and dips!
We’ve developed a few recipes that use noni as a bleu cheese substitute. These recipes give you the flavor of bleu cheese, totally vegan and without the fat. Click here to take a look!
DON’T Switch to Noni Juice
Pure noni juice all on its own actually has a stronger, more pungent flavor than the raw fruit or the dehydrated raw pulp we use to make our Noni Fruit Leather. That’s because the process of making noni juice involves fermenting the fruit.
That’s why you don’t usually see pure noni juice. Most of the time, it’s heavily diluted, with added sweeteners to mask the taste. That alone would make noni juice a poor substitute for any of the above methods, where you control what you add to your noni.
Noni juice is also a perishable product. It’s usually pasteurized at high heat, which destroys many of the beneficial compounds present in raw noni. In particular, the enzymes in raw noni fruit, which we carefully preserve in our dehydration process, are destroyed by the heat.
But the problem with noni juice goes deeper than the pasteurization, added sweeteners and dilution. Fermenting noni fruit creates alcohol which dramatically changes the chemical composition of the fruit. It destroys many of the beneficial compounds that make noni so potent.
So no matter how much the taste of noni disagrees with you, don’t switch to noni juice. Try the other methods we’ve suggested, and you’re bound to find a way to look forward to your daily dose of noni.
Did you acquire a taste for noni? Or do you have to get creative to disguise the taste? Let us know in the comments!