What is noni juice?
Noni juice is a tropical drink derived from the fruit of the Morinda citrifolia tree.This tree and its fruit grow among lava flows in Southeast Asia, especially in Polynesia. Noni is a lumpy, mango-sized fruit that is yellow in color. It’s very bitter and has a distinct odor that is sometimes compared to stinky cheese.
People in Polynesia have been using the fruit for health purposes for much longer. The juice is supposed to have several health benefits, and preliminary lab studies using mice showed some anti-cancer benefit in conjunction with chemotherapy. As for humans, the benefits have so far been anecdotal, but the juice remains popular as a general health supplement. It also remains somewhat pricey in many cases, and storing your juice has to be done properly.
Noni juice is fairly acidic, like a lot of fruit juices, but noni has a special requirement. Don’t store noni juice in plastic.
Container Color and Refrigeration
Any noni juice that you’ll be using rather quickly can be stored in a clear container. Again, the clear glass or plastic container that a commercial preparation came in is fine to use. But note that excessive exposure to light can degrade noni juice.
Of course, most noni juice needs to be in the refrigerator, so for much of the time, the container will be in the dark assuming your fridge light doesn’t malfunction and stay on. But for fermented products or those products bottled to be shelf-stable, the noni juice might live much of its life on a light-filled shelf. In that case, finding a larger container that is opaque, and storing the bottles in there, is best.
Pay attention to the instructions on the bottle that you get regarding shelf life, usage, and storage. Store the rest of the juice, extract, powder, or other preparation properly, and you’ll be able to enjoy the juice for a long time.
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