We talk a lot about the ancient Polynesians and how they used raw noni fruit, internally and externally, to maintain good health and heal a variety of ailments. But how did they learn how to use it?
Of course, it’s hard to be sure exactly—after all, this was thousands of years ago! But we talked to some University of Hawaii ethnobotanists who visited the farm a few years back, and they gave us their take on how noni might have been discovered. We also did our own research, to try to bring you the most complete picture of how Noni was discovered, and what today’s noni-lovers can learn from the fruit’s history.