Noni Fruits

Authored by: Scot Nelson

Handbook of Plant-Based Fermented Food and Beverage Technology

Print publication date:  May  2012
Online publication date:  May  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439849040
eBook ISBN: 9781439870693
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b12055-18

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Abstract

Morinda species comprise a useful and widely distributed genus of tropical trees, shrubs, and vines. Most of the approximately 80 species originated from Borneo, New Guinea, Northern Australia, and New Caledonia. At least 20 species, including Morinda citrifolia L. (Rubiacea), have significant modern economic and historical values in the Pacific Islands and in Asia. The buoyant-seeded species such as M. citrifolia became essential components of many tropical coastal and forest ecosystems, where they served important functions as medicines, foods, dyes, or wood for several ancient, indigenous societies (Nelson and Elevitch 2006).

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