Indian Mulberry

Indian Mulberry
(Morinda citrifolia)

Indian Mulberry


Pick very young leaves and ripe fruits that are soft, have a noticeable odor, and have started turning white in color.


Keep fruits and leaves in a dry, well-ventilated place. Leaves can be dried for longer storage.


  • Wash plants well before use.
  • Fruits can be eaten raw and traditionally eaten as a famine food.
  • Leaves can be cooked in soups and with other foods for flavoring.
  • Fruits can be squeezed to make fruit juice or fermented fruit juice.
  • Dried leaves or fruits can be made into infusions and teas and used as local medicines.
  • (Nelson, 2006; Rody, 1982)

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Indian Mulberry

Mulberry, or noni, grows from a small tree with white flowers, large dark green leaves, and bumpy fruits. The fruit has seeds wrapped around flesh that is yellowish-white in color and has a strong odor when ripe. The leaves and fruits are traditionally used for medicine in the Pacific islands (Bailey, 1992; Nelson, 2006).

Traditional Names
  • Chamorro – lada; noni
  • Chuukese – noni
  • Hawaiian – noni
  • Kosraen – i
  • Marshallese – nen, nin
  • Palauan – ngel
  • Pohnpeian – weipwul
  • Samoan – non, nonu atogi, gogu atogi
  • Yapese – mangal’weg