Ancient peoples of what is now known as French Polynesia, colonized islands throughout the South Pacific. As they made their voyages from island to island in the ocean-going canoes, they brought with them sacred plants from their home islands. These plants contained the basic foods, construction materials and medicines used by the Polynesian colonizers. Perhaps the most important of these plants is known as Morinda citrifolia . Ancient manuscripts handed down from generation to generation, describe many uses for this plant.
This plant is known among the people of the tropics world-wide. In Malaysia, it is known as Mengkudu . In Southeast Asia it is known as Nhau . In the islands of the South Pacific the plant is known as Nonu , in Samoa and Tonga. Nono in Raratonga and Tahiti, and Noni in the Marquesas Islands and Hawaii. Here it has become and integral part of the Polynesian culture. An important source of food, the fruit of the Morinda citrifolia tree has been used for centuries as a food source. Early Polynesians recognized its pure value and consumed it in times of famine.
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Tahitian Noni Internaional
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We opened our doors for business in July 1996 with a single product—TAHITIAN NONI® Juice. We knew the health benefits of noni were powerful, but nothing could have prepared us for the explosive growth that followed.
The effectiveness of TAHITIAN NONI products has led to incredible growth and expansion. Our first year’s sales totaled well over $6 million; now, less than 10 years later, our yearly sales exceed $500 million. Tahitian Noni International does business in over 70 countries and has a wide offering of noni-based products, including healthy menu selections found at seven Tahitian Noni Cafés™ worldwide.
We have adopted the heritage of Tahiti as our own and do all we can to preserve the purity of her lands and people. The Tahitians are our full partners in bringing the benefits of noni to the world, and their economy has benefited tremendously from the jobs and growth the noni fruit has produced.