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Nono, the Wonder Crop
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medicinal usage dating back some 2000 years or more, seeds capable of covering hundreds of kilometres in water and a rich fruit containing more than 150 compounds.

Morinda citrifolia is a small, hardy tree that grows in sandy areas along tropical coasts (French Polynesia and Hawaii). It is recognisable from its broad, shiny leaves, white flowers and, above all, its fruits that resemble small pomegranates. The fruit is green initially, turning yellow as it matures - the Nonos also known as “Indian Cherrie” by the Anglo-Saxons or “Cheese
fruits”, due to the strong odour released by the mature fruit.

The originality and beauty of this plant is further enhanced by exceptional phytochemistry. Terpenes and anthraquionones, alkaloids, coumarines, sugars, vitamins and trace elements - so
many compounds, which, thanks to their variety and richness, account for the numerous properties attributed to the nono.

Place/country: Polynesia,
Type: Documentary
Duration: 23 minutes
Credits: Julie Taripo (director), Moana Vaevae (participant),
Mana Productions (publisher), Jeane Matenga (producer),
Published in: 2001

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