There are several varieties of cheese, but who would have thought that a berry could taste like cheese? We’re talking about Indian Mulberry, also known as cheese fruit or noni berries: the greenish-yellow fruit that is found in Indonesia and Australia and cultivated in tropical regions in the world. Though Indian Mulberry is widely consumed, the taste of the ripe berries is bizarre even for cheese. Therefore, the berries have to be heavily diluted with juice.
When the fruit is unripe, it has a spicy, parmesan-like taste. This is the stage when the fruit is tolerably edible to consume. After the fruit turns whiter, then people simply put up with noni berries because of its really amazing health benefits!
Food is medicine, and noni berries are not any different. Rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and high in water content, they can be used to treat various ailments such as common human infections due to the immunity-boosting and anti-microbial properties of the extracts. They have also been used worldwide in health supplements for reducing joint pain as well as bolstering immunity.
Now, this may come as a bit of a surprise, but the irony of the situation is that eating noni berries can also improve oral health when had consistently. It may heal toothache too. Of course, if you are really in pain, you may not even have the energy to complain about the horrible taste of noni juice made at home. After all, noni is such an acquired taste, and all the diluted juice in the world may not give you the same results!
One of the typical ways to consume cheese fruit is to put the extracts in a jar and wait while it ferments in the sun. As the fruit leaves some liquid behind, collect it in a bottle, and each time you want to drink juice, mix one tablespoon of the liquid.
Historically, noni berries were eaten when there was no other food. It is considered to be famine food. While there are no negative side effects of consuming mulberry in daily diet, you must consult your doctor about the quantity intake.