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Miracle Fruit
(Synsepalum dulcificum)

Fruit are very small red berries which act on the sour taste buds to make sour tasting food taste sweet. Comes from West Africa. Enjoy a lemon as if it was an orange.

 

Soil
Characteristics
Acid, moist soils are preferred.
Climate Requirements Warm humid areas - can grow in most parts of the tropics and subtropics. Killed by frosts.

Culture

Shade and wind protection are needed when young. Shrubs are slow growing to 3 meters. Usually grown from seed.
Harvesting Can bear at any time in Northern Australia. Dormant phases generally last 4 to 6 weeks. Flowers to fruit takes only 3-4 weeks.
Length of time
until first crop
Four years.
Marketing Notes Not a commercial species although there have been some reports of medical use to ease the taste of yukky medicine. A great plant to boggle guests taste buds, but not before the beer.

 

Food Preparation

You should eat the berries immediately on picking. We have found that if they are stored in the refrigerator for a day or so, they often lose their effectiveness in changing the tastebuds.

 

 

 

Further information

Californian Rare Fruit Growers: Fruit Facts - Miracle Fruit
This page describes the plant in detail and how to grow it.

The Miracle Fruit Blog - Watch the video of trying the berry, and the story of how miracle fruit were banned in the USA in the 1970s.

Rare Fruit Australia - Rare Fruit Review 2006 - 'Its a Miracle' by Ian and Dawn Wilson

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