We came home yesterday to a pleasant surprise. We have dozens of miracle fruit berries ripe! They need to be eaten because they have a short life span. Read on for a bit more info about this awesome little berry.
When the fleshy part of the fruit is eaten, the fruit reacts with the taste buds in the tongue, causing sour foods to taste sweet. You eat the fruit as you would eat a fresh cherry, except keep it in your mouth for about 30 seconds before discarding the pit. It tastes good.
The fruit works by distorting the shape of sweetness receptors so that they become responsive to acids, instead of sugar and other sweet things. This effect lasts 15-30 minutes. I've been growing the plant for years, and it's finally mature enough to produce berries!
It is completely natural
It grows naturally all over Africa
It is not genetically engineered
It is not a type of tribal drug or voodoo magic
It is not some new fad
It's organic because I don't use pesticides in my garden
So, on to my personal testimony about eating my first berry a few months ago.........
I the berry like it was a cherry. It was over in about 30 seconds and was kind of uneventful. The taste was like a cross between a cranberry and mellon and the taste didn't linger...it went away after 30 more seconds and I didn't think it was working because my mouth didn't taste sweet.
Then, I gave a lemon wedge a lick. It tasted like very sweet lemonaide. Then I ate the whole lemon. The sour didn't make my lips pucker...it tasted like the lemon had sugar injected into every single little bit of pulp.
Then I ate a lime. Same exact reaction.
Then I ate an M&M...it tasted no different than normal because this fruit only reacts with acidic flavors.
Then I ate tobasco sauce...it was like sweet BBQ sauce. My throat could still feel that it was spicy, but the flavor was sweet.
I could ramble on....but I won't. Go ahead and google Miracle Fruit. It's scientific name (genus and species) is Synsepalum dulcificum.