2 LIVE AMAZING MIRACLE FRUIT TREE 2 Seedlings Edible Berry Synsepalum dulcificum
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heard of Synsepalum dulcificum, the miracle fruit that turns sour into sweet!
Native to Ghana (Tropical West
a.k.a. Miracle Berry
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small live seedlings with vigorous root systems 3-5 inches tall with * leaves born and grown in
Ships as shown in pot.
FAMILY : Sapotaceae
TYPE/USES : evergreen shrub
SIZE : 6' - 12'
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS : filtered light
WATER REQUIREMENTS : average
MIN. TEMP. : low 30's
FLOWER : warmer months
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Miracle fruit is difficult plant to locate and is usually found only
in a collectors garden.
A relatively tasteless berry with an
amazing side-effect. After eating one miracle fruit, sour things will instantly taste
sweet. Eating even the sourest of lemons, one will taste only sugary sweetness. The effect
lasts an hour or two. The miracle fruit is a remarkable natural sweetener that is
virtually unknown to much of the world.
Miracle Fruit thrives best in partial shade. When plants are small they
are subject to frost damage, so they should be container-grown and kept
indoors or moved to protected locations when frost or freeze threatens.
Older plants may sustain some leaf and minor twig damage, but may
sustain cooler temperatures without being killed. Although not thought
to be frost tolerant, the synsepalum plants have been observed growing in Florida
in protected from wind locations as far north as Tampa.
There are 2
known species of synsepalum that carry miracle fruits. Synsepalum dulcificum is a
smaller-leaf version (leaves are narrow), and is somewhat slower growing plant.
subcordatum (Giant Miracle Fruit) is a larger leaf variety, and grows into a small
tree. The fruit are slightly bigger than those of s. dulcificum, and are produced
more profusely, especially in first years. With age, the fruit crop amounts of these two
species become about the same.
This small, evergreen shrub grows very
slowly to a height of 4-6 ft in container, and 10-15 ft in natural habitat. Eventual size
depends on where the plant is grown; a 10 years old plant might be easily only 4-5 feet
tall. It forms an oval to pyramidal shaped bush or small tree.
Inconspicuous brown-and-white 1/2 inch flowers are
followed by bright scarlet, 1 inch football-shaped fruit, sweet and pleasant tasting. Most
of the fruit is taken up by a single large seed, but the pulp around it can be nibbled off
and then for the next hour or so, anything one eats that is sour has a sweet
flavor. The plant starts fruiting when only 1 ft tall. It produces fruit
practically year around. In native habitat, two large crops are available yearly, each
after a rainy season. The mature bushes usually have a few fruits hanging around all year.
Seed to fruit in 2 to 3 years. Flower to fruit in 30 to 45 days.
One of the many virtues of miracle fruit is its ease
of cultivation, although, like with any plant, it would be nice if you learn its likes and
dislikes before inviting it into your home or garden.
growing bush or small tree to 15ft. Needs acidic soil and is intolerant to alkaline
conditions. Will tolerate minimal frost when full grown, but needs lots of water year
round. The miracle fruit cannot be grown outside in the United States except Southern
Florida, but it makes an easy house plant. Fruit is produced throughout the year and
hundreds of berries can be harvested from a single plant. Fruit is produced throughout the
year and hundreds of berries can be harvested from a single plant.
berry with tasteless flesh but an amazing side effect that will make sour things taste
sweet. The effect lasts for an hour or two. After eating a single miracle fruit, you can
eat a lemon raw without puckering! Small bush or tree, tropical, will survive slight
frosts. Easily container grown. Filtered light with some direct sun is good. Fertilize it
once a month with liquid fertilizer. Miracle fruit is not an indoor plant. A.C. and
heaters dry out the air too much for them. If you don't have experience growing tropical
plants indoors do some research on the internet for tips.
Avoid freezing temperatures.
THE FUN, THE TRICKS AND
Many people are still unaware of this rare fruit and the effect it could have on enhancing
the quality of their lifestyle.
- Invite your guest to taste the small Miracle Fruit
berry, which is usually liked for its own sweet taste. Then offer them to taste a sour
fruit from your garden collection: lemon, calamondin, key lime, eugenia, amla or any other
sour fruit. They will be amazed at the "new varietys" taste and will be
begging you for a cutting!
Offer the fruit and then a beer. It could kill beer
appetite for more than an hour and makes beer taste like a lemonade. Heavy beer drinkers
can take a brake!
Try to enhance the quality of other fruit. Enjoy the
delights of a bowl of tart strawberries! Lemons taste like lemon sherbet.
Miracle Fruit enhances flavor of grapefruit. A
heavenly breakfast will be provided by a single Miracle Fruit berry before your morning
Organic acids - especially citric acid - are the
substances that are modified to the greatest degree. Battery acid will NOT become a tasty
Miracle Fruit is a great sweet enhancement for
The unique properties of miracle fruit have been used
for an appetite stimulation of persons taking chemotherapy medicines to help them to
remove the metallic taste and return the desire for food.
There are no artificial sweeteners proven absolutely safe. Sugar and other
"natural" sweeteners are hardly to be considered as food with no ill effects.
Miracle fruit is a natural, healthy and harmless sweetener! Due to its safety, it may have
a great potential and practical use in everyday life and become a gift to humanity, a way
to improve our diets and our health.
Unfortunately heat destroys the active principle, so that canning, jams, preserves,
baking, drying, etc. are impossible. The fruits can be held for a short period of time by
refrigeration or freezing.
The fruits themselves are of interest as a commercial source of artificial sweetener;
however, large quantities of berries are needed to collect a substantial amount of the
sweetener. The problem is how to increase the shelf life of the product. The berries are
perishable, and once picked, last only a few days. Methods of shipment are not conducive
to marketing the fruits and commercial cultivation of the plants was unsuccessful so far.
Miracle fruit is one of the
strangest tropical fruits. The most unusual thing about it is the effect
it has on one's taste after this miraculous berry has been consumed. The
“miracle” is that if lemon or other sour food is eaten after the miracle
fruit, the sour tastes sweet, as if sugar has been added. That kind of
magical experience is unforgettable! The interest in this plant is so
high that anyone who has a plant always finds eager volunteers to test
its sweetening properties. A natural chemical in the fruit masks the
tongue’s sour taste buds so that lemons taste like lemonade or lemon
pie, or lemon candy. What causes the miracle? The fruit has a unique
taste changing glycoprotein that inhibits taste buds' perception of sour
taste. The sweet sensation lasts for half an hour to a few hours...
A BIT OF HISTORY
plant was discovered in West Africa, where the native diet revolved around a few basic
foods, mostly of sour taste. Just imagine the delight of the people when someone ate a few
red berries and later ate a meal of sour foods, to find everything suddenly sweet! The
West African natives use the fruit to sweeten sour palm wine (beer) -
fermented maize bread - Kenkey.
This West African wonder was not botanically identified and named until the middle of the
19th century as Synsepalum dulcificum, a member of the family Sapotaceae, relative of the
sapodilla (Manilkara zapota).
If planted in alkaline limestone based soils, the plant may die. These
plants seem to live for acid, thriving in it, and then converting it!
They must have rich, well-drained soils that are acid in pH, with lots
of peat moss, and require constant supply of micronutrients. On alkaline
soils they often are grown in large containers with generous amounts of
peat moss for sustained success in fruiting.
Miracle fruit makes an
excellent container tree, which gives it the added benefit of mobility.
Since it is so easily containerized, almost anyone can grow this plant whether they have
an outside planting area or not.
Miracle fruit can
be a rewarding indoor plant. It is not a fast growing plant, which is another
benefit for those who would like to grow it in their house or greenhouse. It thrives under
warm temperatures, and high humidity. A 10 inch plant is happy in a one gallon pot. One
that size will flower and fruit at least twice a year, probably more frequently.
Native to Ghana (Tropical West
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