We went to our chef Jimmie Gray to test out these berries.
He prepared a testing sampler of bitter foods so that we could see exactly how
these "miracle" berries altered your sense of taste:
Chef James Gray with flavor tripping sampler
Ingesting the miracle berries
The berries are not unpleasant in taste with a pulpy inside
and a chewy skin with a large seed inside. The idea is to chew-up the skin
and flash and let it sit on your tongue until you feel your taste buds going
It's true you can immediately feel numbness on your tongue, just like
It just takes a minute for the berries to numb your bitter
taste buds, so get ready because everything will taste sweet! We did this
sampler of bitter foods:
A bitter food sampler platter for a flavor tripping party
Cider vinegar tastes like apple juice
You can eat a lemon like an orange, no puckering, and
it tastes like lemonade candy
Tabasco sauce and Texas Pete taste unworldly, not hot,
until it hits the edges of your tongue
Sour limes become sweet and refreshing
Bitter citrus was a flavor tripping favorite
Far and away, the taster said that super sour
flavors like key lime juice, sour lemon and lime were amazing. Plus,
grapefruit taste like sweet candy!
Grow your own Miracle Fruit
Here is a video on how to how your own Miracle fruit.
He says he got the plant from
Rivers End nursery (Curtis Mosey) in South Texas.
Common Names: “Miracle Fruit”,
“Miracle Berry”, belongs to Sapotaceae family from Tropical West Africa.
Coming from hot, wet tropical lowlands, the plant is intolerant of frost and
should be considered a container plant except in southern Florida and Hawaii.
Older plants can survive a light frost but it is best to avoid it if possible.
Miracle fruit is a marvelous conversation plant that does well in a container.
Outdoors it is said to do best in partial shade.
Damage Temperature: Below 28oF
Growth Habit: Miracle fruit is an
evergreen bush or tree growing to 18 ft. in its native habitat, but rarely to 5
The plant has deep green, elongated leaves which grow in a spire-like habit.
Both regular and large-leaf and a hairy-leaf form are known.
The small 1/4 inch white flowers of miracle fruit are produced in flushes
through many months of the year. Flower to fruit in 30 to 45 days.
The fruit is a small bright red, ellipsoid berry approximately 2 to 3 cm long
and containing a single seed. Although not sweet itself, when a single fruit is
eaten and the fleshy pulp allowed to coat the taste buds of the tongue and
inside of the mouth, an extraordinary effect occurs. The fruit will now allow
one to eat a slice of lemon or lime without wincing. The marvelous aroma and
inherent sweetness of the citrus remains but the sourness is almost completely
covered. The effect remains for some 30 minutes or more.
Location: Miracle fruit is
frost sensitive, and requires partial shade. It is an excellent choice for a
containerized tree, which gives it the added benefit of mobility. As an indoor
plant, provide the plant with bright light such as a well lit window. In the
summer the plant can be moved with care to a warm, lightly shaded spot.
An acid soil is a must for miracle fruit. They prefer a soil acidity of pH 4.5
to 5.8. This can be achieved by planting in equal parts Canadian acid peat and
pine bark. Also 50:50 mix of peat moss and perlite will give excellent result.
This combination will create an acidic environment with good drainage. Allow
the roots of the plant to fill the container before transplanting into a larger
Be sure that the soil is well draining as the plants do not like to sit in wet
soils. Coming from a tropical climate they need highly humid conditions. When
indoors, especially during the winter months, a small clear plastic bag put
around the plant and supported by wood or a wire frame is helpful in maintaining
humidity. Also, placing the plant container on a tray with stones on the bottom
and filled with water to the top of the stones will add humidity to the local
area. Misting the leaves with good water also helps.
Use a water soluble fertilizer such as Miracid and feed every 2 weeks. Use
sparingly with frequency dependent on the growing season, fertilizing more
frequently during the summer months.
In general, there is no need to prune the miracle fruit plant.
Propagation of miracle fruit is usually either by seed or cuttings. As the seed
viability is short, plant the cleaned seed immediately just below the soil line
using a well draining soil mixture. Keep warm and always lightly moist with
high humidity and bright light. Seed to fruit in 2 to 5 years.
Pests and diseases: Watch for mealybugs, spider mites and other indoor potted plant
pests. Waterlogged plant will succumb to root rot.
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