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Synsepalum dulcificum

Miracle fruit

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    Description

    Synsepalum dulcificum (Miracle fruit). Miracle fruit is an evergreen bush or tree growing to 18 ft. in its native habitat, but rarely to 5 ft. otherwise. Simple, alternate 3- 5 leaves clustered at branch tips. The small 1/4 inch white flowers of miracle fruit are produced in flushes through many months of the year. The fruit is a small bright red, flashy, ellipsoid berry approximately 1" long and containing a single seed.

    Interest and use

    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 lasts for 1-2 hours or more. It was used as a substitute artificial sweetening and help cancer patients to mask flavors.

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      Cultivation

      Flower to fruit takes 30 to 45 days and it is sometimes grown as an indoor plant in non-tropical regions. Fruit is produced throughout the year and hundreds of berries can be harvested from a single plant. Freezes whole for preservation.

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