Synsepalum subcordatum, Giant Miracle Fruit

Synsepalum subcordatum

Giant Miracle Fruit
Family: Sapotaceae
Origin: West Africa
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterEdible plantEthnomedical plant.
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Fruit makes sour taste sweet! A large shrub or small tree that looks like Miracle Fruit shrub, but taller plant. It is larger leaf variety, with bigger fruit, the plant grows into a small tree. It is more productive variety than Synsepalum dulcificum, especially in young age. At maturity it will reach 10-15 feet and more(20-30 y.o. plants), but normally it's 4-5 ft shrub. Inconspicuous, brown 1/2 in flowers. Red, 1 in football-shaped fruit, sweet, pleasant tasting. It fruits when only 1 ft tall. Miracle fruit produces small red fruits several times each year. The "miracle" is that if lemon or other sour fruit is eaten after the miracle fruit, the sour fruit tastes sweet. 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. The fruit has a unique glyco protein that inhibits tastebuds' perception of sour taste for half an hour to a couple of hours. Enhances flavor of grapefruit, strawberries, and makes beer taste like a malta soft drink. Has been used as an appetite stimulant for persons taking chemotherapy medicines. Freezes whole for preservation. Prefers acid soil such as Canadian Peat Moss, minor nutrients. Seed to fruit in 2 to 5 years. Flower to fruit in 30 to 45 days The sweet sensation lasts from 20 minutes to 4 hours. Miracle fruit must have acid soil, is frost sensitive, and requires partial shade. It is an excellent choice for a containerized tree, which gives it the added benefit of mobility. Fill a container with a 50:50 mix of peat moss and perlite; this combination will create an acidic environment with good drainage.

See related species - Synsepalum dulcificum.

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