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Synsepalum dulcificum, Richardella dulcifica, Miracle Fruit

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 Synsepalum dulcificum, Richardella dulcifica
Family: Sapotaceae
Miracle Fruit
Origin: Ghana
Large shrub 5-10 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.EdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This is an oval to pyramidal shaped bush. Simple, alternate 3-5 leaves clustered at branch tips. At maturity it will reach seven feet. 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 subcordatum.

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 Synsepalum dulcificum, Richardella dulcifica, Miracle Fruit

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Miracle Fruit - 7 months. Photo by Brian (Lancaster, PA)

7 months growth, 1 gallon container

Rick
pbg, fl, usa
USDA Zone:11
20 Nov 2014
The hope was to find someone commenting about planting his or her MF tree here in S. FL. The soil it ends up is not very conducive to growing pomelos, and the hope was to forgo the issues associated with losing a tree. Three of the four pomelos growing outside the house in my back yard aren't doing so well. Two of those trees have lost all their leaves! They are slow-growing just like the MF tree, too. The MF tree is doing well in the pot in which it's planted! It started baring fruit last year, and its latest batch appear to be abundant!
Alan
Sonoma, CA USA
USDA Zone:9
9 Jun 2009
It is so dry here in California that I put my miracle fruit plant inside a 15 gallon pot of coco coir and covered it with a small zippered portable greenhouse [to work as a humidity dome] and I keep it in my greenhouse. This barely provides enough humidity! I NEVER fertilize. I mist the plant all the time and use diluted alcohol to take care of the mealy bugs that love this plant. It seems to like afternoon shade.
The seeds sprout easily in high humidity and are extremely slow growing. Do not fertilize them.

The bright red drupes taste like a cherry strawberry combo with honey on it. Swish the flesh all around in your mouth. Then eat some citrus. Grapefruit becomes the most delicious fruit you have ever eaten. Completely sweet and free of bitter. Everyone agrees this is amazing.
Lemons and limes are sweet beyod belief.

We always have lots of leaves that are partially dried up. Don't know why, but it doesn't stop the 3 or 4 fruiting flushes each year. This really is a plant worth growing.
Brian
Lancaster, PA, USA
USDA Zone:6a
20 Nov 2008
I ordered my 1 gallon Miracle Fruit plant from Top Tropicals in May and it's at least doubled in size since then. I mist it every couple days and kept it on an open, east facing porch over the summer. It's been in the kitchen in front of a south facing window since then. I use tap water, and once a month I completely wash it out by pouring a gallon of water into the pot and letting drain... otherwise I water as usual, not letting the soil completely dry out on top. I posted the picture 'May - November' above. If someone could contact me on how to take cuttings, I'd love to grow more!
Jeremy
Dublin, CA, USA
9 Nov 2008
Its been about 6 months and it grows really slow. I ordered the 1 gal but it came very small and not at all ready to bear fruit. In fact its living well but its still only about 7 inches and not close to bearing fruit. Sucks but i blame myself since im not sure how to grow plats too well. I baby this thing hoping that i can learn from it.

Still waiting but optimistic.
Rico
Grant-Valkaria, Fl
USDA Zone:9b
6 Jun 2008
This is an easy to grow, pest free bush that produces small cherry like fruit. I have had one growing for several years.
Gently chew the flesh off the seed, swish around in your mouth for about a minute, then take a bite out of a sour citrus. Everything is amazingly sweet. It is now used in the health care field. Look up on the internet for the lengthy details.
Steve Holladay
West Lafayette IN, USA
9 Mar 2008
I tried the marcial fruit while studing abroad in Costa Rica, it was the most amazing sensation my taste buds have ever experienced!
Jessi
Leavenworth, WA
USDA Zone:5
29 Feb 2008
Has your Miracle fruit put out fruit yet?
Ricky J.
Racine, WI, USA
USDA Zone:5
26 Apr 2007
Last summer a Sugar Apple, Miracle Fruit and a Cattley Guava arrived from Florida. My favorite of the bunch was the miracle fruit. I was overjoyed to add this plant to my collection of around fifteen tropical fruit trees! (I had in my greenhouse 2 Carambola trees, a Cattley Guava, Surinam Cherry, lime, 2 Meyer lemons, Mamey Sapote, Passion Fruit-vine, Mandarin Orange, Calamondin Orange, Cacao, Guava, 2 Macadamia trees, one Oroblanco Grapefruit, and a Dragon Fruit). The miracle fruit is not to fussy about its growing conditions. It needs full sun, good drainage, and a frost free climate. I did have some problems with scale insects, but a spray of a bit of rubbing alcohol, some soap and alot of water will rid you of these pests. I was away from my house for several weeks and didn't water any of my trees. When I returned my Mamey Sapote and my Guava were wilting. But, amazingly the miracle fruit was alive and FLOWERING!!!


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Miracle Fruit - unique fruit makes sour taste sweet.
It is one of the strangest tropical fruits. 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. 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 sweet sensation lasts for half an hour to a few hours.
See Article about this plant.
See Growing instructions for this plant
See picture of 1 gal plant for sale
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Mango-Food - Smart Release Fruit Tree Booster
SUNSHINE-Honey - sugar booster
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Grown in 6"/1 gal pot

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Synsepalum dulcificum - Miracle Fruit, 3 gal pot

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Miracle Fruit - unique fruit makes sour taste sweet.
It is one of the strangest tropical fruits. 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. A natural chemical in the fruit masks the tongue sour taste buds so that lemons taste like lemonade or lemon pie, or lemon candy. The sweet sensation lasts for half an hour to a few hours.
See picture of actual plant for sale.
See Article about this plant.
See Growing instructions for this plant
RECOMMENDED FERTILIZERS:
Fruit Festival Plant Food - Super Crop Booster
Mango-Food - Smart Release Fruit Tree Booster
SUNSHINE-Honey - sugar booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
California certification

Most of our plants are certified for shipping to California, however, certain plants are not certified. Please do not order not-certified plants to California addresses. These plants may be added to CA certification in the future; please contact us for more information.



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Grown in 10"/3 gal pot

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Synsepalum dulcificum, Miracle Fruit - seeds

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Miracle Fruit - unique fruit makes sour taste sweet.
It is one of the strangest tropical fruits. 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. A natural chemical in the fruit masks the tongues sour taste buds so that lemons taste like lemonade or lemon pie, or lemon candy. The sweet sensation lasts for half an hour to a few hours.
Seeds require scarification.
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Myco Mix - pro-mix with Mycorrhiza
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