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Feb 5, 2007 04:45 PM

Miracle Fruit -- anyone tried?


Just read about this miracle fruit or miraculous berry (Sideroxylon dulcificum/Synsepalum dulcificum Daniell), native to West Africa, that apparently changes taste buds so that sour/bitter foods (lemons, limes, etc.) taste simply amazing.

If anyone knows about US sources that might sell this let me know!


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  1. Yes, I was just about to blog about this fruit.

    Miracle fruit is supposed to alter one's sense of taste for a short while, masking bitter and sour, making them taste like candy.

    1. I tasted it once. Absolutely amazing. We had some miracle fruit and then bit into lemon wedges--and they tasted like sugar.

      1. I tried it on my 40th birthday. I was instantly 20 again. I'll never do it again.

        1. where did you gusy try it? anyone know where to buy some miracle fruit? particularly in NYC

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          1. re: jaz4444

            yes an NYC source would be great -- a post i read online had a picture of a jar with japanese writing on it. apparently miracle fruit is quite popular there as a diet food (will definitely look for it when i go in april). Maybe I should ask with local japanese groceries?

            1. re: jaz4444

              Sorry, I had it in Australia--at the Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm.

              There's more info on their website:

              1. re: jaz4444

                Miracle Fruit is illegal in The States. I think I read something about the sugar industry lobbying extremely hard to suppress it because in Asia they use it for dieting (getting that sugar taste without ingesting sugar). You can find some importers and I've seen them for sale on eBay.

                1. re: FoxyWiles

                  Google "buy miracle fruit" and you'll get a lot of hits. Not illegal. But it does seem easier to buy a plant/tree and grow your own or buy miracle fruit tablets than it does to buy the actual berries. But I did find a place that sold the actual berries on the web a few months ago. They were expensive, but supposedly it only takes one.

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