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Miracle Fruit

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I was surprised to not see any threads about this in the past year...is it such old news to Chowhounders in Seattle?

Anyway- has anyone here ever had any experience with "Miracle Fruit" (Synsepalum Dulcificum)? Does it live up to the hype?

There was a recent piece in the NYT about "Tasting Parties" that got me interested. Does anyone know of any LOCAL sources for miracle fruit (or tablets)? There are lots of on-line mail order sources, but I'm not sure how much I trust them.

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  1. Food Dude on www.portlandfoodanddrink.com just posted about a Miracle Fruit party he hosted. My friend just recently tried the tablets and said it was awesome! I think both she and Food Dude purchased their "fruit" online or via phone order.

    1. This is an excellent question. One would think that in a place with such diverse and plentiful produce available, we'd have some of this. But I've looked high and low and asked around at Pike Place and nobody knows where I can find any other than online!

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      1. re: dkcaudill

        According to the NY Times article mentioned above, even in NYC, you have to special/mail order it from Florida (so it probably doesn't grow well here). "The fruit is highly perishable and expensive — a single berry goes for $2 or more." Sounds interesting though!

        http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/28/din...

        1. re: christy319

          two dollars a berry? I need to get a greenhouse!