Miracle fruit Facts

Miracle Fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum), sometimes known as the Miracle Berry, is a plant native to West Africa. The berry has a mildly sweet flavor; however, the fruit is treasured not for its own taste, but for the fruit’s unique effect on the taste buds. Miracle berries are tasteless, but they have a sweet effect on sour foods. Limes, lemons, and even vinegar, taste sweet if they are eaten after a Miracle berry. This sensation occurs, because an active glycoprotein molecule called, miraculin, attaches to the taste buds and alters the sweet receptors on the tongue and changes sour flavors to sweet flavors. This flavor alteration can last from five to thirty minutes.

Name Miracle Fruit
Scientific Name Synsepalum dulcificum
Native Native of tropical west and west central Africa.
Common/English Name Magic Berry, Miracle Berry, Miracle Fruit, Miraculous Berry, Sweet Berry.
Name in Other Languages Norwegian: Mirakelfrukt
French : Fruit Miraculaix
West Africa : Taami
Catalan: Fruita miracle
Swedish: Mirakelfrukt
Japanese: Mirakuru furuutsu
Chinese: Bian wei guo
Vietnamese: Cay than ky
Czech: Zázračné ovoce
Slovanian: Čudežne jagode
Dutch: Mirakelbes
Polish: Cudowny owoc
French: Fruit miraculeux
Italian: Frutto dei miracoli
Malay: Buah ajaib
Danish: irakelbær, Mirakelfrugt
Russian: Magicheskij frukt
Croatian: Čudotvorna bobica
German : Wunderbeere
Spanish: Baya mágica
German: Wunderbeere
Estonian: Magustav imemari
Portuguese: Fruta de milagro
Hungarian: Čudesno voće
Plant Growth Habit Bushy, evergreen shrub
Growing Climate Warm to hot, wet to humid environment free from frost. Grow in full sun but thrives best under partial shade
Soil Well-drained, acidic soil. It is intolerant of alkaline conditions and water-logging.
Plant Size 1.8 and 4.5 meters (6 to 15 feet) in height
Leaf Alternate, clustered at the branch tip, on short petioles; lamina 5–15 cm long, 2–4 cm wide, obovate-lanceolate to broadly lanceolate, bluntly pointed at apex, tapering towards the base, glossy green, with eight pairs of lateral veins.
Flower Bisexual, white, small, solitary or in small clusters of 2–4 on slender pedicels in leaf axils. Calyx is five-lobed, 5 mm long, ribbed with triangular lobes; corolla as long as calyx, white, tubular, 5-parted. small, 6–7.5 mm, with 5 mm long, ribbed, 5-lobed calyx4-5 lobed, white.
Fruit Shape & Size Ovoid to oblong berry, 2–2.5 cm long, 1 cm wide, finely pubescent, with a persistent protruding style
Fruit Color Green turning bright red when ripe
Flesh Color White
Flavor/Aroma Mildly sweet flavor
Taste Bland in taste
Seed Single dark brown ellipsoid seed
Health Benefits
  • Chemotherapy
  • Change the horrible taste of certain medicines
  • Weight loss
  • Good for Diabetics
  • Great health supplement
  • Effective food enhancer
  • Treats cancer
  • Improves well-being