What is Miracle Fruit?
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 Fruit contains a glycoprotein called miraculin, which binds to the tongue’s taste buds when the fruit is consumed. Miraculin acts as a sweetness inducer when it comes in contact with acids, causing bitter and sour foods to taste sweet, temporarily. This effect usually lasts between 30 minutes and 2 hours.
The plant was first documented in 1725, when explorers in West Africa observed the local tribes picking the berries and chewing them before meals.
Recently, the fruit has become popular in food tasting events, sometimes referred to as "Miracle Fruit Parties." Partygoers consume sour and bitter foods, such as lemons, radishes, and beer, to experience the dramatic change in taste.
Miracle Fruit is available in three forms: The actual berries (which are usually frozen due to their high perishability), freeze-dried fruit granules, and miracle fruit tablets.
Is Miracle Fruit Safe?
Miracle fruit has no known adverse side effects. Western civilization has known about the fruit for over 275 years; no harmful side effects have been reported.
Miracle fruit tablets have been tested and approved for sale by Japan's Ministry of Health, a government organization comparable to the Food Standards Agency.
How should I consume Miracle Fruit to achieve the desired effect?
In order to ensure you have a dramatic tasting experience, we recommend keeping the product in your mouth for a minimum length of time. This will ensure a sufficient amount of miraculin coats your tongue. Our specific recommendations are as follows:
- Berries : Put one berry in your mouth and gently scrape the fleshy part off the seed. Swirl this around your mouth for 2 minutes before swallowing.
- Freeze-Dried Granules : Place approximately 1 gram of the granules in your mouth and let them slowly dissolve on and around your tongue. Wait at least one minute before swallowing.
- Tablets : Place one tablet in your mouth and gently swirl it around with your tongue until dissolved.
How long will it take for my product to arrive?
Tablet and granule orders are generally are processed within two business days. Once shipped, the package will usually arrive at the destination in 1-5 days (depending on Royal Mail delivery time to destination).
For information on the turnaround time for other products, please visit the specific product page for up-to-date information.
What is your return policy?
Due to the perishable nature of the products, all sales are final once the order has shipped.