The article above is a very interesting one. I am sure it will give you some ideas to grow your own miracle berry plants!
“Miracle berries are a type of tropical fruit that grows from the skin of the mangosteen tree (Prunus armeniaca). They taste like pineapple with a hint of strawberry.” – Wikipedia
I have read many different things about this fruit, but nothing could be further from truth.
A few years ago when I was living in Hawaii, I saw a man selling them at a roadside stand. He had several boxes full of them and they were priced between $5-$10 each. At first, I thought they must be fake because no one would pay that much money for something so strange looking. But then I remembered my trip to Hawaii where I bought a bunch of these fruits myself!
And they tasted just like the ones he was advertising!
So I decided to buy a box or two of them. When I got home, I opened up the boxes and found that they were not filled with plastic but rather with real mangosteens. These were not any ordinary mangosteens either; they were large, round, and red in color. They looked exactly like those that are sold at roadside stands here in Hawaii!
They seemed too good to be true too!
What was this man’s secret?
I had to know.
When I returned to the stand the next day, I approached him and began asking him questions. I told him that I was a writer and that I wanted to do an article on him for the newspaper. At first he seemed suspicious of me, but after a while, he opened up when he noticed that I was just as curious about his mangosteens as everyone else.
He said that in his country of birth, these fruits were common and could be found for sale everywhere. You could stand on a street corner and buy these delicious fruits right off the street venders for less than the cost of a bottle of soda! He said he continued to bring them over here because they reminded him of his home and served as a reminder of better times.
I don’t know if I necessarily believe his story simply because he seems a little addled at times. But I do know this: He grows and sells the best mangosteens I have ever tasted! And for that, I will continue to be one of his customers!
Miracle berry fruit is truly an amazing fruit. Not only does it pack a sweet taste, but it has significant health benefits as well.
If you have ever eaten a miracle berry before, then you know that it tricks your taste buds into thinking that everything you eat is sweet. The reason why the miracle berry (also called the miracle fruit) does this, is because it contains a glycoprotein called “miraculin” which is not affected by heat or digestion. When this protein comes in contact with either your saliva or the juices in your mouth, it changes the way your taste buds react to certain foods. It makes things that are typically not sweet, taste sweet.
The effect can last up to an hour and will continue to trigger your taste buds with each bite of food. Some say the effect can last up to a few hours after you eat the berry as well.
These berries are most commonly eaten by popping the whole berry into your mouth and chewing it briefly before swallowing. Others prefer to make a tea or cocktail with the berry, which is said to heighten the effect.
For those who are curious, here is a short list of some of the foods that you would NEVER want to eat if you did not have miraculin around.
Asparagus Cabbage Onions Spinach Lentils Mushrooms Garlic Broccoli Peas Green (raw) potatoes
Most of these foods have little to no taste when eaten by themselves.
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Chemical profile of leaves and roots of miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) by VN Osabor, RA Etiuma, MU Ntinya – Chemical Science International …, 2016 – journalcsij.com
Richard Wagner and the politics of music-drama by M Berry – Historical Journal, 2004 – JSTOR
Phytosynthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using miracle fruit plant (Synsepalum dulcificum) for antimicrobial, catalytic, anticoagulant, and thrombolytic … by A Lateef, MA Akande, MA Azeez, SA Ojo… – Nanotechnology …, 2016 – degruyter.com
Noni (Morinda citrifolia L), the miracle fruit–A holistic review by P Rethinam, K Sivaraman – Intl J Noni Res, 2007 – nonifamily.net
Christians in Science: Looking Back-and Forward. by M JEEVES, RJSAM BERRY – Science & Christian Belief, 2015 – search.ebscohost.com
Understanding the political motivations that shape Rwanda’s emergent developmental state by L Mann, M Berry – New Political Economy, 2016 – Taylor & Francis
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