On my quest to discover the miracle fruit in stores across the Unites States, I found ten products.
It is not a sweetener but can enhance the sweetness of acidic foods up to 800 times!
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Quick Facts about Miracle Fruit
Miracle fruit is a berry (plant Synsepalum dulcificum or Richardella dulcifica) that contains a protein called miraculin. Miraculin does not taste sweet but binds with sweet receptors on the tongue and enhance up to 800 times the sweetness of acidic foods.
When miraculin comes into contact with acids found in foods such as citrus fruits or vinager, it acts as a sweetener. Lemons taste like lemonade, pineapple and grape fruit taste like candy, and balsamic vinager tastes like a sweet syrup. Try hot sauce or just squeeze a little lemon juice to anything you want to sweeten.
Miraculin is extracted from the fruit's pulp, freeze-dried, and sold in tablet or pill form. Each tablet has from 3 to 5 berries. The beautiful elliptical, bright red whole berries can also be used. The fruit itself has a mild sweetness and look like a cranberry. It is grown in Florida and can be purchased freshly picked (overnight shipping) or freeze-dried. Tablets may be from Taiwan.
The whole berries and tablets are sold for the so-called 'flavor tripping parties' which is a party anyone can organize to taste miracle fruit with a variety of foods. They are also promoted for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Miraculin is said to be able to mask a metalic taste these patients experience in their mouth causing them averse to eating.
Check out a miracle fruit cookbook by an American chef. According to the author, to get started with the fruit, simply remove the seed and consume the berry. If you have a tablet, suck on it like a cough drop. Do not chew. Let it dissolve and coat all areas of the mouth. This will take about 3 minutes.
It has been claimed that miracle berry does not work for everyone and may result in little-to-no impact. Skeptics of the miracle berry say that in nature there is a reason some foods taste good and some do not, and a lot of times things do not taste good because they are not supposed to be consumed in large amounts or are just not good for you.
Products available on Amazon are listed above with their concentration of miracle fruit extract (mg per tablet). Miraland Berry tablets contains miracle fruit powder and nothing else. Most brands of tablets have more ingredients (fillers, anti-caking agent, natural flavor & color) such as potato or corn starch, mannitol, xylitol, modified cellulose, maltodextrin, silica, magnesium vegetable stearate.
The FDA does not approve the use of miraculin as a sweetener or as a ingredient in foods. However, it is legal to buy or sell whole berries, pills, or tablets.
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