Miracle Fruit

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A month or so ago, probably more now, a package arrived in the form of our miracle fruit. We grew some in Florida but of course sold them when we moved (and in the case of one, over fertilizing to the point of dying…oops!). This plant came to our notice at the Fruit and Spice Park, a wonderful and small tropical garden that lets you taste the wonders of tropical fruits that most people have never even heard of. It is a great place if you are looking for something unique while visiting Miami.

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If you pop the fruit in your mouth, roll it around and bite off the flesh (the fruit itself has a general bland taste, nothing exciting) and then eat something sour, that sourness is immediately changed to sweet. It makes eating a lemon taste like candy!

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This fruit is pretty awesome! In Florida we probably would have put ours in the ground but here in zone 9a in Texas we will keep it in the pot in the first picture and bring it inside during the colder days of winter. In the first photo you’ll see our new pot lifter on the ground—this thing is great! We got it for Christmas from Chris’ mom and it has worked great for us moving things around the yard that are heavy and awkward to carry.

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This is an old photo from our fruit in Florida showing the flesh and seed.

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And one of our variegated lemons I stuck in my mouth after (note Leo in the corner there…)

A unique addition to a tropical gardener’s collection.

Comments 4

  1. chel wrote:

    This is SUPER cool! Was the plant that huge when it arrived?!

    Posted 21 Jan 2013 at 9:32 am
  2. Misti wrote:

    Chel, this one yes. We grew others from seed though! I’ll find out where Chris ordered it if you want one!

    Posted 21 Jan 2013 at 1:48 pm
  3. Chris wrote:

    I’ve been telling George about Miracle fruit. Where did you get yours from? I really want to try growing one here, and like you, will have to keep it in a pot. Btw, that pot carrier thing is a cool idea! I’ll have to keep my eyes open for one of those, too!

    Posted 21 Jan 2013 at 2:04 pm
  4. Donna wrote:

    Your going to need a hot house!

    Posted 06 Feb 2013 at 8:31 pm

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