Miracle Fruit

Synsepalum dulcificum

Miracle fruit

Although not sweet itself this miraculous fruit, consumed fresh and allowed to coat the mouth alters your tastebuds so that everything you eat tastes sweet, lasting for an hour or two. It's extraordinary. The beauty of it is that it only removes the sourness 'acidity' from what you are eating, the natural aroma and taste remains. It has been used to sweeten bitter medicines. For success the plant prefers a pH as low as 4.5. A great companion for your blueberries. Requires a sheltered position free from frost and partial shade. Excellent unusual potted plant that can be moved into a sunny spot indoors during the cooler months, and indeed right through the year with adequate sun. Very slow growing and best to grow as a potted planted until at least 1 metre high Further Information: Rare Fruit Review
Other Names: Miracle berry Miraculous berry Sweet Berry

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Specifications of Miracle Fruit

Preferred Climate Tropical, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Likes Temps above 5deg

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 2-3 Years

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%), Part (Sun:50-80%)

Preferred Soil Type Perfect Drainage (Sand/Volcanic), Good Drainage

Soil pH Moderately Acidic (5.5-6.5)

Fruiting/Harvest Months May, June, July, August, September, October

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Miracle Fruit Reviews & Tips

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Gail B
1y ago

Westcourt, Qld, Australia

Miracle Fruit

Great party trick - try with crappy red wine and the wine will taste like high-end port. Please share your fruit with anyone going through chemotherapy, it helps them actually eat. Shame more people (drs) don't know this.

Michelle Yip
1y ago

Hove, SA, Australia

Miracle Fruit

I live in Adelaide so need to keep my plant indoors. I pollinate by using a very small, soft paint brush and dab each flower. First fruit this year after a 4 year wait.

Potty Bob 1
★★★★ 2y ago


Expensive little plant , looking forward to trying the berries , it's ready to go , little tiny flowers . 

★★★ 4y ago

ASHFIELD, NSW, Australia

Looking forward to trying the fruit's effects.

★★★★★ 5y ago


I had a very sucessful miracle fruit bush but I gave it away to a local mango farm that also runs a cafe/ice cream shop as a tourist attraction. I thought it might be interesting for them to show their visitors.

★★★ 6y ago

COBURG, VIC, Australia

Growing quite well.  During Melbourne's winter I have brought it inside and stopped watering it, and it is coping.  Apparently likes acidic conditions so it is growing in a camelia potting mix.  I periodically add coffee grounds to the top of the po...

Lincoln De Kalb
7y ago

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Miracle Fruit

After 5 years I finally have some berries. Tried it the other day with lemon, grapefruit and other fruits. Also tried it with black coffee. As expected all the biterness was gone and everything tasted very sweet.

Jan P
7y ago

Alderley, QLD, Australia

Miracle Fruit

My tree is 9 years old and grows in the garden near a crepe myrtle - allowing it morning sun I feed it fruit tree fertilizer 3-4 times a year but is a thirsty tropical plant and loves frequent waterings. Plentiful berries (100 or so) 3 times a year

★★★★★ 8y ago


This is a freaky plant, I love it. A miracle fruit for diabetics, after I tried one i had to have one straight away. The fruit basically blinds your sour taste buds making sour things taste sweet,you can eat a lemon or lime without screwing your f...

Beau Hayden Franklin
8y ago

Huonville Geeveston , TAS

Miracle Fruit

Green and it makes all food taste great

★★★ 8y ago

HILLARYS, WA, Australia

a real talking point.  Really works as it should!  Loves heat so grows well in summer but struggles with Perth winter.  I treat it as a deciduous tree in Perth.  Fruits every year though. Semi-shade required in Perth. These fruits really enhance th...

★★★★ 9y ago


attractive little plant, likes the shade, fruit has small amount of flesh but excellent flavour

E Harris
9y ago

Blacktown, NSW, Australia

Miracle Fruit

Received my plant last year and has been in a pot under my back verandah (receiving afternoon sun) ever since and growing slowly but surely. Can now see flower buds forming all over it. Very exciting to see! Will boost with azalea fertilizer in spring.

Sandra B
9y ago

Everton Hills Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Miracle Fruit

Tree is 60cm & 20 years old fruits 3 times year now growing in garden eastern aspect with shade from a tree on the north & house on west by 2.30

★★★★★ 9y ago

MANLY WEST, QLD, Australia

I have it growing in the ground . Morning sun only . Red clay/loam soil that i keep moist . Even though i get hundreds of berries every year i have only tried it once . I am not game to eat anything after i try one as it lasted 12 hours . Other people ...

★★★★ 10y ago


uniqueness, wierdness, fun fruit

10y ago

Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Miracle Fruit

I planted on the West side of the house. Leaves started curling and looking very sunburnt. So 2 weeks ago replanted the miracle bush into another pot under the front veranda; East side. It now looks very happy and showing new growth :)

★★★ 10y ago


This is my newest plant. I love the novelty of this plant and am curious to try it.

★★ 10y ago

Bundaberg, Qld, Australia

Mine is a tiny little plant which has suffered from being appetising to geese. Virtually no growth since being planted two years ago. Now protected from attack. More of a novelty plant really. Good for diabetics with a sweet tooth apparently. No fruit ...

Mr Dave Brimmer
10y ago

Richardson, A.C.T

Miracle Fruit

Plant doing very well in a narrow but deep pot .I'm in Canberra so brought it in over winter and put it under a HPS lighting. Plant too young to fruit yet. Yates Osmocote slow release pelets seem to do the trick. Use Azalea potting mixture.

★★ 10y ago

Athelstone, SA, Australia

slow growing needs acidic soil survived adelaide 2009 winter no flowers / fruit yet  keep in filtered light in the harsh adelaide summerattractive plant give good drainage 

10y ago

Perth, WA

Miracle Fruit

Growing nicely in pots in perth. Currently sitting in partial shade

Patrick Wu
11y ago

Perth, WA, Australia

Miracle Fruit

You can hand pollinate this fruit by using your nails to brush against the flower gentally. White pollen will fall on the nails and used to wipe the stigma of many flowers. You can tell the flowers are open as there is a very strong perfume that wafts.

★★ 11y ago

Bardon, Qld, Australia

A very novel fruit, but slow growing.

11y ago

Pawtucket, RI

Miracle Fruit

I'm not sure but i think these are wind pollinated. Perhaps if you gently shake your plants when they're in flower, you may have more berries. Then again, maybe not.That toothbrush method sounds successful too.

★★ 11y ago

Calvert, QLD, Australia

I can't wait to play tricks on a mate when they come over for a beer.I only wish I bought it through Daleys, as I got it posted to me for $28 and it is way to small. We could have got it through Daleys and it would have cost much the same but we would ...

11y ago

Aitkenvale, QLD, Australia

Miracle Fruit

My bush is nearly 2 years old and is fruiting prolificly now. Did had lack of fruit until now.

11y ago

Ftworth, TX

Miracle Fruit

I have about 20 flower buds but none have bloomed in 4+ weeks, I'm using the 50/50 perlite/peat moss soil mix. Any ideas? also how do I pollinate?

★★★★★ 11y ago

Keperra, QLD, Australia

Purchased this one quite advanced, and it fruited straight away. Got around 5 berries the first year and lots forming spring 2010. Makes any not quite right/ripe citrus taste as sweet as candy! It is absolutely fantastic and highly recommended.Seeds al...

S O'neill
11y ago

Melbourne, VIC

Miracle Fruit

My plant is indoors in a pot, so insect pollination is not an option. Only ever had 1-2 random berries. A couple of weeks back I tried 'buzz pollination' with an electric toothbrush (like with tomatoes) and now I've got about 40 berries coming.

12y ago

Wakeley, NSW, Australia

Done absolutely nothing since I got it.

★★★★ 12y ago

Hastings, VIC, Australia

Died in Winter though we did not have frost it appears to want more heat than we have

★★★★ 12y ago

Santo Domingo, National District, DO

Very slow growing plants,  doesnt like too much sun, I prune off dead leaves. still in 1 gallon pots after 1 year.

★★★ 12y ago

WALLARAH, NSW, Australia

Not much to tell at this point. I have three in hydroponics and three in pots.  Apparently they are very slow growers and conflicting evidence about cold tolerance. I'm keeping them warm to be safe.

★★ 12y ago

Sippy Downs, QLD, Australia

slow growing bushy plant. no fruit yet after 2 years.

★★★★ 12y ago

Unanderra, NSW, Australia

I grow this in a pot and bring it inside in winter.  The fruit is amazing - turning everything you eat sour into delicous sweetness.  Lat night i tried some red wine after eating a miracle fruit and it tasted like port!!

R Rasing
12y ago

Millner, NT , Australia, Australia

Miracle Fruit

I had mine growing initially along the border line, fencing. Then I decided to transferred it between 2 foxtail palms, with morning sunshine, lots of top soil & slow release fertizers = hundred of fruits!

Michael Angel
13y ago

Wyongah, NSW, Australia, Australia

Miracle Fruit

From previous experience it needs a lot of wampth and is very frost tender.I plan to put my plant near the pool so that ambient heat may keep it going over wineterIt is such a fun plant to share with kids.my daughters adore it!

13y ago

Gold Coast, QLD

Miracle Fruit

1M height in full sun on Gold Coast. Plentiful fruit mid to late February.

Akiko Teng
14y ago

Madison, , WI

Miracle Fruit

I had mine growing in a pot for 6 months inside...only one fruit so far,the buds would just die before blooming. I added Miracid too. I searched and finally was told that problem was 'pollinating'! Here in Wisconsin, do I have to wait till next spring?

14y ago

Brandon, FL

Miracle Fruit

I had mine growing in a pot for 6 months...no fruit, the flowers would just die after blooming and then nothing. I added an azalea type fertilizer (acid loving) and bam, 3 fruits within 2 weeks.

14y ago

East Malaysia, KELAN

Miracle Fruit

How to store miracle fruit.U can use thick and fit plastic tupperware, put in aroung the 'very old' newspaper in and wrap the miracle fruit with other very old newspaper, put in freezer vegetable section. I'm sure u can save itu until 30 days.

15y ago

Miami, FL

Miracle Fruit

I mix peat moss old fruit and vegetable peices and daily coffee grounds to make the soil to grow the seed we get from our older plants. The new baby seeds do wonderfully and the older plants give 10Xs more fruit.

Richard Walter
15y ago

Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Miracle Fruit

Growing great in a pot in Wollongong, surviving the winter without any problems. It does better in a partially shaded spot.

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