Q1 : Is it safe?
A1 : Yes. Miracle berries have been used for thousands of years in their native country without any
reports of negative effects. More recently, miracle fruit have been eaten by many people in several
countries without any adverse reactions or allergic effects.
Q2 : How does it work?
A2 : Although the berry itself is not sweet, it contains an active glycoprotein molecule, with some
trailing carbohydrate chains, called miraculin. When the fleshy part of the fruit is eaten, this
molecule binds to the tongue's taste buds, causing changes in taste - in particular, bitter and sour
foods (such as lemons) taste sweet.
Q3 : How long does it last?
A3 : The miracle fruit's effect lasts up to two hours but the duration depends on the amount consumed.
Q4 : Where does it come from?
A4 : The Miracle Fruit plant, sometimes known as the Miracule Berry, (Synsepalum dulcificum) is a
plant first documented by an explorer named Des Marchais during a 1725 excursion to its native
tropical West Africa. Our miracle fruit are grown and picked in Ghana before we freeze dry them to
preserve the miraculin.
Q5 : What does the plant look like?
A5 : The plant has deep green,elongated leaves which grow in a spire-like habit. Its flowers are small
and white and the fruit are ellisoidal. They are about 2-3cm long, deep red and contain a single
Q6 : Where can I read more about this amazing berry?
A6 : There are great pieces at The Guardian, the BBC, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal
about Miracle Fruit and Wikipedia has a constantly updated article.
Q7 : Is the miracle fruit known by several other names?
A7 : Yes, it is also called the following: Miracle Berry, Synsepalum dulcificum, Sideroxylon dulcificum,
frutto dei miracoli, fruta maravillosa, fruta de milagro, Frutamilagrosa, Mirakelfrukten,
Mirakelfrukt, Mirakelbær, Mirakelbaer, Wunderbeere, Mirakelbes.