The Miracle of Magic Fruit, Turning Sour to Sweet

Some people find it hard to eat sour fruits such as mango, guyabano, santol, and citrus. I can eat them but too many of them make my teeth and gum painful (nangingilo).

Eating fruits is healthy. Eating any kind of fruit even the sour are also healthy. There are several ways to eat them with less perceived sourness:

1) Dip it with soy sauce. It counteracts sour taste. magic fruit tree berry

2) Slice it thinly and sprinkle with sugar.

3) Processed it to less sour foods like fermented mango, chutney and juice.

4) Dip it on rock salt. I saw my friend doing this technique. He dipped a slice of sour guyabano on table salt. I did it too and I was surprised that it tasted great.

5) Eat magic fruit before eating the sour fruit of choice. Believe in magic.
Magic fruit or Miracle fruit with the scientific name of Synsepalum dulcificum.

The berry got its name from the substance miraculin – a glycoprotein molecule with some trailing carbohydrate trailing chain. The molecules bind to tongue and last for one to two hours. Within the time frame any sour fruit will taste sweet, even the most sour vinegar will become sweet on taste buds. I think it is not a miracle, it is science.

The fruit is not sweet. Its side effect that make other sour things go sweet.
The berry was featured on Jessica Soho: The tree bears fruit only every three years. Its long fruiting interval made its price to go as high as 100 pesos per berry. Imagineย  shelling 100 pesos for a fruit with the size of a thumb. I gonna do methods from one to four but not the costly number five. Better yet, practice eating the sour without any modifier. Sugar and salt in excess are slow acting poison.

Scientists are now studying the possibility that it can be used for diabetic patients. Some pharmaceutical companies are planning to mix it with children’s medicine. Hmm.. the berry can make sour taste sweet. Maybe it can also make bitter taste sweet!

image courtesy of blogs

Update : April 25, 2011:

Brother brought home a small seedling of magic fruit. He never mentioned where he got it. He said he tested it. He ate a calamansi after eating it. The sour calamansi miraculously tasted sweet.

The source told him it bears fruit annually, not every three years. Sounds contradicting!
magic fruit seedling

Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.

4 Replies to “The Miracle of Magic Fruit, Turning Sour to Sweet”

  1. saan po nakabili ng seedling ang brother nyo? i tried scouring the manila seedling bank kaso wala nakakaalam nun halaman na ganun ๐Ÿ™ sana ibulong ng brother nyo sa inyo and ibulong mo din sa akin ๐Ÿ™‚

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