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Old 11-26-2008, 04:02 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The miracle fruit(Synsepalum dulcificum) was brought to south Florida in the 30s and it was a failure until about the 60s when a physician from Jackson Hospital was successful. The problem was people were using soil that was alkaline. The doctor grew them in pots using acid media. I grew some plants from seed that he gave me. When we moved to our house 40 years ago, I put two mature plants in the ground under a large live oak. The ground must be acid enough because it thrives and fruits very well. I have kept it trimmed to about 5 feet tall. Mine is in the shade only because of the oak and if it was in full sun it would give better crops.
The ripe fruit show be just eaten all except the seed, nothing special. Then in a minute your tongue will not taste sower acid tastes and the true sweet taste will come forth. It will not sweeten coffee and a do not think it will sweeten bitter chocolate. It makes a perfect limeade but don't take a beer or any wine for at least two hours.
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