Study Shows How Bountiful ‘Miracle Fruit’ Can Grow in the Subtropics (Fruit Growers News)

Study Shows How Bountiful ‘Miracle Fruit’ Can Grow in the Subtropics

Scientists at the University of Florida’s Tropical Research and Education Center have unlocked the mystery behind a highly sought-after berry known as the miracle fruit.

This news brings much-needed insight to local growers and food and drink manufacturers who are looking for ways to make it a viable industry, particularly in South Florida.

“We now have foundational data on yield and of the concentration of the miraculin protein in the berry,” said Alan Chambers, the lead researcher, author of the study, and a tropical plant geneticist at the Homestead research facility of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). “The berry, similar in size to a raspberry, is primarily valued for its miraculin content, but what this study did for the first time, is quantify the miraculin in the fruit of select varieties.”

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