Miracle Fruit, (Synsepalum dulcificum), also called miracle berry, is an evergreen shrub of the family Sapotaceae, grown for its mild fruits that make subsequently eaten sour foods taste sweet. The miracle fruit plant is native to tropical West Africa, where it is used locally to sweeten palm wine and other beverages. The unrelated sweet prayer plant (Thaumatococcus daniellii) is also known as miracle fruit for its similar ability to make sour foods taste sweet.


The miracle fruit plant grows as a dense shrub or small tree, usually not more than 5.5 meters (18 feet) in height in the wild and generally smaller when cultivated. The simple leaves are oval and tapering at the base with smooth margins and feature a waxy underside; they grow in spirelike clusters at the ends of small branches. The small white flowers give rise to red drupe fruits that are about .8–1.2 inches in length. Plants typically produce fruit after three or four years and require acidic soil.

Miracle Fruit

  • Water Requirements: Moderate water in well-drained soil. Do not water until the top few inches of the soil are dry.

    Soil: Acidic soil

    Sun Exposure: Bright indirect light

    Mature Height: 3 to 5 feet (indoors) 

    Mature Spread: 2 to 4 feet 

    Hardiness: Zones 9-11 if outdoors (makes a great indoor or patio plant)

    Danger: non-toxic for human consumption

    Propagation Method: stem cuttings & seeds