The miracle fruit, as the name suggests, has various therapeutic features. While the berry-line fruits are consumed fresh when ripened, people in Africa, where the plant is native, also employ these fruits to augment the flavour of bland tasting foods. Currently, studies are on to explore the use of the fruits as a potential natural food sweetener. Miracle fruit serves in the form of an artificial sweetener. In fact, it helps by reducing the calories that are gained from sugar consumption. Therefore, eating this fruit helps to take in fewer calories and protect you from various health conditions. People in Western Africa and the Antilles macerate the fruit pulp in water and consume it in the form of a cooling, febrifuge and depurative agent. In addition, they also apply the fruit pulp topically to cure headaches and burn injuries. Similarly, in Panama, where the fruit is known as totumo, people use the miracle fruit for curing stomach aches and diarrhea. Moreover, the miracle fruit is also used for treating a host of health conditions including toothaches, respiratory problems, colds, cough and bronchitis. It is also effective for curing headaches, and irregular menstruation cycles. The miracle fruit is also used as an anti-inflammatory agent, laxative and febrifuge. The leaves of this herb are used to treat high blood pressure. It has been found that chemotherapy as well as anti-neurotic drugs often have an adverse effect on the receptors on people's tongue. As a result, many people lose their taste sense. On several occasions, cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy sense a metallic taste and also deteriorating health as they are unable to enjoy the flavour of their food. In such cases, miracle fruit works to conceal this negative effect on the receptors on the tongue and eliminates all disagreeable senses that one may experience. Miracle fruit possesses the ability to significantly augment the flavours of a few selective vegetables and fruits such as broccoli, lemon, pineapple, spinach, lettuce, strawberries and grapefruit. Consuming miracle fruit will help to taste all these fruits and vegetables more appealing. In fact, this actually rouses an individual who earlier hated consuming these vegetables and fruits before to eat them more. In fact, it is some sort of a miracle itself. Currently, several physicians are exploring the ability of miracle fruit to enhance appetite in specific patients, for instance those undergoing chemotherapy or taking anti-neurotic drugs. While the miracle fruit also improves the taste, it will never conceal the flavour or essence of any food or cuisine. In fact, people consuming hot, spicy and sour foods will find them tasting sweet. It is almost impossible for a diabetic patient to take a regular normal diet, as they need to reduce their carbohydrate and sugar intakes with a view to ensure that the glucose balance in their blood stream is correct. Therefore, such people can consume this fruit before taking their regular meals so that they can take delight in their meal.
The miracle fruit plant succeeds best when it is grown in a place having partial shade. The small plants are susceptible to harm due to frost and, hence, they ought to be grown in containers so that they can be moved indoors or any other protected locations when there is a threat of frost or temperatures dropping below freezing point. However, older miracle fruit plants may be able to endure frosts and retain some of their leaves, while there may be some trivial damages to their twigs. Once they are somewhat grown up, the plants may endure cooler temperatures and not be killed due to frosts. However, these plants are not considered to be frost-resistant. It has been observed that Synsepalum dulcificum plants are being grown in windy sites in Florida. Miracle fruit plants are propagated from their seeds. While sowing the seeds, ensure that you do so in a well-drained, rich soil and cover them just barely. Water the seeds lightly every second day. Generally, the seeds will germinate in roughly eight to ten weeks time from the day of sowing, but their growth will be somewhat sluggish during the first year. In fact, the seedlings will just be about two to three inches at the end of their first year's growth. These plants will take anything between three to four years of growth to attain a height over 15 inches to 20 inches. Following this, their growth will be rapid. However, there is a word of caution. While growing this plant from its seeds, you need to be ready to wait for some years until you are able to take delight in the first fruit. Preferably, it is advised that you obtain a mature full specimen of the plant which is no less than one feet in height and which is all set to bloom. This will make your task easier.