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African wonder berry

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Have you ever wondered how much in nature surrounds us unique, unusual, magical? There are amazing animals, unusual plants, and nature itself, despite all the scientific and technological progress, still remains incomprehensible.

One of these natural wonders is the Magic Fruit. The appearance of this plant is unremarkable. Magic fruit, or wonderful berries, or sweet track (Synsepalum dulcificum) is a fruit tree and it belongs to the family of sapotaceae (Sapotaceae). The homeland of the plant are the tropics of West Africa. It grows in the form of an evergreen tree or shrub. The height of the tree can reach 5.5 meters. Dark green leaves have an elongated shape.

Magic Fruit (Miracle fruit)

The most amazing thing about this plant is the berries. Because of its marvelous berries, the Magic Fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) is most often called Miracle fruit, or Miracle berry (English), which translates as "Miracle Berry." "What is so unusual about them?", you say. Small red berries only 2-3 cm long, oblong, as such, which do not have a pronounced taste, strike with their effect on the taste buds of a person: berries extremely weaken the susceptibility of the papillae of the tongue, which are responsible for acid recognition. Therefore, it’s enough to eat some wonderful berries, and all subsequent food (sour, salty and even stale) will seem pleasant and sweet.

The one who tasted the fruits of this tree says that even a lemon, which was eaten in one fell swoop after wonderful berries, seems sweet, and the acid inherent in the lemon is not felt at all. The effect lasts a little over an hour.

Magic Fruit (Miracle fruit)

Natives of tropical West Africa (Ghana-Congo) widely use this miracle berry: both to give a sweet taste to palm wine, and to drown out the taste of stale food.

For the first time, the civilized world learned about the Magic Fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) from Fairchild D., who published the book "In New York in 1930"Exploring for Plants"(" Plant Study "). But until now, unfortunately, this tree with its amazing fruits has been little cultivated outside its homeland, and the miracle berry has not received mass distribution. Why? Probably, due to the difficulty of observing all conditions, which are necessary for its growth and fruiting: the plant is very fond of light, heat and humid air, but does not tolerate even slight stagnation of water; it is advisable to sow the seeds immediately after separating them from the pulp, since with each subsequent day such quality of seeds as germination, quickly lost. to ohm, the outside of his homeland tree grows slowly in the first year grow by only 5-7 centimeters, for 4 years, is only half a meter, in general, the maximum height of a mature tree (bush) - 1.5 meters.

Magic Fruit (Miracle fruit)

In my opinion, a careful study of the properties of the plant Magic fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) and its further wide cultivation both in West Africa and beyond, would help to use miraculous fruits for the benefit of mankind: for people suffering from diabetes, and for people who follow all kinds of diets, because, in the words of the American scientist dendrologist Menninger E.: "According to chemists, the sweetness generated by the miraculous fruit is “more desirable” than any other known natural or synthetic sweetener.".

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