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Miracle berry sweetened dinner

January 25th, 2012 · 23 Comments · bread, entertaining, salmon

Any Top Chef fans out there? Do you guys remember a few weeks ago when the chefs had to study up on Modernist Cuisine and then cook a quickfire meal with modernist techniques? Chris Jones started his meal with a miracle berry tablet, which reminded me I got these babies in my Christmas stocking last year (from Adam of course)!!!


Have you heard of miracle berries before? Wikipedia tells me it’s also called synsepalum dulcificum (way harder to pronounce!) which is a plant with a berry that makes sour things taste sweet. The tablets are basically ground up miracle berries – all natural Smile

Last night we had our friends Jim and Liz over for dinner to experiment with this “mysterious fruit tab.” We started the dinner by dissolving a tablet on our tongues and then dove into lemons, limes and grapefruit. Not gonna lie, it was a little scary to take the first bite! Would it really work?



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Wow, guys. This was crazy. Seriously insane. Everything was SO SWEET – I honestly had no idea how sweet they’d be (and started getting a little nervous that our whole dinner will taste like pure sugar). Biting into a lime and being overwhelmed by its sweetness was surreal (the limes were the sweetest – almost inedible at first because of how sweet they were).

We calmed our palettes for a minute with these clover rolls, which had nothing to do with our experiment but delicious nonetheless. Definitely a must-make again recipe!



Aside from the rolls which were a last minute decision (a brilliant last minute decision!), the rest of the dinner all centered around citrus. I looked for recipes that utilized oranges (already sweet) but used lemons and grapefruit instead, knowing they would be made sweeter because of the tablets.

Grapefruit and avocado salad with a citrus dressing (here is the base recipes, I subbed grapefruit for oranges in everything)


Jalapeno citrus salmon (based on this recipe, I used half grapefruit, half lemon juice for the glaze)



My plate:


My beverage of choice for the night – it had citrus notes which turned sweet. The beer tasted kind of like a beer cocktail as a result. I liked it Smile


The effect lasts between 30 minutes and 2 hours and over the course of dinner we definitely felt it fade. The citrus still tasted very sweet but we could start slowly also tasting mild sour notes. Luckily non-citrusy components made the meal a real dinner – salmon, avocado, jalapenos all stayed true to themselves Smile

Of course we had to finish the meal with some lemon sherbet. This particular brand was super creamy – the perfect ending to a sweet citrus meal!


This was super fun!! Apparently hot sauce and radishes should have been part of our experiment too. I may just have to keep playing around with this stuff. It’s sort of trippy in a good way Winking smile

Would you want to try this stuff? What would you make? I may use these for nights when my sweet tooth won’t stop nagging. A wedge of lemon would totally do the trick!

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23 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Michelle

    I’ve tried miracle berries before and was amazed like you! It is awesome that you had a whole meal around it!

  • #2 - Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Wow, I have never heard of those before… pretty awesome thing for a party. =)

  • #3 - Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    That is completely bizarre and I am totally curious, now!

  • #4 - Liz

    I read about this a while ago and have been wanting to try it! Great to know you can find them in a tablet (‘Mysterious Fruit Tab’ sounds kind of questionable, but I trust your recommendation!).

    Very curious to try hot sauce and radishes as well…and maybe some hot/smokey bbq sauce?

  • #5 - Elizabeth @ Chronic Venture

    The miracle berries look so crazy!

    & that salmon with all of that jalapeno is making me soo hungry. Anything with jalapenos is probably going to be my new favorite!

  • #6 - Amanda

    I have always wanted to try miracle berries! I had no idea they also came in tablet form.

    Interesting idea to use it to help tame sugar cravings…

  • #7 - MelissaNibbles

    This sounds so cool! I would eat a cake just to see if I would pass out from sugar shock.

    • #8 - Elina

      Haha, it would have to be a citrusy cake… I’m pretty sure a key lime pie or something would do it 😉

  • #9 - Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    I remember that episode of Top Chef… what an awesome experience! Such a fun dinner date idea =).

  • #10 - Sacha

    What a fun idea for a dinner party! That salmon looks beautiful, and I’m sure it would be delicious with or without miracle berries.

  • #11 - Kelly

    I love, love, love those. My ex bought them a few years ago and we did something similar, although it was all ingredients and not recipes – citrus, stout beer, balsamic vinegar. So much fun though eating these things on their own was kind of painful later thanks to all the acid.

  • #12 - Ranjani

    I tried them once – it was so fun! We tried things like hot sauce and fish sauce as well as the citrus. It definitely works best turning sour into sweet. I like your idea of using them to satisfy a dessert craving!

  • #13 - shannon

    fun! i’ve always been intrigued by miracle berries :) what a great night!

  • #14 - Shannon @ Blonde Silver Lining

    This is so funny! I work at a tropical botanical Garden in Florida and I just tried this Miracle Fruit about a week ago! It’s a small fruit that are native to Africa. It changes the protein receptors on your tongue so that sour becomes sweet.

    We actually have an extremely sour citrus fruit that looks like a tiny clementine (which we can’t normally even consider eating) and we tried it after eating the Miracle Fruit – it was like eating pure sugar.

    Lemons were my favorite, but strawberries tasted like heaven as well.

    People grow these in Southwest Florida in their yards I guess and when the bushes do fruit, there are LOADS of the little berries. They can’t be kept for long though and must be kept in the fridge when you’re not using them. So cool to try if you ever get the chance!

  • #15 - Daisy

    this is so cool. I want to try one!

  • #16 - Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes

    Thanks for stopping by our blog! Yours is very adorable. Your recipes looks amazing. I’m so excited to see more! I’ve never tried those miracle berries, but I keep hearing about them and want to! It sounds like such a fun party idea!

  • #17 - Rhonda

    Thanks for checking out my blog, I have added yours to my reader and look forward to more posts.

  • #18 - Cara

    So just to make sure I understand, the tablet is taken before the meal and has nothing to do with actually cooking the meal, right? Anyway, yeah, this is so wild, I’ve never heard of it and I’m totally intrigued! I think it’s really neat how it only reacts with certain other flavors and others stay the same.

    • #19 - Elina

      Heh, yup – you got it. You don’t add the miracle berry to your actual food but it is essentially sweetened with it because once you dissolve one of these babies on your tongue, your taste buds that normally taste acidic, sour + bitter are blocked and instead you taste sweetness. Definitely trippy 😉

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  • #21 - Clair

    I have been wanting to try this for FOREVER. So glad to hear it worked for you and to see which ones you used. Officially on my to do list. Eep! =)

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