The sweet berry is native to Africa and has been consumed for over a century as a way to make bland or sour foods taste better. It contains a rare protein called miraculin which acts as a taste-modifier.
Alan Chambers is the lead researcher of the 19-month study done on a Homestead Farm owned by Dade County Farm Bureau President Erik Tietig. “We now have foundational data on yield and of the concentration of the miraculin protein in the berry,” said
“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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