Monday, February 17, 2014

Miracle berry, looking for flower and fruits.


It was last week that I saw fresh miracle berry buds, very white and almost round. Weekend are days when we can look deeper and longer. Yesterday I saw tiny buds transforming into flowers like what Frank wrote in how to make miracle fruit produce

Frank had tried brushing as a way to help pollination. But I resort to giving the branches just a little shake. Otherwise I would look like an artist with brush in my hand and I already made my mark here as keen/ weird photographer hiding behind plants always looking for the best angle to shoot.


Last Week, miracle berry flower buds -

Within a week, the flower buds really changed,
 they became longer with tiny pistil protruding

This Week A cluster of miracle berry flowers - pic 1
tiny pistils are quite visible

Single miracle berry flower - pic 2
Single miracle berry flower - pic 3










a cluster of miracle berry flowers - pic 4


While busying myself checking flowers and angle to shoot, 
I notice ONE ripe miracle fruit berry hidden behind leaves. 
Then I wonder, how could I miss this fruit the past month.


I found a ripe miracle berry, hidden behind leaves. - pic 5

Lets see if a light shake of miracle berry branches help pollination 
which eventually produce more fruits.  



bangchik and kakdah
seri kembangan

16 comments:

  1. Wah! dah ada yang masak, seronoknya, pokok beri ajaib saya kecik sgt lagi paras lutut pun tak sampai.

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    1. smRose, dua pokok ajaib kami dah paras hidung Kakdah... cuma buah ajaib agak tersorok sikit dengan tangkai yg sangat pendek.Kalau terjuntai macam buah rambutan senang la nampak.....

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  2. Wow, there it is the red ripe one.

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    1. babypose..., I discovered the red ripe one while looking for miracle berry flowers, and there it was quite hidden at the lower branch. Today I looked all over again, I saw one more ripe one and also a young green one....

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  3. This is one great plant to have.
    I wonder whether it can be grown using seed?

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    1. I tried growing using seeds... It worked, except it really need matured seeds.

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  4. I have been reading about this plant and its very interesting effects on sour foods.

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    1. Yes Doc.... a short while after taking miracle berry fruit, sour foods will taste sweet. The fruit contains a glycoprotein molecule, with some trailing carbohydrate chains, called miraculin. When the fleshy part of the fruit is eaten, this molecule binds to the tongue's taste buds, causing sour foods to taste sweet. At neutral pH, miraculin binds and blocks the receptors, but at low pH (resulting from ingestion of sour foods) miraculin binds protons and becomes able to activate the sweet receptors, resulting in the perception of sweet taste. This effect lasts until the protein is washed away by saliva (up to about 60 minutes)

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  5. It's really great to see a ripe fruit after a long wait! This is really a miracle fruit! ;)

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    1. trouble with miracle berry fruits is they are not very visible, always well hidden behind leaves.... only when they turn red, the fruits catch our eyes.. :)

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    1. Yes Rosie... only visible when they are red....

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  7. I spied some flower buds on our miracle berry plant this month.
    Will see if the drought effected them or not.
    Hopefully will progress like yours are now.

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  8. For a week lapse between observations, or spying as you said, the change in buds, flowers and fruits would be visible..... keep looking Tukangkebun!!!

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  9. My flower buds have been around for almost a month. They're further along than your first photo but they've never made it as far as your second shot. I know the flowers don't fully open and the window to pollinate is short but they've never made it to that stage... AAAARGH!

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