Welcome to the Summer Fruit Share!
This season, you'll receive a separate e-mail detailing the fruit share harvest, with occasional descriptions of your items.
The star in your box this week is Miracle Fruit! If you haven't heard of it before, you're in for a treat.
The Miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) is a perennial shrub or small tree native to West Africa. It grows well without supplemental fertility or water on our farm. The small, mildly sweet fruits have the remarkable ability to alter one’s palate, making sour things taste sweet!
This change in flavor is due to a protein called miraculin, which binds to your taste buds and, under acidic conditions, activates sweet receptors. This week you received a few miracle fruit in a small brown paper bag in your fruit share.
To experience the effects, pop the fresh fruit in your mouth and carefully chew and suck the pulp – there is a large seed in the middle.
After about a minute, you can try a slice of the intensely sour Seville orange or passionfuit included in your box. The change in your palate will last about an hour, so enjoy. Be sure to try a mixed drink with rum and a lime squeeze for a flavor you’ll never forget!
Claudia, Jim & the crew at Ridge to Reef Farm
This Week's Harvest
Ridge to Reef Farm serves the US Virgin Islands with certified organic produce grown with sustainable permaculture practices (and a lot of love).