Sometimes right when you need it a little magic berry appears and turns everything sour into sweet. A couple weeks ago, right as Tropical Storm Isaac pushed some windy rain across the island, this rare and fleeting miracle fruit appeared. We got 3 inches of rain that week which made the valley an even darker green than normal. It made the berries pop with their deep dark red, a color my iPhone could not match as you can imagine looking to the left at this picture I snapped.
Today, right after the next rain since Isaac, already a dusty memory from weeks ago, another miracle bush fruited in a fury. I am hoping we will have enough to share with our CSA members! This fruit is tricky to time, and difficult to preserve and ship! I guess some times you have to put yourself in the right place at the right time for miracles to happen.
Read the New York Times' article about "flavor trip parties" with the miracle fruit, something New York wishes they could grow!
Nate Olive is the Director of Ridge to Reef Farm at VISFI