RUBYBERRY® OUR STORY
In early 2017 we found out about the unique quality of the Miracle fruit tree. Standing amongst a grove of trees on our exotic fruit farm in Far North Queensland, we discussed the berry's unique glycoprotein Miraculin with our friend Trina (a member of the local Rare Fruit Society).
After sucking a berry the Miraculin binds to the sweet receptors on the tongue making anything sour, taste sweet. Our conversation turned to further understanding the fruit's value and the possibility of somehow making it available to those Australians struggling to eat.
The trees are relatively common in the tropics, so much so the local children are known to suck on limes after the berry, making the sour citrus taste "like lemonade" they say to their dismayed parents.
Chris Beckwith and Karen Pereira
RUBY... A VALUABLE MEMBER OF OUR TEAM!
We were very lucky to find our Abyssinian cat at the RSPCA, her name was Ruby!
In the beginning of our journey doctors couldn't get their head around the name 'miracle fruit' so we called them Rubyberry.
MIRACLE BERRIES AUSTRALIA
In January 2017, we were contacted by Celebrity Horticulturalist and Landscape Designer Jamie Durie, who asked us to supply two Miracle Fruit Trees for a segment on The Living Room TV Show. The segment was to build a Tropical Fruit garden for a lady with Cancer.
Jamie hoped the berries from the Miracle Fruit Tree could help her enjoy eating again and improve her taste.
This led us to set up a free Community Facebook page, to list nurseries which sell Miracle Fruit Trees .
We hope by more people growing the trees, they can share the benefits of Miracle Fruit and in turn help their Community.
In 2013 Chris and Karen made a tree change, - moving from Sydney to the Daintree Rainforest. They said goodbye to their careers in advertising and started a mangosteen farm growing the trees on Open Tatura trellises (in other words, growing the trees on a trellis in order to encourage early fruiting and pick within reach).
As a young lad, Chris' Grandmother Ivy spoke of the family's agricultural businesses established in the late 1800's WC Thomas & Sons. They had apple and pear orchards in Tynong and flour milling sites across Victoria.
Grandmother Ivy's Uncle, WCF Thomas was appointed as the Chairman and Government representative of the newly established Australian Dried Fruits Export Control Board in 1925. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire - Commander (Civil) [CBE] in recognition of his service in 1926.
From Chris' interest in Miracle fruit, he unearthed historic information of the family's additional interest in dried fruit.
Ironically, Chris has realised he is on a similar path to the one the family pioneered with dried fruits over 100 years ago; but a more contemporary path, now with freeze dried Miracle fruit.
Over Karen's advertising career she has worked on many healthcare accounts. Her last position was with the Clemenger Group within their healthcare advertising agency.
Having further researched the fruit's taste-modifying activity, Chris and Karen contacted their friend, Richard in Sydney, who had difficulty eating due to illness.
Everything Richard tried to eat had a metallic taste. Richard was open to trying Miracle fruit so they sent him some berries in a cryovac pack. He described the fruit's effect as "amazing".
Each time Richard had a berry he experienced relief for about an hour. For him, it meant he was able to enjoy a meal and eat with his son, parents and partner Kathy.
Richard was able to start eating regularly again. He attributed Miracle fruit to his improved quality of life. Sadly, Richard is no longer with us, but through his journey Chris and Karen learnt a great deal about Miracle fruit.
SBS 'MEDICINE OR MYTH'?
Chris from Rubyberry® appeared on the first show of 'Medicine or Myth?'. He demonstrated how Miracle Fruit changed taste, to a panel of Doctors.
Renowned Neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo, led the panel which included Family & Women's Health Expert Dr Ginni Mansberg and Associate Professor in Immunology Ashraful Haque.
The Doctors were amazed at how Miracle Fruit could benefit people whose taste has been altered after undergoing medical treatment.
Miracle Fruit was one remedy on the show chosen for a trial conducted by National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM), with 100% results.
Read more about Miracle Fruit on the link below and watch the episode.
Watch Medicine or Myth? on SBS On Demand.