The red berry, when paired with sour foods (eg lemon and lime) changes the flavour profile of the sour food to sweet, by coating the mouth in miraculin. This binds to the taste binds causing sour foods to taste sweet, it is therefore known as miracle berry. The berry itself is low in sugar and is slightly sweet yet tangy.
The shrub grows to 4.5m with dense foliage with white flowers. It grows best in low pH soil and prefers a frost free, high humidity environment with partial shade. The plant will bear fruit after about 3 years.