Friday, June 6, 2008

Miracle Fruit: The Psychedelic Berry That Could Replace Sugar

The Miracle Fruit is a bright red, oval-shaped berry approximately an inch long, containing a single seed. Although not sweet itself, when a single fruit is eaten and the fleshy pulp allowed to coat the taste buds of the tongue and inside of the mouth, an extraordinary effect occurs.
Imagine drinking Tabasco sauce and thinking it tasted like a sugary glaze, or drinking a bitter beer that your taste buds are certain is chocolate. Imagine having a magic pill that could turn lemons into candy. Well, you don’t have to imagine. Like a magical treat straight out of Willy Wonka’s candy factory, the berry known as “miracle fruit” has the odd ability to rewire the way the tongue perceives bitter and sour flavors for up to two hours after consumption. The fruit has been growing in popularity in the US as the guest of honor at bizarre soirees known as "flavor tripping parties" where tasters eat the strange little fruit and then consume sour and bitter foods to experience the oddity of how their tongue transforms the flavors in a reality-defying fashion. Read more

2 comments:

get miracle fruit said...

Have you tried this yet?

Caitlin MacKenna said...

I've been hearing about it for a few months, but I haven't had a chance to try it yet. Actually, I had sort of forgotten ab(out it until I saw this article.)