Miracle fruit trips out flavours

The New York Times have an article on the truly miraculous miracle fruit, a plant that contains a unique protein that transforms even the most intensely acidic flavours into sweet taste sensations.

“You pop it in your mouth and scrape the pulp off the seed, swirl it around and hold it in your mouth for about a minute,” he said. “Then you’re ready to go.” He ushered his guests to a table piled with citrus wedges, cheeses, Brussels sprouts, mustard, vinegars, pickles, dark beers, strawberries and cheap tequila, which Mr. Aliquo promised would now taste like top-shelf Patrón.

The miracle fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum, is native to West Africa and has been known to Westerners since the 18th century. The cause of the reaction is a protein called miraculin, which binds with the taste buds and acts as a sweetness inducer when it comes in contact with acids, according to a scientist who has studied the fruit, Linda Bartoshuk at the University of Florida’s Center for Smell and Taste.

Apparently, some pioneering barmen have been experimenting with miracle fruit cocktails and the article has video of a ‘flavour tripping party’ where people get together to try the small red berry before sampling a while range of foods which take on a strange news flavour.

Link to NYT article ‘A Tiny Fruit That Tricks the Tongue’.


  1. Posted June 12, 2008 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    Excellent post, this miracle fruit is something of the future and a world changing eent
    we are currently supplying Miracle Fruit Tablets aka Taste Trips worldwide
    check it out and the videos

  2. Andrea
    Posted July 26, 2008 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

    I agree. Great post!
    Although I buy my Miracle Fruit on http://www.miraclefruitworld.com
    They are the best! – best quality and best prices :-)
    Their recipes of foods to try with Miracle Fruit are great! I’ve tried all of them and want more! If you want some recipes or even better, if you want to post some (trust me, I will be soooo happy!) Just go to http://www.miraclefruitworld.com – recipes

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