Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Miracle Fruit


What is Miracle Fruit?
Miracle Fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum), sometimes known as the Miracle Berry, is a plant native to West Africa. The berry has a mildly sweet flavor; however, the fruit is treasured not for its own taste, but for the fruit’s unique effect on the taste buds.
Miracle Fruit contains a glycoprotein called miraculin, which binds to the tongue’s taste buds when the fruit is consumed. Miraculin acts as a sweetness inducer when it comes in contact with acids, causing bitter and sour foods to taste sweet, temporarily. This effect usually lasts between 30 minutes and 2 hours.
The plant was first documented in 1725, when explorers in West Africa observed the local tribes picking the berries and chewing them before meals.
Recently, the fruit has become popular in food tasting events, sometimes referred to as "Miracle Fruit Parties." Partygoers consume sour and bitter foods -- such as lemons, radishes, and beer -- to experience the dramatic change in taste.
Miracle Fruit is available in three forms: The actual berries (which are usually frozen due to their high perishability), freeze-dried fruit granules, and miracle fruit tablets.
Is Miracle Fruit Safe?
Miracle Fruit has no known adverse effects. Western civilization has known about the fruit for over 275 years and no harmful effects have been documented.
Experiencing Miracle Fruit
Berries : Put one berry in your mouth and gently scrape the fleshy part off the seed. Swirl this around your mouth for 2 minutes before swallowing.
Freeze-Dried Granules : Place approximately 1 gram of the granules in your mouth and let them slowly dissolve on and around your tongue. Wait at least one minute before swallowing.
Tablets : Place one tablet in your mouth and gently swirl it around with your tongue until dissolved.Once you have consumed your Miracle Fruit, the tasting can begin!
Miracle Fruit USA in the Media

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2 comments:

Sarah Sofia Ganborg said...

Hi!
How have you been?
Haven't heard from you in a while and now that I can comment again, I went through all your postings since I last commented...
How's the weather in Alaska?
Still got snow?
we've been to paris meanwhile and soon we'll go north again.
Oh, i think, i will try at nick taht little peirced baby of yours down below... let's see if it works out.
If you're looking for something to read here's some brain feed:
http://livinginscandinavia.blogspot.com/2009/04/victims.html
and
http://ahealthierwayofliving.blogspot.com/2009/05/really-scary.html
if you do have the time...
let me know how you're doing and what's going on up where you are!
love, Sarah sofia

alilbit said...

AWwwwww Sarah Sophia so great seeing you!Alaska is great -temps in the 70's so I have been out enjoying it:) How are things with you?Wow Paris ! I will definitely check those links too Sarah-I have so much to learn about blogger even tho I have blogged almost 4 years here ...I am a very late bloomer ...Ty so much for reading and commenting -You are a great friend TY so much