What if there were a fruit that, when you eat it, changes the way you experience tastes. If makes lemons as sweet as an orange, and just as easy to eat. Well there is such a thing. And I have tried it. For you! Well, more accurately, I was at a party on Saturday night, and the host had bought a bag of Miracle Fruit. Whilst this might be a rather prosaic name, it does have the advantage of being accurate. The miracle fruit is a small red berry about the size of a fresh coffee bean, and is native to West Africa. It doesn’t actually taste of much itself, but contains protein molecules called miraculin (no, that doesn’t sound real to me, either, but there we go) that alter the way your taste buds react to sourness. You pop it in your mouth and hold it there for a few minutes (careful not to swallow the seed!), and then, well, the tasting begins!
Here are things we tried:
We tried fresh sliced lemons. Almost all of the sourness is removed, and the lemon tastes a little like a really fresh sorbet, except more juicy than icy.