Skip to comments.A fruit that tricks the tongue
Posted on 05/28/2008 11:47:14 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick
Carrie Dashow dropped a large dollop of lemon sorbet into a glass of Guinness, stirred, drank and proclaimed that it tasted like a "chocolate shake".
Nearby, Yuka Yoneda tilted her head back as her boyfriend, Albert Yuen, drizzled Tabasco sauce onto her tongue. She swallowed and considered the flavor: "Doughnut glaze, hot doughnut glaze!"
They were among 40 or so people who tasted under the influence of a small red berry called miracle fruit. The berry rewires the way the palate perceives sour flavors for an hour or so, rendering lemons as sweet as candy.
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 Linda Bartoshuk of University of Florida, who has studied the fruit.
Would it get my wife to.......oh, never mind.
Better get a few cases for the Democrat convention...
Coulda used these big-time with the ex’s cookin’!
Sugar companies can’t like this.
Known to westerners since the 18th century? What’s holding up the show?
Possible sugar substitute? Anyone on FR actually tried this fruit?
I’ll have to eat a BUSHEL of these to vote for McCain.................
She swallowed and considered the flavor: “Doughnut glaze, hot doughnut glaze!”
Just say no! I’m sure the DEA will quickly move to make this illegal because, you know, it might result in people experiencing enjoyment and amusement. The war on (some) drugs continues.
Veruca Salt will want one.
Killer - absolutely killer.
That’s the FDA’s area of expertise. Making something illegal until big (put industry here) can be guaranteed their profits.
Government. Someone tried to bring it to market in the 1970s, but at the last minute the FDA declared that it would have to be tested as a food additive (they had previously asserted that no research would be needed, since its safe use for so long in Africa meant that it should qualify as "generally recognized as safe").
The company couldn't get funding to stay in business without a product for the years necessary for testing, so they folded.
It was Liberace or Richard Simmons, Liberace just had more class...
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