Miracle Fruit Makes Everything Taste Sweet

The NYT has a piece on Miracle Fruit (Synsepalum Dulcificum) and the resulting “Flavor Tripping” parties.  Never heard of Miracle Fruit? Me either, but I want some. It sounds like something out of Harry Potter.

From Franz Aliquo’s blog (the guy who hosts the Flavor-Tripping Parties):

…miracle fruit (Sideroxylon dulcificum if you want to get all scientific about it), a cranberry-sized West African berry that that numbs your sour and bitter tastebuds for a couple of hours after eating it. That means that everything that used to taste sour now tastes sweet….after eating one stout beers taste like chocolate milkshakes, grapefruits taste like pixie sticks, cheeses taste like frosting, it will make even the crappiest tequila taste like lemonade (and strangely enough, it will make all wine taste like Manischewitz).

Anyone else see the massive potential this has? (Aside from being sold in Amsterdam coffee shops.)  For example, I recently had wasabi ice cream at the Nana bar. The ice cream was essentially a flavor delivery system for the wasabi. How would it taste after Miracle Fruit—like regular ice cream? I’m imagining entire meals that are eaten twice. Once without the fruit, and once with. Two totally different flavors, but the food wouldn’t change, you would.

If anyone’s tried Mircale Fruit, please sound off in the comments. In the mean time, I’m ordering some.

Update: Here are a couple first hand experiences from around the net.

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6 comments on “Miracle Fruit Makes Everything Taste Sweet

  1. Hi Stephen – we’re getting some too, hopefully on schedule for a June 14 “flavor trip” that will be open to the public at Flavors From Afar. Let us know how your purchasing experience goes – we’ve left a voice mail and email but no response yet.

  2. i think there is some sort of usda regulation that prevents transporting fresh ones to texas (bc texas is a citrus growing state or something like that?). you can get frozen ones, but they arent supposed to work as well. maybe there is someone who grows them in texas, that way you could get fresh ones