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Time for a Short Break For Some Miracle Fruit

From today's NY Times, a story on the Miracle Fruit, which after you eat it, makes everything else you eat taste sweet.
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...Then you’re ready to go....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.

If you haven't tried this stuff it's pretty cool. My brother introduced me to it last year and it really works. I had one berry and next thing I know I was chewing on a lemon that suddenly tasted like pure sugar. Unlike the people in the article, I didn't try tequila or tobasco after eating it - the former sounds like it might be a good idea though...

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Comments (3)

Where can I get some?

Mike:

My brother had it in Hawaii - and I haven't seen it in my local Safeway. In other words, I'm no help on that one.

Blair:

Miracle fruit or not, the only way I'll believe you ate any sort of fruit is if it was in between a hearty portion of cow, cheese, bacon and 2 sesame seed buns...

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