Wednesday, May 28, 2008

What a totally crazy wacky fruit!

Ok, this has nothing to do with RL or AI. But what a fruit! Someone should bring a bag to the next conference for fun.

To quote the nytimes article:
"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,..."
(nytimes video)

Apparently makes Tabasco sauce taste like doughnut glaze and Guinness taste like a chocolate shake. The effect lasts for an hour. I have got to try this!


John said...

I was at a party where we tried this. Grapefruit and tangerines are most remarkable, and tonic water tastes like a decent soda. Strawberries and blueberries, particularly ones with otherwise a bit of tartness, fare very well. It removed most of the interesting flavor of both coffee and chocolate, though. Severely sour fruits like lemons would often find spots along the tongue where the fruit had missed, creating a very odd sweet/sour blend.

In the time following this party, however, my teeth have been very sensitive. I don't know if it is a coincidence or not, but I feel I should mention it.

Anonymous said...

the new york times says you can order them at