African Berry Changes the Way You Taste

Published: 27th April 2010
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Synapsylum Dulcificium. Most have never heard of this rare African berry and those who have find the effects nothing short of extraordinary. Miracle fruit as it is commonly called is gaining traction in popular culture as it is simultaneously growing as a commodity in the business world.



Andrew Mays, a student at the University of Washington exclaims, "This was so much fun with to try with my friends, I'm definitely planning on having more 'flavor tripping' parties!"



The effects of miracle fruit are caused by an enzyme in the berry, aptly named miraculin. This protein bonds to the taste buds as it is eaten inducing a complete change in most acidic foods. Sour and bitter foods, especially those in the citrus family are most affected. "Lemons taste like lemonade, and oranges taste sugar coated. Grapefruit tastes good plain, and rhubarb is more like a sugar coated strawberry stick. "It's simply amazing!" is the common cry among first time users as they experience miracle fruit's unique effect for the first time.



The proliferation of miracle fruit is growing as word spreads and people have taken to hosting flavor tripping parties as they are commonly called. This simply involves getting a bunch of friends together to discuss and experience this new sensation together. The number of foods that have the potential to be improved and/or changed by miracle fruit is nearly endless and half the fun of miracle fruit comes from testing it with different foods and food combinations.



The popularity of miracle fruit is at the point that some groups, specifically in New York and San Francisco have taken to hosting large parties in exotic locations such as rooftops. As the popularity of miracle fruit grows companies such as Tastebud Sensations where you can buy miracle fruit in tablet form have become the major source of miracle fruit for end consumers.



Freeze dried miracle fruit tablets are the most common way of ingesting miracle fruit due to its long shelf life and ease of storage. The miracle fruit industry has faced opposition to its production mainly in and around the 1970's because it was believed to be a threat to the sugar industry. As the word spreads it will be infinitely fascinating to watch the implementations of miracle fruit unfold.



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