My husband sent me an article from the NY Times the other day about an interesting side effects of eating miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum for you horticulture geeks). The article, titled, “A Tiny Fruit That Tricks the Tongue,” was unique enough that I thought you would want to hear about it.
Why is it so interesting? Apparently, when you eat one of these fruits, it alters your taste buds to make acid food sweet. Yes, people claim that under the influence of miracle fruit, lime and lemon slices taste like candy, that goat cheese taste like white frosting, and even bitter beer tastes like a chocolate shake. Eating pizza is similar to eating a very rich dessert. The effect is said to last for about 1/2 an hour.
Miracle fruit tasting parties are cropping up so that people can satisfy their curiosity about this little red fruit native to Ghana. According to the article, hosts order the fresh fruit from Curtis Mozie, a Florida grower who has a website dedicated to this amazing fruit. There are also a few specialty nurseries who offer the plant for purchase, but you may have to wait 2 years to reap your first harvest. Curtis does offer seeds for purchase on his site as well.
Ok, I’m curious…. has any reader tried a miracle fruit- and if so, will you leave me a comment about your experience?