A month or so ago, my husband and I were watching CSI NY. We love that show. Their case involved a fruit from Africa with a big long name containing something called Miraculin or something like that and in short is called Miracle Fruit. It is a fruit that tricks your taste buds into thinking things are sweet.
The day after I did some research on the internet and decided to order some of this "miracle" fruit. Turns out it is real, and people have had good experiences with it. People in New York have parties and people eat the fruit and then taste all different kinds of sour or bitter foods. These parties are called "Flavor Tripping" parties.
I ordered some miracle frooties, which are tablets made from the extract of the fruit from the part that contains the miraculin. I received them in the mail this week.
Today I went to the grocery store and bought some fresh baby spinach, carrots, onion, snap peas, broccoli, and orange bell peppers. All foods I HATE. All foods I was expecting to have no taste or a slightly sweet taste after having the miracle fruit.
I put the miracle fruit tablet in my mouth and let it dissolve as I rolled it around on my tongue as directed. I did get a small tingly feeling on my tongue like it was a mild numbing feeling, but nothing too serious. So I figured this stuff must just numb your taste buds in order to remove the taste, but then where does the sweet come into play?
The smaller the tablet got, the more sour it tasted. I wanted so badly to spit it out, but I sucked it up and held out thinking I'm doing this for my own good. This will help me be able to eat foods I can't tolerate. As my face cringed and contorted from the sourness, I was looking at the food thinking "this had better be worth it".
After the tablet was completely dissolved, I waited a few seconds for the full effect. I took a big bite of baby spinach. I chewed it up and it tasted horrendous! I gagged and spit it out in the sink.
Next I tried a carrot. Gross! It still tasted like a carrot. I spit that out too.
Then I tried a bite of broccoli. EWWW! Disgusting! I spit that out as well.
Figuring something had to give, I took a bit of the snap pea. Nope, that tasted horrible too. Dang! I was getting so discouraged.
Next came the onion. BLECH! It was still a nasty onion! I spit that out too.
Finally, I hoped my last resort the orange bell pepper would taste sweet. I took a bite, chomped on it, and threw up. So much for the so called "miracle fruit".
After that I reached for the jar of peanut butter and ate two spoonfuls to get the taste of all the disgustingness out of my mouth. I'd just been traumatized!
I want my money back!
I went back on the website today to see if it had a big sign that read "Dork that fell for our miracle fruit crap" on there. That wasn't there, but it should have been. It did have a page of recommended fruit, such as lemons, limes, tomatoes, rhubarb, strawberries, green apples, pineapples, and grapefruit.
I figured out the secret after reading that. Of course those fruits will taste sweet compared the most extreme sour tablet you just had.
I'm glad I tried it. I went in with an open mind, and I can honestly say that I tried. I really would like to be able to eat those kinds of foods.
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