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*boing* Whines is helping me order a Miracle Fruit plant :) It's a 2-gallon plant, so it's probably got a good year of growth in it (unless they planted a seedling in a two-gallon container, which would be rude).

Mr Sterling introduced this fruit to me, but I haven't tried it yet. Apparently--and I've never heard anything to indicate this was a hoax, or anything other than amazing--the berries contain a substance that temporarily (a half-hour to two hours) rewires your taste buds so that bitter and tart things taste dessert-level sweet. Grapefruit and lemon turn into candy, Guinness turns into a milkshake, and cheese resembles cream cheese frosting.

It'll probably take a year to get any legitimate amount of fruit, but it'll be fun to try!

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atalantapendrag
Jun. 24th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
I've read articles about those! Apparently people have tasting parties where they eat miracle fruit and then sample various foods.

I'd love to read your results!
itza
Jun. 24th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
Hee hee. Sounds lovely; here's an article on miracle fruit that I read recently.

I'm amazed this isn't used more widely; it would be a boon to diabetics, for one thing!

ps - I want a taste! ;D~~~
spottylogic
Jun. 25th, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
I promise, if I get a crop of fruit growing, I'll have a weird food tasting party and invite as many people as I have berries enough for! I've heard that it produces dozens of berries at a time. Though the "marital aid" question is an experiment that shouldn't be had with under-18s in the area.

Essentially the FDA, who is always down on artificial sweeteners as competition for corn syrup and sugar interests, slammed down on it so it can't be marketted as an additive in foods.
eris_star
Jun. 24th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
Because this is where my mind is, firmly in the gutter
Some day, somebody is going to market it was a marital aid. And orchards of the plant will suddenly be growing in every yard with an appropriate climate.
itza
Jun. 25th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Re: Because this is where my mind is, firmly in the gutter
Holy zombie jeebus, that is BRILLIANT ;)

*runs off to find stock to invest in*
spottylogic
Jun. 25th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Because this is where my mind is, firmly in the gutter
I know the question of "how does the strange power of the miracle berry affect...you know...certain fluids..." comes up in every discussion of the fruit that goes on for more than two days. However, I haven't read over them because I'm at work...I feel that the answers are available on-line, if I look...
eris_star
Jun. 24th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
It looks like you'll have to grow it in a container.
spottylogic
Jun. 25th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, yah, it's tropical, it's not going to like Texas Winter much. That was a known problem.
zanaki
Jun. 24th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
Coooooool
nightfolf
Jun. 25th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
That's awesome. I'd love to try that :)
spottylogic
Jun. 25th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
So would I :) We'll get the plant in the next few days, but it'll probably take a while for it to start fruiting...
asterickpup
Jun. 27th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
That's the first I've heard of that. I wonder if it'd make salty licorice taste palatable. :)
spottylogic
Jun. 27th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
Maaaybe not...it doesn't do anything for salt, and it sounds like there has to be at least some acid in the food for it to work.
miishal
Jul. 1st, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
Completely random stranger here, but I've had the miracle fruit and it's a lot of fun. Actually drank some vinegar (didn't know until I did though), was a bit sweet but stings the back of the throat. Lemons and grapefruit are very sweet. Pickled plums are weird. Most other things have other tastes in them that come out. Some things are just dull. They're fun in groups with lots of different things to try.
spottylogic
Jul. 1st, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
I've never heard anything but good things about it. Well--I've heard a few complaints that it makes things too sweet, and the fact that the effect goes on for quite some time causes problems. If you know of any particularly good foods to experiment with, do let me know, my mother's also very excited about the fruit and I want to get her a batch for her birthday coming up.
miishal
Jul. 1st, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
If people aren't enjoying it, just have them drink a glass of water and that'll take away most of the effect of the miracle fruit.

As for things that are fun to try, we had a "surprise platter" with various food and drinks. I would recommend vinegar, just because it has the biggest effect - just warn people so they don't burn their throats on it; obviously citrus fruit, lemon is the best, or very sour grapefruit; tomato juice is actually interesting as well; if you can find them, pickled plums, normal pickles might be interesting too although I didn't have them; pineapple might be interesting as well; cherry tomatoes, along the same lines as tomato juice; and basically anything that's been salted or slightly sour is usually good. If there's some way to prevent people from knowing what they're eating, that obviously helps with the overall effect. Enjoy!
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