The Miracle Fruit

by brian lam

At Thanksgiving dinner with friends, I discovered that Vai, from Tahiti, has a fruit in her backyard that can turn anything you eat after it into the most delicious treat. This is not a joke.

A little more research turns up that the fruit tree in her backyard is Synsepalum Dulcificum and it is not native to Tahiti, but actually, West Africa. It was discovered in the 18th century and is used as a sweetener substitute, even though it has very little sugar in it, actually.

The New York Times says, in its 2008 writeup, that the fruit works indirectly by rewiring our tastebuds to take sour tastes and make them seem sweet.The efffects wlast for about 15-60 minutes, and experts claim to not be aware of any dangers. A berry costs $2, but I found these tablets for $1 each on Amazon.

“You pop it in your mouth and scrape the pulp off the seed, swirl it around and hold it in your mouth for about a minute,”

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