A protein in a small fruit known as synsepalum dulcificum can completely transform the wiring of your palate, suppressing the citrus acidic flavors and promoting the sweet, all due to a protein known as 'miraculin'
The party happened on the roof of a building in Queens, New York. Some thirty people stood around a large table with a selection of food, especially citrus and citrus elements that adorned the table. At the door, the host, after collecting the fifteen dollars admission, shared some small red fruits while explaining what to do with them and warned, mainly to newbies, on the effects of the tiny but expensive miracle berry.
When you put it in the mouth chew all the seeds and pulp for a minute. Then go to eat and enjoy the magic, the effect will last you half an hour to two hours, The host of the party and promoter of these meetings calls these "taste trips" or " taste tripping".
The protagonist of the encounter is a sweet berry known by scientists as Synsepalum dulcificum and popularly called the miracle fruit. It is sweet and the molecules that it comprises of possess curious peculiarities. According to Linda Bartoshuk, of the Center for Smell and Taste of the University of Florida, the berry is a native of West Africa but was introduced in the Americas, late in the eighteenth century.
"Synsepalum dulcificum has a protein called 'miraculin' which produces interesting effects in the sense of taste. What happens is that when this protein is linked to the taste buds in the mouth, it acts as an inducer of sweetness when they come into contact with acid. We have no information that to eat this miracle berry results in adverse health effects, "said Bartoshuk.
But not everyone likes the effect of the miracle fruit although the vast majority, say the amazing results in the palate are incredible.
"This tastes like lemonade," exclaimed one participant eating a lemon.
"The beer tastes like malted chocolate," said another.
Gherkins in vinegar, lemons, strawberries, tequilas, beers, different cheeses and brussels sprouts were travelling towards the mouths of the participants, making the experience of eating a unique event.
"People began timidly and then after repeatedly listening to 'oh, oh, wow' etc.. hands and suddenly rushed toward the trays taking pieces of lemons and experiencing its sweet flavour. We avoid putting candy on the table because they are too sweet after eating the miracle fruit . It's best to use citrus fruits and acids in these flavour trips, "explained the host.
In the seventies, the Food and Drug Administration in the United States (FDA) tried to do something useful with Synsepalum dulcificum but were unsuccessful. "We thought it was possible to extract the protein miraculin and turn this into a artificial sweetener as well but is not working, the only way that this protein produces effects is inside the palate, when it is combined with other foods after eating. It is impossible to make a sweetener out of it, However, the beverage industry has begun to show interest in the peculiarities of the berry to transform the taste of any cocktail. "The miracle fruit makes any cheap tequila taste like the best tequila in the world," The miracle berry is also used to make more delightful tasting medicines for sick children. The fruit is sweet and a little seed is bitter. "It's like eating a blueberry,"