The "Miracle Fruit" Turns Sour Foods Sweet

The "Miracle Fruit" Turns Sour Foods Sweet

No, the "miracle fruit" isn't the name of some new and trendy diet scam. What is commonly referred to as the miracle fruit is actually a berry from West Africa called the Synsepalum dulcificum. It gets it miraculous nickname from unbelievable taste properties-eat a miracle berry and all the sour and bitter foods you eat next will taste sweet like candy. For example, tasters recalled the taste of tabasco sauce after eating a miracle berry as similar to hot doughnut glaze. The reason you may not have heard of this berry before is that it is highly perishable, and on the expensive side: A single small berry can cost $2.


Key Facts In This Video

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    There is a west African berry known as the "miracle fruit" that makes things taste sweet after you eat it. (0:38)

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    For about an hour after consuming a miracle berry, nothing you eat will taste like it should. (0:54)

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