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Miracle fruit – what is it

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Did you know it’s possible to trick your taste buds? You can with flavor tripping.

Yep, sour lemons can now be made to taste like lemonade and goat cheese can now be made to taste like cheesecake. Well, sort of…It’s all thanks to a special berry called the Miracle Fruit and Three Sheets in Sandy Springs, GA is the only place in the Southeast to carry it.

So how does it work? The Miracle Fruit is a small berry that rewires the way the palate perceives sour flavors for as long as one hour. You bite into the small raspberry-colored berry, which is about the same size of a blueberry, being careful to discard the seed. Then let the berry coat your tongue for about 1 to 2 minutes. This preps your taste buds to interpret flavors differently.

Three Sheets is hosting “flavor tripping” parties where guests can try different foods and see the effects of this Miracle Fruit. We tried various items including, lemon, apple, grapefruit, cottage cheese, blue cheese, and goat cheese, as well as tequila, hot sauce, sour cream, even lemon sorbet with Guinness, claimed to taste like a chocolate float.

How the flavor tripping work?

To me, the citrus fruits like lemon and grapefruit instantly were sweetened having had the Miracle Fruit berry. Some of the other items like the cheeses didn’t taste any different to me. However the hot sauce tasted like sweet and sour sauce and the sour cream did taste slightly sweet. I found that the citrus fruits seemed to have the sweetened effect on all attendees. But everything else varied among guests’ palettes. Some found the cheeses to be sweet. I.E., the goat cheese served with strawberries tasted just like cheesecake. And while the Merlot tasted like Merlot to me, others found it to taste like Port.

I think it is a bit like being hypnotized. It works on some but not on others. We are all wired differently. So, some will experience the Miracle Fruit in its full effect, while others may just taste a “sweet” lemon or grapefruit and not much more. I enjoyed the flavor trip and it could be a fun activity for a group of friends.

About the author

Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!