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'Flavor Tripping' Is Not What I Thought It Was

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'Flavor tripping' revolves around the "miracle fruit" (Synsepalum dulcificum), a little red berry that, after eaten, changes the perceived taste of things eaten afterwards. "The cause of the reaction is a protein called miraculin, which binds with the taste buds and acts as a sweetness inducer when it comes in contact with acids." Neato. People are even starting to throw 'flavor tripping parties'.

Carrie Dashow dropped a large dollop of lemon sorbet into a glass of Guinness, stirred, drank and proclaimed that it tasted like a "chocolate shake."


Nearby, Yuka Yoneda tilted her head back as her boyfriend, Albert Yuen, drizzled Tabasco sauce onto her tongue. She swallowed and considered the flavor: "Doughnut glaze, hot doughnut glaze!"

In a corner, The Geekologie Writer was licking bird shit off the window sill. After deliberation he concluded, "Bird shit, this tastes like bird shit -- now somebody give me a berry."

You can get about 30 berries for $90. Read the whole article for a lot more information if you're interested.

A Tiny Fruit That Tricks the Tongue [nytimes]

Thanks to James, one of the coolest people on the planet

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