Have you tried miracle fruit? The small red berry, native to West Africa, contains a protein called miraculin, which binds with our taste buds and, when introduced to acids, makes sour taste sweet.
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Called "LSD for your mouth," the fruit creates a result that's supposed to be strange. There's a cottage industry of "mouth tripping" parties where people pay to take the berry and experiment with different flavors.
From time to time, the berry pops up in Miami, and the Fruit & Spice Park has a miracle fruit tree on property. Online suppliers sell the berries for about $2.50 each -- making them an expensive little "parlor trick."
On a recent trip to Home Depot, I spotted something interesting. Along with some blackberry bushes, the hardware megastore was selling baby miracle fruit trees. At $29.99, they were about three times more expensive than other plants, but one little tree was already bearing fruit and was begging me to take it home. More »