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Taste Test: Miracle Berry Tablet

Since the New York Times piece on flavor tripping came out last May, the culinary world has been obsessed with the miracle berry. When consumed, the berry changes the tongue's tastebud molecules, making sour and bitter foods taste sweet. While there has been controversy surrounding the company who sells the fresh berries, the miracle fruit can easily be enjoyed in tablet form. Recently I went to a party where guests were invited to taste these tablets. Everyone was given a pill and a sampler plate of intensely flavored ingredients. To find out what happened when I popped the miracle berry pill,

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Although I was told the effects of the pill were immediate, mine took a few minutes to kick in. The slice of green apple we were instructed to consume first tasted crisp, juicy, and exactly like every other green apple I've eaten for the last 26 years. However, when we moved on to the lemon, there was a distinct difference in the citrus's flavor. It was sweet! Afraid it was suddenly going to turn sour, I ate it quickly, biting into the flesh as if it were an orange.

Unfortunately the lemon was the highlight of the sampler plate. The pickled ginger had a fresh, slightly juicier flavor than regular pickled ginger, but it wasn't drastically changed. The creamy goat cheese tasted like goat cheese and the dried cranberry like dried cranberry. The shot of Tabasco burnt my mouth and stung my lips, but the shot of Guinness tasted oddly like a frothy, fruit smoothie.

I greatly enjoyed the experience (you can too, for $20); it was fun, but the tablet was overrated. I was expecting to be blown away; instead, I was teased with the lemon and left wanting more from the other ingredients. Still, I'm definitely willing to give the miracle berry a second chance.

Has anyone else tasted the miracle fruit? What did you think?


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JackL JackL 7 years
What the heck, I may as well post m source here as well :) I received my package today from http://www.miraclefruitworld.com These tablets really work as described... Insane, haha
nycsoholover nycsoholover 7 years
Well I got my shipment today from someplace online and we had a few people over tonight watching some movies ( hills ) and I had opening my tablets and split each one up and handed them out to my gfriends and a few guys and we tested them out, absolutely amazing in every aspect. It was so cool and so worth the money. Im thinking this would be a great idea to loose weight on and im going to try and post back on here soon . But for now if you wanna buy some check out this company website, there where I bought them from and I got them in 1 day, when I receievd the package there from cleveland, check out www.miracleberrypill.com
hannahsnow hannahsnow 7 years
Cool! I wanted to try the miracle fruit, but the shipping was too much. I'm going to order these today.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
I'm with Jude C and milosmommy - I don't really see the point in this?
milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
That sounds a little too wierd for me. I want my food to taste like what it's supposed to taste like.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 7 years
Off topic: Irish Car Bombs (Guiness chugged after dropping in a shot of half Irish whiskey and half Bailey's Irish Cream) taste like German chocolate cake. On topic: I've never heard of that fruit, but I'd be hesitant to try any 'fake' thing that would mess with my senses. I would maybe try the real fruit.
tastetrips tastetrips 7 years
that's http://www.miracleberrytablets.co.uk
tastetrips tastetrips 7 years
The packets in the article are UK kind. and can be purchased from the original seller of these tablets (worldwide) at htt://www.miracleberrytablets.co.uk homepage or at http://www.tastetrips.com in the USA you should be purchasing the green packets or you would be getting them through UK exporters.. as for foods, you are better with all the citris fruits.. Grapefruit, lemons, limes.. also rhubarb and other sour stuff. Acidic foods are what you need. and Guinness hope this helps Taste Trips
nancita nancita 7 years
Dude, the Guinness tasted like a fruit smoothie? That is so trippy!
jspeed jspeed 7 years
I just bought some of the pills from ThinkGeek.com, but haven't tried them yet. If you go to this site http://raspberryeggplant.blogspot.com/2008/06/miracle-fruit-party.html there is a review of a tasting party, which explains that the foods have to be acidic in order for it to work (hence the lemon was sweet, but the goat cheese wasn't). I think they will probably be worth it, if nothing else, so that grapefruit will taste good to me for once. I know it's super healthy, but I've never liked it. I am also eager to try the Guinnes with it!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I just find it sort of odd to have to pop a pill to get a flavor effect. What if you're eating a bunch of different stuff and don't want everything to be sweet?
Da-Ly Da-Ly 7 years
Hmm... it sounds cool, but I think I'd rather buy the plant and go from there rather than tablets.
jen1975 jen1975 7 years
I bet the effect is better with the actual berry.
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