Miracle now in tablet form
Some of you may have read Rob Kasper's column awhile back about the "miracle fruit," Synsepalum dulcificum. The West African berry temporarily alters tastebuds, so bitter and sour taste sweet.
Intriguing, but like many intriguing things, not quite worth the cost. The fruit is hard to get, takes special handling and is expensive.
But it's also extremely popular. It's no surprise, then, that someone has decided to freeze-dry the fruit, make it into a table that isn't so perishable and give it a catchy name (mberry). ...
Apparently the company sent me some samples while I was on vacation, but they never made it to my desk. So I can't tell you from first-hand experience whether, as Charles Lee, founder and CEO of mberry said, "Tabasco turned to hot donut glaze, strawberries tasted as though they were coated in powdered sugar, and of course lemons turned to lemonade. The experience was surreal to say the least."
Of course, Tabasco and strawberries are two of my favorite things, while powdered sugar isn't. But whatever.
If this stuff is as trendy as everyone seems to think it is, some of you must have tried it. Maybe you've even bought mberry tablets or the fruit itself. If so, please post below.
On the plus side, it seems safer than artificial sweeteners if you're diabetic and craving sweets. And according to company claims, it can help counteract the bland or metallic taste left by chemotherapy, so it may be of use to cancer patients. But I think its main use is for "flavor tripping" parties.Oh well, better that than crack.