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Miracle fruit is not mind-blowing, but it's very, very cool. If you have the choice, go for the magic mushrooms, but otherwise miracle fruit is one of the weirdest food-induced experiences one can have. It's like some weird new experiment from Willy Wonka's factory, only Willy Wonka is some shady horticulturist from Fort Lauderdale known to the world only through his cryptic messages on obscure gardening blogs. But he came through.

The miracle fruit experience itself was awesome. I've tried it three times now. The fruits definitely vary in potency, although I don't know whether the potency is altered by what one has eaten before the miracle fruit. Some people seemed to have a more mild experience, and others' tastes were drastically altered. No one got a dud. Even the three times I tried it, it was different each time. The first time was more mild, the second (at the party) was quite dramatic, and the third was more mild again.

Limes tasted like lime candy, lemons like lemonade, and meyer lemons and red grapefruit were some of the most tasty things I've ever eaten in my life. On the other hand, pineapples and kiwi were cloying, coffee was mostly unchanged, and wine was just plain disgusting. It was clever of Abi to bring a very nice bottle that purported to have grapefruit as one of its primary flavor notes; unfortunately, the miracle fruit didn't allow one to taste any of the acids and sour notes that play on one's tongue when one drinks wine. So it tasted like a really, really cheap white wine. It turned what was supposedly a delicious bottle into Franzia, or, worse, bum wine. Oh well. Miracle fruit giveth, and miracle fruit taketh away.

I also decided to get some goat cheese because of its distinctive sourness. I picked up some of my absolute favorite cheese in the world, Humboldt Fog, which is sold near my house at Brookville Grocery in Cleveland Park for, amazingly, far less per pound than it costs to buy an entire five-pound wheel directly from Cypress Grove Chevre. A five-pound wheel is $85 ($17/pound) direct from the farm (plus shipping), while Brookville has quarter-pound sectors at $13.99/pound. It's $20/pound from the cheese counter at Eastern Market, and they have the added cost of being huge assholes. So I got a couple $6 blocks of Humboldt Fog to taste after the bulk of the crowd left my house (sorry guys, it's damn good cheese). And wow, it was amazing with the miracle fruit. The sour flavors were still present but subtler, while the earthy sweetness was enhanced dramatically. I love Humboldt Fog anyway, but it was an entirely new and amazing experience with the miracle fruit. If you ever find a way to give miracle fruit a shot, I highly recommend a good goat cheese.

I also got several different stouts and bitter beers. Guinness was good with it, but the real stars were the more serious stouts. Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout (my favorite beer, maybe?) was heavenly, and Brooklyn Brewery's Black Chocolate Stout (a good, but normally very bitter beer) was amazingly smooth and creamy. They both seemed to have more body, and more of a flavorful sweetness than stout normally has. The lovely bitter notes, again, were not entirely masked, so unlike what the miracle fruit did to wine, stout was still stout. It maintained all of its characteristics, the miracle fruit merely altered the dynamics of the characteristics, emphasizing the chocolatey, earthy, malty, and fermenty flavors, while smoothing out the bitterness. Many people in attendance described the chocolate stout as tasting "just like ice cream."

Overall, it was a blast. Everyone had fun, and no one reported any ill effects. And even though the miraculous effect only lasted about half an hour, I will never taste citrus the same way again. It may be impossible for one to realize how much sweetness is present in citrus until one has had the sourness chemically masked. Lemons and limes are full of natural sugars, salts, and acids, but those flavors are normally pretty well-hidden behind the tartness. Now that I've tasted them, however, I think I will always be able to detect those flavors in them. It's like those magic eye posters, or most riddles... they're sometimes tough to "get," but when you've seen them once or heard the answer, it's easy to find again and it makes perfect sense.

Jacob has a full write-up at Eat Foo (cross-posted to his site), and Abi posted some photos. Martin of Boztopia was in attendance and made some brief remarks about his (apparently less dramatic) experience. And Natasha of Eat Foo was also there, so maybe she'll post a write-up as well. If you have the chance, you should definitely give it a try some time. And if you want to order some, email me and I'll give you contact info for the source from whom I got the miracle fruit you can get it from this guy.

[Crossposted at Barzelay.net.]

Posted by Barzelay on 2007/02/04 @ 23:58 | Comments (42) | EatFoo 1.0 Posts


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i recently bought some miracle fruit seeds and am attempting to grow them. A seemingly impossible task because it is the winter and i live in new york. But i shall not give up, for your article has peaked my interest even more. I really really hope this works.

Posted by: max at February 5, 2007 9:05 PM


Article in today's Wall Street Journal

Posted by: jeff miller at March 30, 2007 9:54 AM


If I ever get a chance at it, it's a Sourdough bread and Romano sandwich for me! Bet it would be incredible.

Posted by: Scorpio at April 3, 2007 4:03 PM


I already make Miracle Fruit pill. Each pill cost 3 fresh fruits to make. The manufacture I choose is Taiwan GMP certified manufacture. My partner and me are working with FDA right now and by the beginning of next month, I'll have about 200 pills in retail package. The reason we make it pill because the miracle fruit is really hard to transport from oversea to here, not only they will shirk very fast, but also they oxidize very fast. My partner and me are planning to launch the product in Los Angelas area in May or June. If any one want to try out our new product, please shoot me an e-mail to HYL768s@HOTMAIL.COM.
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Posted by: mick at June 6, 2007 8:13 AM


Hi, just wanted to say what a great article this is. Because of it I went to look for miracle fruit myself. Unfortunately, they are hard to find in the UK. There are a couple of places but they are charging far too much!

In the end, the cheapest place I found was http://miracleuk.info/. They ship really fast and the effect is really cool! It's so weird having lemon juice taste sweet. Definitely something to try.

Posted by: Saul Simons at November 27, 2007 6:50 PM


Anyone got good recommendations for foods to try with miracle fruit?

Posted by: Miraculin at February 25, 2008 7:39 PM


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Posted by: Melissik at May 7, 2008 9:37 AM


I have tried miracle fruit and it was really amazing any sour fruit I try taste sweet even pepper it does'nt taste hot! I also ask my friends to tried it and they are also amazed! now we have grown miracle fruit trees at the backyard. We were also able to grow more seedlings maybe because of our climate. Miracle fruit is not yet popular in the Philippines.

Posted by: lizette at June 2, 2008 2:44 PM


There is a limited quantity of fresh Miracle Fruit seeds available for purchase at CRSeeds.com

Regards,

Rodrigo

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Posted by: thang at June 13, 2008 7:58 PM


Hi everyone. I have begun importing the tabs direct from the manufacturer in Taiwan. I ship fast, free 2-3 day priority. Please e-mail me if you have any questions about the product.

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Posted by: miracle fruit express at June 22, 2008 2:49 PM


Hey, I got mine from http://www.miraclefruitworld.com/ as well. The courier accidentally damaged the item but I immediately got a free replacement from the vendor. Great service, highly recommended! They also have a list of foods and some recipes posted on their website. Enjoy the fruit as did I!

Posted by: AHva at July 10, 2008 3:14 AM


Love the miracle fruit, Many people i know try this and love the experience seems to of got wider known since the media light shown on it and TV programs and chat shows using it.

I have had a few miracle fruit parties and own a plant myself.

I purchased from http://www.miraclefruithut.com they've got some of the best pricing i have seen for the fruit.

Posted by: Andy Peters at October 23, 2008 4:00 PM


Brilliant post. I tried miracle fruit for the first time this summer. Lemons, limes, and grapefruits I loved. As far as beers go, I haven't tried any that I really like with the miracle fruit. I'll have to try a stout.
Berries and tablets are getting more expensive, though. I got mine from miraclefruithut.com, but you can find some deals on ebay.

Posted by: Angel at November 20, 2008 6:20 PM


Thanks for enlightening me on the miracle fruit...

i found a supplier a few days that have sent me numerious packs of tablets and a plant.

http://www.MiracleFruitHut.com

These actually make a really good christmas present aswell my presents are sorted this year lol.

Posted by: James Louwell at December 11, 2008 6:59 AM


I currently sell miracle fruit as well as plants and seeds at
www.ethanbradley.com


Thanks!

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I bought my tablets and fresh fruit at www.buy-miracle-fruit.com. They have super fast shipping and excellent customer service. And they have a ipod raffle too. I hope I win though :D

Posted by: Johnny at September 20, 2009 7:34 PM


If I ever get a chance at it, it's a Sourdough bread and Romano sandwich for me! Bet it would be incredible

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Posted by: MiracleFruitHut at October 5, 2009 12:58 PM


Love the miracle fruit, Many people i know try this and love the experience seems to of got wider known since the media light shown on it and TV programs and chat shows using it.

I have had a few miracle fruit parties and own a plant myself.

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Anyone got good recommendations for foods to try with miracle fruit?

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world wide delivery also have tryed and are growing so i will try to answer any questions.

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Haha. "Bum wine." That's what my parents said when they tried wine with the miracle fruit. I try to stay away from wine using the miracle fruit. Now, messing with certain cocktail mixes is a different story.

Posted by: Angel at July 18, 2010 9:11 AM


Haha. "Bum wine." That's what my parents said when they tried wine with the miracle fruit. I try to stay away from wine using the miracle fruit. Now, messing with certain cocktail mixes is a different story

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Fruity beers are great with miracle fruit. Darkhorse's raspberry ale and Schmoze strawberry ale are my favorites. Another great and simple recipe is tonic water with lemon or lime squeezed into it. Tastes like pop but much better for you.

If anyone is interested in throwing a fundraiser and using miracle fruit, try www.miraclefruitfundraisers.com They have a great program and make it easy to throw a successful event.

Posted by: Lisa Nowak at September 9, 2010 1:14 PM


Miracle fruit? is this thing real? I never heard of it. I would love to do a diet of only fruit if they can give you all your body needs tho :S

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