So... we ate Miracle Berries.
I know that sounds like I'm either a druggie or a hippie, but I swear I'm not.
Miracle Berries are this crazy fruit from West Africa. They're bright red, have a large pit in them, and taste a bit like a weak grape. So why eat them? Because they have a protein in them called miraculin (seriously) that binds to the sour receptors on your tongue and makes sour things taste sweet for half an hour.
When I read about these, I had to have them. My friends and I pooled together and ordered 20 of them from Curtis Mozie, a miracle berry grower and farmer in Florida. They weren't cheap - about $65 for the order which was shipped overnight to keep them fresh.
We arrived at Central Market and went totally nuts. Lemons, limes, grapefruit, kumquats, rhubarb, raspberries, varigated pink lemons, mayer lemons, and granny smith apples were all corralled in our shopping carts.
I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical. How could it be that this is the ONE food that alters your taste? It seemed ridiculous, but people on the internet raved about them. And you know... if people on the internet like it, it must be great.
We cut up all the fruit into bite sized pieces and ceremoniously ate our berries at the same time. We glanced at each other as if to say, "you feel anything?"
We didn't. They tasted like almost nothing. Not unpleasant, but no real flavor of their own. As I spit out the pit and swallowed the fruit the aftertaste tasted mildly sweet.
Everyone reached excitedly for a lemon slice, with peel still attached, and chomped down. Almost simultaneously everyone said the same thing :
It was amazing. We could eat lemons without so much as wincing - they tasted like sweet lemonade. Limes were amazing. The apples tasted about the same. Raspberries, kumquats, and mayer lemons tasted like candy. Rhubarb tasted like apples. I wasn't too impressed with it until I tried some after the berries wore off. Totally inedible. Grapefruit was delicious and I don't even like grapefruit.
The effect didn't quite last half an hour. Maybe fifteen or twenty minutes of voracious eating. Eating two at once didn't change anything.
All in all... pretty neat.
I recommend fruit like: grape (white), lime, grapefruit, blueberry and strawberry with miracle fruit.
For those looking to purchase fresh miracle fruit grown in Florida, I sell them on my website at www.ethanbradley.com . Thanks!
Ha, I love it when you can actually try these things out for yourself...including polyphasic sleep...(I'm going for round two in a few weeks)
I wonder if you had a good bowl of vanilla icecream, and loaded it with lemons, raspberries, rhubarb, and other sour fruits. Take a bite of the miracle berries then gorge. I wonder what a taste sensation that would be or would the ice cream ruin it?
Got Curtis's details from Google:
Curtis Mozie 410 SW 29th Terrace Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312 U.S.A.
Miracle fruit trees, fruit, and seeds or seedlings available by request.
Ok, I officially LOVE raw food. I started eating raw about five weeks ago, and have been 99% raw since (my trespasses? a tiny brownie, a few sprouted grain english muffins, and a stupid eggplant pizza). Let's do the math on this baby :
First I ate 100% of whatever I wanted. I loved fried foods, desserts, and pizza. Thanks to miraculous metabolism, I never gained too much weight. Then I read Fantastic Voyage : Live Long Enough to Live Forever, hacked away at my diet, and cut out probably 70% of the foods I used to eat. Later I researched more and cut out 90% of those foods, leaving me eating about 7% of what I initially ate. I wrote a book called The Skinny Snob about that. Going raw eliminated at least 70% of those foods, so now I'm down to about 2-3% of the foods I ate a year ago. Based on my daily diet I would consider that wholly accurate.
Now... that is a wild change. Especially coming from me. I would constantly mock anyone trying to go on a diet and explain that you should just eat whatever you wanted. No amount of logic would get me to change. What did get me to change was my inclination to try things for 7 or 30 days, and the accompanying drastic results.
I ate a blueberry scone today. I normally don't eat sweets, but I've been walking about 5 hours a day seeing sights and temples, and I realized I was only eating like 1800 calories. So, that ain't good. The only high calorie item at Starbucks, so I got the scone. It tasted great.
And I thought about it. Why does the scone taste great, when healthier stuff doesn't?
Answer: Because our taste buds don't suit us well in the modern day. The reason junk food tastes good is because it was advantageous in the past. Sweet things, high density carbs, and fats were really efficient for surviving and not poisonous back then.
But now, they're not the best way. The taste buds evolved to help us survive, but now they're kind of not helping. It's like a broken speedometer in a car. Foods are supposed to taste good to let you know that they're safe and beneficial to eat. But now, we don't get poisoned from toxic plants... we get poisoned from too much refined sugar with diabetes and obesity and such.
It'd be like if you were watching the speedometer in the car and it said "65" on the freeway, but you were going 110 in reality. Eating off what your taste buds tell you is bad for your survival now.