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  1.  (2407.1)
    From NYTimes
    Carrie Dashow dropped a large dollop of lemon sorbet into a glass of Guinness, stirred, drank and proclaimed that it tasted like a “chocolate shake.”

    Nearby, Yuka Yoneda tilted her head back as her boyfriend, Albert Yuen, drizzled Tabasco sauce onto her tongue. She swallowed and considered the flavor: “Doughnut glaze, hot doughnut glaze!”

    They were among 40 or so people who were tasting under the influence of a small red berry called miracle fruit at a rooftop party in Long Island City, Queens, last Friday night. The berry rewires the way the palate perceives sour flavors for an hour or so, rendering lemons as sweet as candy.

    The host was Franz Aliquo, 32, a lawyer who styles himself Supreme Commander (Supreme for short) when he’s presiding over what he calls “flavor tripping parties.” Mr. Aliquo greeted new arrivals and took their $15 entrance fees. In return, he handed each one a single berry from his jacket pocket.

    Fascinating stuff. You can read more about the Fruit (and purchase it) on this site.
  2.  (2407.2)
    what? this is crazy. and awesome. i wanna try!
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2008
    I would so do this and then burn holes into my mouth from the acids in sour foods.

    True story, I once ate a lot of sour skittles and ended up with burns in my cheeks.

    I want it.
    • CommentTimeMay 29th 2008 edited
    I actually came across this plant in some other research the other day. Flavor tripping? Sounds like fun/recipe for stomachache.

    Miraculin on Wikipedia. The Japanese are working to mass produce it, assuredly to make more fucking weird-ass candy.

    Edit :

    The detailed mechanism of the taste-inducing behaviour is still unknown. It has been suggested that the miraculin protein can change the structure of taste cells on the tongue.

    Does this mean you could theoretically have end up as a permanent flavor burn-out from flavor tripping? Dare to keep off food additives, kids!
  3.  (2407.5)
    Sounds unique and slightly dangerous. A perfect combination.