ARLINGTON, Va. -- At a party here one recent Friday, Jacob Grier stood on a chair, pulled out a plastic bag full of small berries, and invited everyone to eat one apiece. "Make sure it coats your tongue," he said.
Mr. Grier's guests were about to go under the influence of miracle fruit, a slightly tart West African berry with a strange property: For about an hour after you eat it, everything sour tastes sweet. [MORE]
More from the New York Times "A Tiny Fruit That Tricks the Tongue" on Miracle Fruit parties.
2010 update: 'Miracle' Tomato Turns Sour Foods Sweet - For the past several years, Japense scientists have been developing bio-production systems to inexpensively churn out loads of miraculin — a natural taste-altering protein that makes sour foods seem oh so sweet. Their newest biotech reactor: grape tomatoes. [MORE]