I’ve wanted to throw a Miracle Fruit party for years after a couple of my favorite bloggers posted their experiences. We bought tablets on Amazon.
Synsepalum dulcificum, also known as the miracle fruit, is a plant with a berry that when eaten, causes sour foods to taste sweet. When the fruit is eaten, the glycoprotein molecule binds to the tongue’s taste buds, causing sour foods to taste sweet. At neutral pH, miraculin binds and blocks the receptors, but at low pH (resulting from ingestion of sour foods) miraculin binds protons and becomes able to activate the sweet receptors, resulting in the perception of sweet taste. This effect lasts until the protein is washed away by saliva (up to about 60 minutes, but it was more like 20-30 minutes).
We tasted a lot of foods, including: lemons and limes, tomatoes, dried cranberries, grapefruit, kiwi, pineapple, granny smith apples, strawberries, pomegranate, grapes, blackberries, mustard, ketchup, salt & vinegar chips, pickles, sour cream, Tabasco, balsamic vinegar, BBQ sauce, Guinness, tequila, goat and cream cheese. My favorites were the lemons and limes and the cream cheese. The lemons and limes tasted like Pixie Sticks and the cream cheese was kind of like cheesecake. The big disappointment was the Guinness beer which was supposed to taste like a chocolate milkshake, but it just tasted like a slightly less bitter stout beer.
The effects of the tablets wore off faster than I thought, but they are relatively inexpensive so you could always take another one halfway through your tasting. The important thing is to make sure you let the tablet completely dissolve and coat your tongue. It was a lot of fun and something different to do!