Tonight’s episode of Food Detectives on the Food Network had a really interesting segment on the “miracle berry”. Apparently it alters the taste buds on your tongue and causes foods, especially acidic ones, to taste sweet. Since it doesn’t affect your brain, there’s no dangers associated with it (yet) and its pretty much just used for fun. Even at $2.50 for a single berry, I’d try it, mostly because it sounds really bizarre.
Some people are making money by holding “flavor tripping” parties and charging admission, but I’m pretty sure there’s got to be some bigger mass market ideas out there.
More from the NY Times.
Also, props to Food Detectives for doing something more interesting than its usual fare of brain freeze and the “five second rule”.