Miracle Frooties -- Making Sour Foods Taste Sweet

As I write this, I have a glass of apple cider vinegar and water on my desk. I made it good and strong -- maybe a quarter-cup of vinegar. And I added no sugar nor sweetener.

Yet it tastes delicious -- sweet and sour and apple-y. How can this be?

Miracle Frooties. And ain't they just the darnedest things?

You suck a Miracle Frootie until it's gone; the flavor is unremarkable, mildly fruity, but nothing you'd eat for its own sake. But after you suck a Miracle Frooty(Frootie?), sour things magically taste sweet. Hence, my glass of vinegar water that tastes like apple juice.

There are reports of lemons tasting like lemon drops; I may try that next -- or, come to think of it, I have grapefruit in the fridge. Bet that would be great. I may try a Miracle Frooty this summer when the sour cherries are in season! And I bet they'd be great with strawberries that are less-than-ideally sweet. The "magic" is supposed to last for anywhere between 15 minutes and an hour, mostly depending on what you eat.

Miracle Frooties mention just two ingredients on the box, "Miracle Fruit" and potato starch, though at Amazon.com -- my source -- they also list microcrystalline Cellulose, dibasic calcium phosphate and magnesium stearate; these don't alarm me.

But what's "Miracle Fruit"? Wikipedia says it's Synsepalum ducificum, a West African berry. The berry contains "miraculin," a compound that has this effect on the tongue. "Miraculin," huh? Sounds like the marketing guys named it. Reportedly the berry itself is low in sugar, and I can't imagine there's enough potato starch in one little tablet to spike blood sugar, so I'm pronouncing Miracle Frooties low carb.

They're not cheap; 10 tablets run $15, so unless the price comes down these are more a novelty than a viable alternative to other sweeteners. However, Wikipedia says that Miracle Fruit is now being cultivated in Puerto Rico and South Florida, so it's possible that the cost may eventually come down in the US.

Miracle Frooties are a fun diversion that can make your favorite sour foods sweet without sugar or artificial sweeteners. Worth a try!

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A thought or so...

There was a CSI (New York, I think) where this was used in a murder - dah dah DAH! And the concept has been used in a couple of sci-fi stories I've read at some stage whereby you eat one thing that makes unpalatable food ambrosial with disastrous consequences

Surely a long-term low-carber would have a skewed (or should I say corrected) idea of what is sweet, so you'd be a rotten judge of what tastes sweet? I can't bear most sweet things now; it all tastes poisonous (which it is, of course). Oddly, the only thing I enjoy really sweet is custard - and I make my own with eggs, cream and stevia, which is now more readily available this side of the Pond, these days, so I can make that low-carb.

Why isn't the fruit on sale? Surely the fruit is cheaper than this highly processed tablet?

I wonder what the Wolverine makes of this berry? He makes an excellent argument that the majority of plants have thoughts for their own survival to the detriment of those who eat them. Eat me, sucker, and the toxic plants around me will taste utterly yummy.



Hah! I'd love to see that ep.

I do find that most commercially-sweetened stuff is too sweet for me anymore -- particularly soda pop, which I loathe -- but I do like dark chocolate, and no-sugar-added ice cream, and occasionally make a good SF dessert. ("Occasionally" is defined as "maybe 3-4 times a year, or when I'm working on a cookbook.")

The fruit is not on sale because it's extremely perishable, and the "miraculin" does not survive heat processing.

Wolverine has a point. Or as one speaker at the Ancestral Health Symposium put it last summer, "Animals quit fighting back once they're dead." Well, except for those puffer fish they use for sashimi. But mostly, yeah.