Wednesday, January 13, 2010

WhaT iF: Flavor Tripping

wifExploring the next (possible) bustle for Sludge.

Name: Flavor Tripping

Basics: Tasting under the influence of a small red berry called miracle fruit. The berry rewires the way the palate perceives sour flavors for an hour or so, rendering lemons as sweet as candy. The miracle fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum, is native to West Africa & has been known to Westerners since the 18th century. The cranberry-shaped fruits must be flown in overnight to avoid turning mushy & brown. The cause of the reaction is a protein called miraculin, which binds with the taste buds and acts as a sweetness inducer when it comes in contact with acids.

Co-Ed [Y/N]? Yes.

Family-friendly [Y/N]? Not so much.

Outdoors [Y/N]? Could be.

Local [Y/N]? Yes.

Cost [$-$$$$]: $

Time Commitment: Trips last about an hour.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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