I spent this morning driving around with my Dad showing him the sights of Darwin town after laksa at Mary's in Parap, photos of low tide at the Nightcliff Jetty (teaching dad to use ‘Pano’ on his iphone) and hanging out at the Darwin Surf Life Saving Club it was then - that while driving down Trower Road I lost my mind with excitement!!!!!
Miracle Berries are back baby!
What the internet machine says about Miracle Berries:
Synsepalum dulcificum, also known as the miracle fruit, is a plant with a berry that when eaten, causes sour foods (such as lemons and limes) subsequently consumed to taste sweet. This effect is due to miraculin, which is used commercially as a sugar substitute. Common names for this species and its berry include miracle fruit, miracle berry, miraculous berry, sweet berry, and in West Africa, where the species originates, agbayun, taami, asaa, and ledidi.
When the fleshy part of the fruit is eaten, this 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).
If you want to go buy some and live in Darwin click the link below - Lilly is a lovely lady who sells plants and berries from her front yard!