Flavor tripping is a totally unique (and safe) culinary experience. To flavor trip, you eat a berry known as miracle fruit or miracle berry (or a pill or powder made from the berry) and it makes sour foods taste sweet. Just one berry will give you the effect for 30 minutes to an hour and allow you to experience food in a completely new way. Miracle fruit is best when tried with friends at a flavor tripping party.
Over the next few pages, I’ll give you the skinny on where to get miracle fruit, what types of things to eat with it, and my personal experience with miracle berries.
First, where to buy miracle fruit…
I first tried miracle fruit back in 2009. Then, it wasn’t available online. My miracle fruit was purchased via the determination of Groom 1.0.
Groom 1.0 snuck into a dark alley in the dead of night and said the secret code word: berry. The berries were handed off to him by a man in dark sunglasses, sucking on a sour lollipop.
Truthfully, Groom 1.0 was in New Jersey on business and sought out an Eden Gourmet store – an upscale chain that carried the berries. He scoped out the store early in the week and found that the berries were sold out and he needed to reserve some. Props to Groom 1.0 for planning ahead!
When he went at the end of the week to get the miracle berries, they were not out in the open, but hidden behind the deli counter. Many of the people who worked there hadn’t heard of the miracle berries and only a few had tried them.
Groom 1.0 then transported the miracle berries on ice back to St. Louis (only dumping the ice out briefly to get through airport security). We worried that perhaps the berries would be confiscated by the TSA, but it isn’t a drug, it’s just a berry.
Now, it’s so much easier to find miracle fruit.
Where To Buy Miracle Fruit?
The fresh berries cost about two dollars per berry. Before you balk at the price, think about the number of times in your life you have paid well more than two dollars for an hour’s entertainment.
Once you’ve acquired miracle fruit, you’ll need to know how to properly eat it…
How to Eat Miracle Fruit
Before putting the miracle fruit in your mouth, cleanse your palate with a tall glass of water.
The miracle fruit needs to coat your mouth in order to have an effect, so don’t just quickly swallow it down. You should hold it in your mouth and swoosh it around for a little bit. Then, bite into it and make sure the juices coat your whole mouth.
Don’t eat the pit. One party goer did and said it was nasty!
Groom 1.0 claimed that the effect of the berry did not occur in parts of his mouth that weren’t coated. I did not personally experience that.
What Does Miracle Fruit Taste Like?
The surprising (at least to me) thing about eating miracle fruit is that it tastes really good. It’s a tangy berry that tastes sort of like a sweetened cranberry.
Does the Miracle Fruit Take Effect Immediately?
I found that I needed to wait a few minutes for the berry to take full effect.
The important thing to consider when eating the miracle fruit is what to try with it…
What to Serve at a Flavor Tripping Party
The idea with a flavor tripping party (where guests gather to try the miracle fruit) is to serve foods that are very sour – things that without the berry will give you the same squniched up faces as Brad and Christina in the photo above.
At our party, we tried:
- Sour candy
- Bleu Cheese
- Chocolate (sure, it’s not sour to start with, but we were curious)
- A few assorted sour drinks
- Sour cupcakes with goat cheese frosting
It was definitely not your standard party food!
Whether you like it or not, you should try all of these foods before tasting the miracle berries. Otherwise, you won’t know just how much of a difference the miracle fruit makes.
Here is a run-down of everything we tried at our flavor tripping party and the effect of the miracle berries on each item…
My Flavor Tripping Report
As for the cocktail onions, I’m not sure that they even got opened. No one wanted to try them, berry or not.
My friend Christina walked into St. Louis’ only grocery store devoted almost exclusively to local products, Local Harvest, and asked the owner what were some sour things she should buy for our party. The owner recommended this drink, Kombucha. It was crazy sour! It was definitely better with the berry! Although, Groom 1.0 and Jonathan both liked drinking it pre-berry.
The flavor tripping experience was a bit much for some. The part of it that I didn’t like was that it actually made my saliva sweet. My mouth felt like it was permanently sucking on a candy. I was glad when it all wore off, but I was also glad to have tried it!