How sweet it is

Miracle berries cause a chemical reaction that makes even the sourest foods taste sweet

Jennifer Lowell
Jenn Lowell spent her time at the University of Colorado building robots and other toys before earning her graduate degree in mechatronics and mechanical engineering. She is a self-proclaimed lover of anything that runs off of electricity and has moving parts or motors. Currently pulling double-duty as a high school science teacher and freelance blogger, she has free time seldom enough to deeply appreciate the modern technological conveniences that give her more of it. She is a long-time recreational blogger currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY.
Jennifer Lowell
Who knew you could package a prank on your taste buds? Popgadget
If you frequent farmers' markets in the summer, then you know the stark contrast between produce you can find in the heat of July and that found in winter. Fruits that are normally sweet take on a sour, bitter, or dull flavor that doesn't improve until the weather does.

Some of us are trained, at this point, to eat with the seasons for the freshest flavors. That being said, there's nothing worse than biting into a piece of fruit and being rewarded with a sour taste that feels something like getting punched in the taste buds. Apparently, the way around this kind of unpleasantness for the palate is through these Miracle fruit tablets.

According to the manufacturers, these "miracle berries" cause a protein reaction in your mouth that causes things that would normally taste bitter or sour to taste sweet. According to a certain group of taste-testers at ThinkGeek, oranges that were already sweet tasted like "they were plucked from the Garden of Eden."

One tablet lasts for an hour, but even just a half tablet is enough to sweet even the tartest foods. You can pick up a box of 10 tablets for $20 from ThinkGeek.