Did You Know?

Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library

Did You Know?

Fun Facts We Learned at the Library

miracle fruit

Looking for a fun party trick? Treat your guests to miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) and then have them try different foods like lemons or hot sauce. Watch the surprise on their faces when their taste buds trick them into thinking that what they’re eating is sweet.

How does this work? Miracle fruit contains the protein miraculin which binds with the sweet receptors on the tongue and makes food that is normally sour taste sweet. The effects last for about an hour.

Want to learn more interesting and weird facts? Check out Weird but True or one of Ripley’s Believe It or Not books from your local library.

Photo by Hamale Lyman