Here is another example of what I'm talking about.
Miracle fruit berry turning sour to sweet
It's the red, almond-shaped fruit that will trick your tongue.
"My favorite food was the cherry tomatoes because they just taste like candy," Daniel Didoc, a Wofford College student, said.
He and a group of other students participated in a lecture and eating experience with what's called the miracle fruit berry at the campus library in Spartanburg.
"Only food that you'd expect to be very sour taste very, very sweet," Didoc said.
Organizers set-up tables with sauerkraut, sour cream, lemons, limes, peppers and pickles.
"Pickles taste like pickles, but not as much," he said.
Researchers said the berry comes from W. Africa and when you eat it, a protein reacts with your taste buds and induces sweetness when it comes in contact with acid.
"Never thought that eating a fruit could actually change your perception," Michael Roulhac, another student said.
"I mean it's life changing," he said.
But researchers said the real beauty behind the berry is what it may be able to do for cancer patients.
"This berry could be used to help someone taking chemo treatments taste better for foods, to taste better for them," Oakley Coburn, the Library Dean said.
He organizes cultural events at the library and helped organize the sweet miracle berry experience. He said researchers want to know if it can also be used as a natural sweetener for diabetics.
"Where they really want sweetness, but can't have sugar," he said.
And for the students, the experience was a sweet one.
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Slowly but surely we are rediscovering what the Shaman and witch doctors have known for many, many years. They were probably more in touch with the natural wonders of this old world than our so called "doctors" are today. Just maybe we should try and learn from them! Again...!
Coffee inside this morning. The wind is a tad too chilly for the patio.