Jumat, 30 Mei 2008


Wednesday's Dining Out section of The New York Times had an article ("A Tiny Fruit That Tricks the Tongue") which delighted me because it was strange and interesting and provocative, and because it was about a fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum. I like learning about new fruit. And this is a wacky one. According to the article, the berry "rewires the way the palate perceives sour flavors for an hour or so, rendering lemons as sweet as candy." What a thrill to find an (apparently) harmless fruit that messes with our expectations. People are having flavor-tripping parties. I think I'd like to go to one. If a berry from West Africa can alter our palate, are there nuts from Brazil or coffee beans from Central America that could rewire the way our ears perceive music? If vinegar can taste like apple juice and goat cheese becomes cheesecake, could Philip Glass sound like Arnold Schoenberg? If I could only find funding, I would set sail on a tall-masted ship in search of this. I would bring scientists and musicians with me, and crates of oranges for the crew. And the Synsepalum dulcificum, which I would ration like rum.

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