Thursday, July 24, 2024

Miracle Berry Flavor Tripping Party @ La Strada Friday 7/25 at 5:30

The Miracle Berry, Sideroxylon dulcificum, comes from an evergreen native to West Africa. It has the odd Wonka-esque quality of changing all bitter and sour flavors to sweet. The fruit was first documented by Chevalier des Marchais, an explorer, in 1725 while on an excursion. The active chemical miraculin binds to the taste buds inhibiting the bitter and sour qualities in whatever food is eaten after chewing the fleshy part of the berry, making even a sip of acidic vinegar taste sweet. The fruit itself is not outstanding in anyway, tasting much like a bland version of cranberry. But, to my knowledge, there is no other way to get Tabasco sauce to taste like a piquant donut glaze straight from the bottle. The berries are expensive and highly perishable but La Strada is taking reservations for $20 a head which includes a berry and an assortment of foods to amuse your bouche.

$20 at the door

La Strada
322 Westheimer Rd. @ Taft


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