[NAFEX] Fwd: About effect of miracle fruit.

Dr. Chiranjit Parmar parmarch at gmail.com
Sat Mar 31 08:13:18 EDT 2007


Dear Nafexers,

The same article was forwarded to us in Rarefruits mail group too.  Here is
the reply sent by me to the Group in resonse to that article.

May be some of you also find it interesting.

C. PARMAR

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dr. Chiranjit Parmar <parmarch at gmail.com>
Date: Mar 31, 2007 5:30 PM
Subject: About effect of miracle fruit.
To: rarefruit at yahoogroups.com


Dear all,

I read the interesting article on Miracle fruit published in the Wall Street
Journal that was forwarded to the Group by Oscar.

The article appears to state that Miracle fruit can TURN of the sour tasting
substances into sweet tasting.  I do not think it is like that. I tasted
this fruit first at Fairchild Botanical Garden and then at a friend's home
garden at Miami, Florida.  I think some ingredients contained in the pulp
temporarily desensitize those taste buds of the tongue which perceive sour
taste.  The effect is for 40-60 minutes.  So during that period, one cannot
feel the sour taste contained in the fruit.  At Fairchild, where I was taken
by Warren Condon, we tried some citrus fruit.  It tasted sweet.  But it was
not because the citric acid had been conveted into some sweet tasting
substance, but the tongue had stopped perceiving the sour taste of the
acid.  Most citrus fruits contain some sugars too.  The sweetness is due to
the presence of those sugars.  This sweetness was earlier dominated by the
sourness of the high acid content.

At other places, we tried some apples after eating a miracle fruit.  These
tasted flatly sweet.

So I do not think that Miracle fruit can be used to develop some sweetener
like saccharin or as contained in the leaves of Stevia.

We have one vine GUDMAR (Gymnema sylvestre) growing in the forests of
Central India. If one chews 2-3 leaves (fresh or dried) of this plant, one
does not taste sweet for one hour.  If you put a cube of sugar in your mouth
after that, it tastes like a lump of sand.

Another fruit capable of changing the taste is amla (Emblica officinalis).
If you drink water after eating one amla fruit, the water tastes sweet.  The
effect, however, remains only for 2-3 minutes.  Amla, otherwise is not very
palatable due to its sour and astringent taste.  But it tastes good after
some time.  So in India say, that the real value of a wise person's advice
and the real taste of amla are known only after some time and not
immediately.

Best regards,

Very truly yours,

Dr. Chiranjit Parmar
186/3 Jail Road
Mandi  HP  175001 INDIA
www.lesserknownindianplants.com


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Best regards,

Very truly yours,

Dr. Chiranjit Parmar
186/3 Jail Road
Mandi  HP  175001 INDIA
www.lesserknownindianplants.com
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