Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Tiny Fruit that Tricks the Tongue - NY Times

The May 28, 2008 edition of the New York Times ran an article describing one of the latest "party fad" in the New York area. People attending these parties are given a West African fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum, that distorts your sense of taste and then allowed to taste a variety of foods. This could be a fantastic introduction or conclusion to a discussion on the sense of taste. The article, with video clip, can be found at http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/28/dining/28flavor.html

Bill James of Milford High School in Highland, MI has developed an activity using "Miracle Frooties", a tablet version of the fruit, in which students eat a Miracle Frooties tablet and consume various sour items. A complete explanation of this activity can be downloaded from the 4Shared file sharing account http://www.4shared.com/dir/10555367/29577282/sharing.html A special thanks goes out to Bill for sharing this activity with the THSP blog.

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