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Jun 5, 2008 09:12 AM

Unusual request - bad tasting foods

Well maybe not "bad", but I'd like to ask you guys to list some sour/bitter foods (and even better if it's good for you). I just heard about miracle fruit, and immediately ordered some.

In case you don't know (and I'm guessing most of you do being predominantly American where it's more prevalent) Miracle fruit has the property of binding sweet molecules to your toungue and lending this property to other foods for a while after.

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  1. Acai berries are super tart, lemons, grapefruit...uhhhhh...brain there's another

    1. Well, I didn't actually try it (threw it out after having it sit in my house for weeks) but I'd be interested in the Miracle Fruit's power on the Jelly Belly Vomit jellybean.

      1. Having yet to try, I understand Durian can be pretty bad. Maybe not so much the taste, but the odor is described as rotting sewage. Having smell going hand in hand with taste, I think it may be described as bad tasting?

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        1. re: porker

          The Chinese refer to durian as the fruit that "tastes like heaven, smells like hell". It is forbidden to carry it on airplanes in SE Asia, and in many places, the better hotels will not allow you to bring to a room. My Chinese wife loves it; I have to leave the room (sometimes the house!) when she eats it.

          1. re: KevinB

            Someone here at work brought in some Duran cookies from a recent trip to Asia a few months ago, and eventually someone had to send out a "no, there is NOT a gas leak" e-mail to half of the floor. And that's just a bag of cookies...

            1. re: Vexorg

              Man, the smell is always so much worse than you think it'll be. I kind of like the taste, but it's really tough to get past that smell.

              1. re: Vexorg

                Funny, that exact same thing happened to someone I know! They actually evacuated her building because her co-worker had opened a bag of Durian Waffer cookies.

                I was taking a tropical botany class and we brought fruit in to class to try the more unusual ones, and I brought a frozen durian I bought from a Chinese supermarket. The grad students wanted to all try a piece, and we ended up stinking up the whole botany department floor! Jack Fruit, a relative to the durian, has a similar repugnant smell, though not as strong, imo.

            2. re: porker

              I actually LOVE the smell AND the taste

            3. Overcooked cabbage, brussels sprouts, and grapefruit are three I can't eat, It would indeed be a miracle if I could. Oh, and tonic water.

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              1. re: Glencora

                wholeheartedly agree with the tonic water - I always imagined arsenic would taste like generic brand tonic water...

              2. Full-on months old kimchi. It'll cure whatever is ailing you and will keep those who would do you harm well away from you. Highly recommended.