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Hate your relatives' cooking? Chew this before dinner

The merry berry miracle of the holidays

Miracle berries will help keep the holidays pleasant. Credit: Getty Images

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Bad cooking. It's born of the best intentions, and that's exactly what makes it so hard to avoid. How are you going to dodge bitter, overcooked garlic and sour mash potatoes? Push it around the plate? Feed it to the dog? You need a miracle. Well, we found one, and it'll only cost you $15.

Originally from West Africa, Synsepalum dulcificum, more commonly known as miracle berries, have the ability to make everything taste pleasant.

They berries contain a glycoprotein called miraculin, which binds to taste receptors on your tongue. To cut some long science short, it makes most foods—even bitter or sour ones—taste sweet.

Of course nowadays you don't need to travel to the heart of Africa to get some miracle berries. We recommend some tablets instead. Chew one and the miraculin coats your mouth for between 30 minutes and 2 hours, depending on how hard you're feigning enjoyment of Aunt Becky's green bean casserole.

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