I know many people who sprinkle salt on apples and also on citrus fruits saying it makes them sweeter. I also know an older Japanese woman who always soaks her strawberries in salt water she believes this also makes them sweeter. Does this work and what is the science behind this.?
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I thought perhaps we were playing a trick on our bodies by convincing our taste buds it is sweeter than it really is.
Ah, so we aren't changing the fruit, we are changing the way we taste it. Thanks for that.
I have never tried it on watermelon. Apples and starfruit I have. I wonder where this idea came from. Thanks for sharing your (or your dad's ) experience.
Yes watermelon needs a little salt…:)…and I just learned that in Mexico a seasoning mix that includes chili pepper and lime juice is used on it. I was veeeerrry leary, but whoa, it's quite good. Salt on apples might be good...
That surprises me, I thought it would increase the sweetness somehow.
I have just started doing it again and seem to enjoy tart fruits more. I live in the tropics though, perhaps my body just wants more salt.
Ah so it is more a flavor enhancer than a sweetner. Thanks for your answer.