Part Six: Gapped Text
You are going to read a magazine article about a type of fruit. Six sentences have been removed from the article on the left. Choose the most suitable sentence from the list A-G on the right for each part (1-6) of the article. There is one extra sentence which you do not need to use.
Never mind the tongue twister – here’s the tongue trickster Frank Parsons reports on the craze for a strange type of fruit.
Imagine drinking a glass of pure, freshly-squeezed lemon juice with nothing added. It’s enough to turn your stomach.
Fifty or so people crowd around a table on the rooftop terrace of Larry’s small but swish apartment. I edge my way forward and arrive at the table that positively groans with the array of food piled high.
He looks at the expression on my face. “It’s known as the miracle fruit. Just put it in your mouth,” he instructs, “and chew it slightly to separate the pulp from its seed.
“Done?” he asks, turning back to me. I nod. He grabs a glass of the lemon juice from a passing waiter and offers it to me. “Now drink.” I take a small sip, and close my eyes. The guests are right.
My host states knowingly I have experienced first-hand the phenomenon of the Synsepalum Dulcificum, or the Miracle Fruit. This small berry has the amazing effect of causing bitter or sour foods to taste as sweet as sugar candy.
A native fruit of West Africa, the fruit was discovered by western explorers around 1725.
Despite being around for centuries it is only in recent years that the miracle fruit has been cultivated as a potential sweetener.
There has been some albeit limited interest from the diet food industy.Not only that – the fruit can aid patients receiving medical treatment that may leave an unpleasant taste in the mouth.