If you had to distill the Sawgrass Mills phenomenon into one image, it would be this: a lieutenant colonel in the Brazilian army weaving through a river of humanity while tugging around a tiny purple piece of carry-on luggage.
About 13 miles west of Fort Lauderdale, on the edge of the Everglades, is a place widely considered Florida’s second-largest tourist destination. It’s not a theme park. It’s not a beach. It’s not the Everglades. It is, according to the owners, the largest collection of outlet and retail value stores in the country.
A tiny berry called a “miracle fruit” transforms your taste buds for about two hours. The fruit is from a tree originally grown in West Africa. The grower who ships them across the U.S. is based here in South Florida. His name is Curtis Mozie and he calls himself the Miracle Fruit Man. Alicia Zuckerman went to the Fort Lauderdale farm for a tasting.