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The long thread on raisins (see the What's My Craving board) got me thinking. I would venture a guess that most Chowhounds are pretty much omnivorous, adventerous eaters. But there are probably things each of us don't like, to one degree or another

There are a few foods I don't particularly LIKE, but there's only one I really find loathsome: Cream of Mushroom soup. The thought of it makes me almost ill. I'm not sure why, but I suspect I once ate a bowl of it and got sick.

So, what foods do others find odious? Any guesses as to why in particular you do?

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  1. Vinegars of all ilk, mustards, mayonnaise, peas (nature's waste pellets), cucumber (too acidic and bitter). Vinegar is the ammonia of cooking - revolting beyond words. Helped me learn foreign languages ('No vinegar please') during travels.

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    1. re: Allan Evans

      As a child, I ate brains with eggs with granpa, kidneys for breakfast, tongue, etc. Cannot stomach tripe --even to look at. Stepped up the plate a year or so ago and expected my adult 'buds could handle menudo -at the best Mexican rest. in the city. Almost tossed at the first taste. Beyond vile. Oh, and olive/pimento loaf in the deli case--gives me the willies!

      1. re: berkleybabe

        I had to rack my brain for this one. I will eat just about anything. I cannot understand the whole ketchup and egg thing. That's how my husband eat his eggs and I gag every time. I really hate cilantro and watercress makes me sick too. I will eat anything else though including the Greek Easter soup my in-laws prepare for the Greek Easter. It's an avgolemeno type soup that simmers all day with a lamb's head. There is liver, sweetbreads, intestine and anything else you can imagine in it. They even used to put lung in it a long, long time ago. It's pretty intense and I can only eat a bit.

        1. re: jo

          Just occurred to me that rhubarb may fit under this heading. I've always really enjoyed the concept of rhubarb--rosy, springlike, vegetal, fresha fter a long winter. But no matter how it's presented, undiluteed in a pie (gooey and slimey and way too tart), tempered with berries (gooey and slimey and way too tart), it's always awful. I want to like it, but I can't. I've tried, but given up. Even savory dishes --game with rhubarb chutney is alluring, until I remember...ah! rhubarb, bleah. So can a food be disgusting when you want to like it but it "doesn't" let you? Anybody else like rhubarb? Why? Can't get the 'buds around it.

          1. re: berkleybabe
            Janet A. Zimmerman

            Rhubarb is a strange one for me -- I love the flavor, but find the texture of overcooked rhubarb (which, I've found, rhubarb usually is) not very appealing. My dad always used to grow it in his garden, and I can remember eating raw stalks dipped in a little sugar and loving it. Haven't had that in years, though, so who knows if I would still like it.

            1. re: berkleybabe

              One of the reasons I LIKE rhubarb is because it IS tart. I like it stewed & served with/without cream. I like it as a latticed pie. I like it with strawberries in a pie. Maybe it's because I grew up with it? But, then, I like tart desserts: lemon pie/pudding/bars so tart that they make your mouth pucker, ditto for apple pie made with the tartest apples and 1/2 the sugar. I guess that's the reason I don't care for pecan pie--too sweet.

              1. re: berkleybabe

                I also like rhubarb, and generally like sour/tart things more than most people seem to

                1. re: berkleybabe

                  I love the stuff, and every year at this time when I see a big patch in someone's yard I have one of those "d'oh" moments wishing I had planted a couple of crowns...it grows like a weed here in the northwest.

                  Anyway, try this...cut the stalks in half-inch slices, toss with just enough olive oil to coat, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet, and roast at 350 for about 20 minutes....the rhubarb gets tender but still holds its shape....I sprinkle on a little sugar and eat it straight.


                  Link: http://www.realgoodfood.com

                  1. re: Jim Dixon

                    Doest it still *taste* like rhubarb? Feel like rhubarb? Or does it morph into a veggie kind of deal? Otherwise, no way. :)

                    1. re: berkleybabe

                      Yes, it looks, walks, and quacks....it's still rhubarb, but it tastes great (if you like rhubarb).

                  2. re: berkleybabe

                    During the ten years I lived in London, I loved eating my pal's Mum's rhubarb custard. But I like everything sour, rather than too sweet. I think that's probably the key to liking the stuff. If, like myself, you squeeze lemon on just about everything and go nuts over lebne, yogurts, sour cream, avgolomeno soup, etc.--you'd probably like rhubarb. (However, I admit--it is VERY sour.)

                    1. re: Lynn

                      No!!! Rhubarb is a treat! I agree with Janet about eating it out of the garden, I just didn't use the sugar.

                      If you've never had a good rhubarb dessert try making a crisp:

                      use one stalk of rhubarb per basket of strawberries. peel the rhubarb and slice crosswise into 1/8-1/4 inch pieces. Mix with sugar to taste. Add bits of unsalted butter and a little vanilla paste or extract. Let sit for about 10 min. to bring out the juices. You can bake like this for a stew or top with a mix of equal parts brown sugar, flour and butter with some oatmeal added if you'd like. Bake at 400 until the top gets browned and the inside is bubbling and the juices have thickened to a syrup.

                      THIS is the way to eat rhubarb!

                      1. re: Rochelle

                        I made a copy of that recipe, and Jim Dixon's. I love rhubarb. I also like to peel it and eat it like celery with good salt on it. I love sour and salty things and am still looking for the lime flavored chips, to no avail. pat

                        1. re: pat hammond

                          I like plain cranberry juice, in small quantities.
                          Mixed with pomegranite juice it is wonderful, esp. in the summer

                      2. re: Lynn

                        Nope, the hating rhubarb because it's sour theoryg doesn't work. I am a lemon freak with seafood/fish/veggies, love kosher dills, anyting with lime, love real limeade, too. There's some other quality that's offputting that I'll have to re-examine. I think it might be the stringiness, the mushiness (though I love okra). Maybe Pat Hammond's idea of salt with the sour would work. I think of rhubarb as overly sour, gross stewed celery. Making a crisp or pie out of it existentially can't help it...

                        1. re: berkleybabe

                          my grandmother makes the best rhubarb jam in the universe...i never even had grape jam until i was out of college...pb and rhubarb jam forever!!!!

                          i also had a very nice rhubarb crisp in ireland once. it was served warm with creme anglaise.


                          1. re: rhiannon

                            Last month when I was in NYC, a friend bought me a sour cream apple pie from the Little Pie Co. I've been craving another taste ever since. So I went to their website, but they were smart enough not to list that particular recipe. HOWEVER, I did find a great sounding rhubarb "pie" recipe. Now I can't wait for rhubarb season. The apple pie will have to wait for my next visit! pat

                            Link: http://www.littlepiecompany.com/publi...

                  3. re: berkleybabe

                    Hahaha! "Cannot stomach tripe." I'm not sure if that was purposeful or not, but one of the best puns I've heard in a while :)

                    1. re: berkleybabe

                      Berkley, Hey, Tripe kept many folks alive before "Big Macs!!" and not the $$ to buy the more mainstream/costlier cuts of animal flesh. I spend part of the year in the Veneto and my first dish is always Tripa alla Veronese. I find most offal if prepared by caring hands is quite tasty and nutritious. Like your pun though!!

                    2. re: Allan Evans

                      Me too!! I will eat mustard on certain things, and I can tolerate the occasional pea. But I've never tasted cucumber - the smell - and could never have a pickle because of the vinegar. I've read a bunch of stuff about super-tasters and believe I must fall into that category; I think you do too.

                      Ammonia - that is exactly what I always compare vinegar to. And I won't, can't eat my burger if any pickle or coleslaw-type item has touched it. I always feel like such a pill, but I feel much better now.

                      1. re: wemberly
                        Janet A. Zimmerman

                        Actually, the so-called "super-tasters" are expecially sensitive to bitter tastes, not sour tastes.

                        1. re: Janet A. Zimmerman

                          I can't stand anything bitter either, but anyway I understood the designation to apply to a range of tastes, not just one category. Maybe I'm wrong; it sure wouldn't be the first time.

                          1. re: Janet A. Zimmerman

                            Is it true that the more tastebuds you have
                            the more sensitive you are to hot (i.e., chili
                            pepper hot) food? There was a special about
                            hot foods ("Eat the Heat" on The Food Network
                            and they made this claim. Just wondering if it's

                            1. re: christina z

                              I've heard that it's true--the more taste buds one has, the lower the tolerance for capsaicin (the compound that makes spicy foods hot). I'd love to read a study that demonstrated this, because the guy I live with (and cook for) cannot abide even crushed black peppercorns if they're too abundant!

                              1. re: christina z
                                Janet A. Zimmerman

                                From what I've read, here's the current information about "supertasters":

                                Researchers have been looking into how the sense of taste varies from person to person for 70 years of so. Early tests used a bitter compound (called PROP) to differentiate "tasters" from "nontasters" -- sensitivity to PROP is genetic, apparently. (I'm probably showing my age here, but I remember the science class wherein the teacher gave us all these little pieces of paper to taste, watching with glee as the tasters made faces. I can also remember tasting a little bitterness, but didn't think it horrible.) Later research, though, showed more variability than just tasters and nontasters. Now, it's generally accepted that there's a third group, "supertasters." In genetic terms, supertasters probably have two dominant PROP-sensitive genes, the tasters have one PROP-sensitive gene and one (recessive) non-sensitive gene, and non-tasterss have two non-sensitive genes. About half the population are tasters, and one quarter each are supertasters and nontasters. About two-thirds of supertasters are female.

                                Supertasters have more fungiform papillae (which contain tastebuds) than tasters or nontasters. In addition to being more sensitive to most bitter flavors, supertasters are also hyper-sensitive to the burn of chiles. Sugar also tastes sweeter to them.

                                1. re: Janet A. Zimmerman
                                  yvonne johnson

                                  being more sensitive: what does this mean? say chile, in terms of "sensitivity", does super-taster experience unpleasantness or deliciousness?

                                  can you refer me to peer reviewed papers on this matter? i'm interested, no put down here. i saw a tv show recently, i think alan alda was the host, and part of it was about "supertasters". it didn't make much sense to me.

                                  1. re: yvonne johnson
                                    Janet A. Zimmerman

                                    Sorry I wasn't more clear -- I meant that apparently supertasters feel more pain from chiles and other irritants than tasters and nontasters.

                                    Here are a couple of web pages where I got some of my information (I'm not sure how to include more than one link, so only one is linked):


                                    Link: http://ificinfo.health.org/insight/ex...

                                    1. re: Janet A. Zimmerman
                                      yvonne johnson

                                      Thanks Janet, as you were posting as i was surfing. This is fascinating, to me anyway. I did a search thru google and imo these are the best sites and articles. i've mixed academic and media sources.


                                      This clarified for me something. Do you want to be a supertatser? the answer is no. It was just the wording. people want to be super!
                                      "Do all people have the same physical equipment for the sense of taste? ….No. Some people have such sensitive and refined equipment that they are called supertasters by taste researchers and find some *ordinarily pleasurable foods distasteful*."
                                      "supertasters have as many as 1,100 taste buds per square centimeter of tongue, while nontasters have as few as 11 buds per square centimeter."
                                      "tasters are more adaptable and possibly more healthy, because they can eat a wider variety of foods with pleasure"


                                      the above is really good (updated May 2000). "it turns out that each supertaster has his or her own idiosyncratic list of foods they love and foods they can barely tolerate eating." Supertasters are "picky"

                                      (society for neuroscience
                                      american psychological association

                                      for those chowhounds who are pregnant,the above is really interesting. re early experiences: taste developed "through breast milk and perhaps even amniotic fluid"

                                      wine and supertasters


                                      end of this page: experiment on yourself and find out if your are a supertastser. Janet lists this one.


                                      above is good for teachers working with kids. Could spend some time doing these experiments. Berkleybabe might like this one!


                                      The above is an article by Linda M. Bartoshuk Yale University School of Medicine. She appears to be one of the leading researchers in this field.

                                      1. re: yvonne johnson
                                        Janet A. Zimmerman

                                        Thanks for the additional information, Yvonne. I've seen some of these articles before, but not all. I too am fascinated by this stuff, and am, in fact, working on a book that covers some of these topics.

                                        There's also an article in the March issue of Scientific American on exactly how the taste cells work. It's very technical, and doesn't discuss the "supertasting" phenomenon, but I found it interesting. And finally, in the March American Scientist, there's an article concerning the ways in which humans have developed various strategies for avoiding food poisoning -- the two they deal with are the use of spices and, oddly enough, "morning sickness." It's definitely off the topic, but also quite fascinating.

                                        1. re: Janet A. Zimmerman
                                          yvonne johnson

                                          Janet, i have some stuff on morning sickness and other related topics that i'm posting on "not about food" board. hope you, and others, will join me there.

                                      2. re: Janet A. Zimmerman

                                        how could they feel more pain? The burn isnt a taste.
                                        You can have bland spicy chiles.

                          2. Not that there's anything disgusting about them, but there are a few things I simply cannot eat.

                            With lima beans, I think it's just that they were always so bland-tasting and mushy whenever I encountered them as a kid, that it seemed pointless to eat them when there was other, better, stuff on my plate.

                            Tongue - that's something else. I actually like the taste. It's just that I can't get past the sight of it in the deli case and the texture, even sliced. It just creeps me out.

                            I absolutely cannot abide beef liver, either. It's not the fact that it's liver, 'cause I love chopped chicken liver and I'm mad about foie gras in any form. It just tastes nasty to me and feels awful in my mouth.

                            Similarly, the texture of sea urchin is a problem for me. I've tried it twice and have come very close to losing it on the spot both times.

                            Considering how much else there is to eat in this world, I don't think I'm missing too much by leaving these few items off my list.

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                            1. re: Dena

                              I'm with Samuel Johnson when it comes to cucumber. He wisely advised that it "should be well-sliced, dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out."

                              Oh, and celery. I have big problems with raw celery.

                              1. re: Jon Mitchell

                                I hate celery too. I remember when I lived i Russia and people would eat cucumber at the beach out of hand-like other people would eat an apple. Totally grossed me out. I'm OK with a little bit of cucumber in a salad, but in Russia they love cucumbers like it was a religion....

                                1. re: jenniegirl

                                  I eat cucumbers out of hand as well, but I can hardly stand apples. I like the flavor, fresh or cooked, so juice, cider, pies, sauce are all okay, but the texture of nearly all apples is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me.

                                  I eat them occasionally, just trying to expand my horizons, but I have had very few I really enjoyed whole. Slices are slightly better, but it still really depends on the apple.

                                  1. re: guate

                                    Well, I'm not a huge fan of apples either, although I do enjoy the whole applefest and apple orchard experience each fall in Wisconsin. One of the people who works with me said that she used to eat raw onions out of the garden like apples. I like JoAnn a lot-she's really sweet, very cute, a great teacher, but that just grossed me out completely.

                                2. re: Jon Mitchell

                                  i love cucumbers as long as they're fresh and sweet and crunchy.

                                  I, too, despise celery - anything related to celery. i hate that people all over the south (maybe other places, too, but this is where i live) put celery seed in slaw, chicken/tuna/egg salad, tartar sauce, etc...it makes me gag. and the stringyness...blech. and DON'T put celery in my bloody mary, i will kill you!

                                  i also hate fennel (mostly fresh fennel, but the seeds are annoying too). it reminds me too much of celery.

                                  1. re: sugarplumbs

                                    I hate celery too. It reminds me too much of those nasty black jelly beans I would get at Easter...

                                    1. re: jenniegirl

                                      really? i wouldn't say that - i kinda like those nasty black jelly beans!

                              2. Alas, nothing! From "variety meats" to raw mollusks--I like 'em all. I still eat everything on my plate.

                                Oh, wait! One thing I can't face on a menu--rabbit. Huggable bunnies are too engrained into my "pet psyche."

                                1. Canned soup. Absolutely every canned soup I've ever tried (as an adult). I'm not above using some kinds as an ingredient, but to eat it in a bowl as soup, can't do it! pat

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                                  1. re: pat hammond

                                    I wouldn't admit it to my co-workers, but....

                                    I like cream of mushroom soup, and I find it comforting to eat it right out of the can on a hard day.

                                  2. Chevre. Funny thing is, I used to eat it, and cook with it, in copious quantities. One day, I was eating in a Philadelphia restaurant when Stephan Pyles was the guest chef. I ordered the chiles rellenos, stuffed with oodles of chevre. It was delicious, but about halfway through it, it suddenly started to nauseate me. I don't know why. Ever since then, even tiny amounts of chevre in a dish, or on a salad, turns me off. Go figure.

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                                    1. re: Bilmo

                                      I also cannot stand the taste of chevre, or really, any other goat cheese. There was one, handmade by a Korean woman & sold at our farmer's market, which wasn't too bad, but that's only one - and I've tasted tons, being a vegetarian, which in the SF Bay area means half of the veg options contain goat cheese! It's odd, because I actually like sheep cheeses like pecorino and I don't mind goat milk feta, probably because the saltiness covers up the "goaty" flavor - but I hate lamb, mutton, and goat meat. In school I once spilled the grease from a tray of lamb sausages on my boots and pant-legs, and I had to go home and change, since the smell was so nauseating. Goat cheese has become even more of an issue since my new mother-in-law can't eat cow's milk but loves all sorts of goat cheese - it's tough to plan menus for family suppers.

                                    2. b
                                      Brandon Nelson

                                      Good Thread!

                                      I want to add a wrinkle. I'm under the impression that most posters will write about having a texture problem. Mushy, slimy, rubbery...pick another favorite. I think taste is secondary to texture when we talk about foods we don't like.

                                      I have always been a pretty adventurous eater. When I was young I wasn't fond of asparagus. My mom used to boil the hell out of it. Once she discovered that grass was much better with minimal cooking I loved it. This extends to a lot of veggies. Overcooked brussle sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, most cruciferous veggies. I'm not a big fan of okra either, again a texture thing.

                                      Most canned stuff tends to have a texture I don't like (pasta for sure!). I have to agree with the earlier mention of canned soup. Nasty textures, and waaaaaaay to salty!


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                                      1. re: Brandon Nelson

                                        There aren't many textures I find unappealing, and none I find disgusting. I like uni, I like squid,etc.

                                        One thing that bothers me is certain COMBINATIONS of textures, particularly creamy mixed with lumpy. Usually, I think, this combination is a mistake (e.g. lumps in gravy or in mashed potatoes) but sometimes it is deliberate (eg. raisins in rice or other pudding). Still, even this combo isn't, to me, disgusting, it's just unappealing

                                        1. re: Brandon Nelson

                                          "Nasty textures, and waaaaaaay too salty!"

                                          (laughing) - what does everyone mean by this? Is there any such thing as too salty?

                                        2. OK here's my list:

                                          anything by Chef-Boy-R-Dee. I htink the tomato sauce doubles as the stuff used to make jelly apples.

                                          OKRA. taste is OK but I hate the texture.

                                          PErsimmons: TExture. Unless the stuff is pureed or made into something, I will not eat it.

                                          Well done liver

                                          The cheap chocolate covered peanuts you buy at the movies. The ones that leave a waxy taste in your mouth.

                                          Snack wells

                                          Overcooked pasta

                                          Zero bars

                                          All canned veggies except beans

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                                          1. re: pat i

                                            Interesting, pat i, that nearly every revulsion you mention has to do with "mouth-feel"--texture. Poor okra is miscooked all over the place: It should never be slimy, and it usually is.

                                            On a whim a few weeks back, perhaps to rekindle a childhood memory or two, I bought a can of Chef Boy-Ar-Dee beef ravioli. What was remarkable about it was that it had almost no flavor whatsoever! I guess this form of prep food really is intended for extremely fussy children who dislike any strong flavors. Anyway, I threw it right in the trash where it belongs.

                                            1. re: Tom Steele

                                              At my house we have an ungrammatical saying about okra:
                                              "It ain't worth a dime, if it ain't got that slime".

                                            2. re: pat i

                                              There seem to be at least two subthreads developing:
                                              1) Taste vs. texture.
                                              2) Good vs. bad food, as opposed to the taste or texture of something which, even properly prepared, turns you off.

                                              If we include the latter, then my list would be pretty big. Fast food hamburgers (the SMELL of McDonald's et al. is nauseating.....How on earth did they sell ANY of these things, much less the billions and billions?)

                                              I'm pretty sure I would find a lot of canned food disgusting, but I've never tried much of it.

                                              OTOH, I had originally intended to include only the well-prepared but still disgusting thread.

                                              1. re: Peter

                                                Re taste vs. texture:

                                                I have an American friend living in Taiwan (who is a very adventurous eater) and took her entire midwestern family to a market in Taiwan to eat squid eyeballs, which she enjoys on a regular basis. When she relayed the story to me and I winced, she said, "It's a texture thing, not for taste."

                                                I guess texture is in the choppers of the beholder?

                                              2. re: pat i

                                                Pat, I felt the same as you re okra until I tried a recipe in Madhur Jaffrey's "Indian Cooking" called "sweet and sour okra". It's really quite delicious.
                                                What I find disgusting, however, is the tripe in menudo...ugh!

                                                1. re: Kit H.

                                                  Ooops! I meant slime is a good thing! pat

                                                2. re: pat i

                                                  while I agree with you about soft persimmons my
                                                  SUPER finicky cat, Talley (named for tallegio. Our other cat ,Lester is named for Red Leichester), who will eat nothing but dry food literally ate big bites out of about twenty of them I'd been given over the course of the season this year. I found it so hysterical I even took a picture of him doing it.

                                                  As for me, I try most things at least once and probably twice just to make sure I really didn't like it the first time. Sea Cucmber didn't get that chance. And I don't eat tongue or brains. It's the memory of the smell of beef tongue cooking and then being presented whole to be carved at the table when I was a self conscious teenager that keeps me away from that delicatible taste treat. Brains, well that's some twisted ethical thing for me. How can I eat the part that held that beastie all together?

                                                  But Boy! Do I love cheeks and sweetbreads and the like! Go figur.

                                                  What a great question and such fun to read the replies, thanks,


                                                  1. re: pat i

                                                    Snackwells are gross-yes. I do have a guilty pleasure of eating chef boyaredee raviolis. Please don't tell anyone.

                                                  2. Like many other chowhounds noted, my dislikes have more to do with texture of the food rather than its taste. Here are the three things I still can't stomach:

                                                    - brains
                                                    - tofu
                                                    - raw oysters

                                                    Strangely enough, love liver in any shape or form.

                                                    1. Cotton candy. Carnival peanuts. Candy corn.

                                                      What else?!

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                                                      1. re: Laura Harmon
                                                        yvonne johnson

                                                        the smell of sweet-roasted peanuts sold on manhattan corners. turns my stomach to walk by the carts....incense has the same effect. i just hope i can hold my breath long enough to get by

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                                                        Dr. Julius Kelp

                                                        Not counting fast food, canned foods, etc., which I don't really regard as food, my list contains two items: gjetost cheese and fresh durian.
                                                        Gjetost. Ugh. Anyone for carmelized goat cheese? Include me out.
                                                        Durian? Much, much worse. I first tried it when I saw it in Chinatown. A giant anti-personal bomb of a fruit. Perfect, I thought, for dessert at that evening's family get together. The taste was interesting, sort of a cross between vomit (sorry) and industrial solvent. Unbelievably inedible. My wife wanted to take it home to give to a Chinese friend of hers whose father was a fan. The stench in the car, however, was so great that we told her it was her or the fruit. Not wanting to walk, she jettisoned the fruit.
                                                        I may not agree with all of Singapore's various draconian laws, but the ban on durian in public transportation I understand and would, sympathy for all matters civil libertarian notwithstanding, support.

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                                                        1. re: Dr. Julius Kelp

                                                          The post about Durian? Wow! I think that is the 'dessert' served to me many years ago that practically made me sick -- I could barely swallow it. And I eat ALL foods. Before that experience, I used to say there is nothing that I couldn't eat. But I'm sure Durian must have been the fruit. It was served by a friend whose husband is Thai and the meal was wonderful -- until we got to dessert. I was too polite to NOT eat it and retched it all down. Actually, I think it was from a can. The memory, 20 years later, is still potent! Durian! Must be it.

                                                          1. re: Alice

                                                            I teach 7th Grade. My students and I read an essay last Fall about durian fruits and they were so intrigued that they asked if I could bring one in sometime. I'm lucky enought to have an outstanding Vietnamese grocery store near my house and picked up a frozen durian. I left it on the fire escape all day to thaw, then cut it open at a picnic table at the end of the day. It wasn't bad tasting, though nothing to write home about. But the smell was everything I'd been led to expect. Wow! And nobody had prepared me for the appearance. I didn't reallize that it would look like banana pudding. The students loved the experience, if not the fruit itself. They liked the fact that they could try something that exotic. Now, I'm not sure whether or not the fact that the durian had been frozen affected the taste or not. Anyone know?

                                                            Also, when I was a kid, I DISPISED peanut butter. Now I eat it with a spoon - not the all-natural stuff; that tastes like gravel. And chunky, not smooth.

                                                            1. re: fladd

                                                              Like so many SE Asian specialties, durian is an extremely acquired taste. In fact, the taste, which is kind of like a spicy banana, is not the problem so much as the odor; the descriptions range from dirty socks to a dead cat. (I understand that fresh durian, as opposed to frozen, is much better.) I have a good friend from the Philippines, and they will eat literally anything: rats, bats, dogs, cats, worms, spiders, insects, you name it, things that fall outside the Western concept of food. At this point, the whole notion of disgusting food becomes moot, since these creatures, to most of us, are just not food.

                                                        2. I tend to like the weird foods that most people don't like. I've always been an adventurous eater. When I was 9, my mother made homemade escargot and served it to her three small children (8, 6, and 4 years old). We all asked what it was, and all my parents would say was "It's escargot -- it's French." Very vague.

                                                          My sister immediately refused, and my brother said, "Looks like snails to me." I then launched into an impassioned speech along the lines that "Mom and Dad love us; they'd never feed us snails." My sister and brother were not convinced. I slurped down both mine and my sister's before they told me. Even still, I ate another off the brother's plate. :)

                                                          I was around 5 years old when my parents gave me my first raw oyster. They instructed me to hold the half shell in one hand, a cracker with some cocktail sauce in the other, take the oyster in my mouth, chew three times, swallow, and then eat the cracker. As soon as I held that shell to my mouth, I swear the oyster shot straight down my throat into my stomach -- no chance to chew. My parents say the ultra surprised look on my face was priceless.

                                                          At 8 years old, I loved oysters, liver, butter beans, brussels sprouts, and escargot, but to this day, I can't stand eggs, mushrooms, or avocados.

                                                          Blue skies,

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                                                            yvonne johnson

                                                            1. do opposites attract? i love vinegar, and lime beetroot, onion pickles, salt & vinegar chips obviously capers, anchovies, dill, bitter lemon drinks, juniper berries. And my better half finds them disgusting. he loathes them all. he loves mushrooms, and i find many types esp cooked ones horrible (texture thing, ok raw for me)
                                                            2. how do you acquire a taste for something that was once disgusting? i worked at olives as an adolescent, and now i love them. similarly dill. i didn't like it at all, but all of a sudden i got a craving for it. strange. oh, and flan, couldn't bear the texture of that, but now like it.
                                                            3, no-one's mentioned skin on pudding. if there was skin on custard or porridge, my father would literally heave. doesn't bother me.
                                                            4. can we include drinks? Calavados, can't bear the stuff. same goes for kirsch. Now gin is another matter, and cider is delish (sourer the better).
                                                            5. Sweets. Hersheys chocolate. Now that's disgusting.

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                                                            1. re: yvonne johnson
                                                              Gabriel Solis

                                                              Funny you should mention developing a taste for foods you once found disgusting. I realized recently that a number of things I once found inedible I now crave, indeed, would put up on my list of most desirable foodstuffs. The one that comes instantly to mind is the ultra strong indian mixed pickle. The one that is so hot and salty. The first time I ate these I was totally put off, but for some reason I kept coming back to them. Now I can't get enough.

                                                              In fact, I actually reflected on this about two years ago (whilst eating an indian pickle), and realized that it is a lifelong project for me to be disgusted by no food. I now take it as a challenge, if ever I find a food initially inhospitable, I find myself compelled to work at it until I figure out what there is to like about it. The underlying logic is something like "if someone likes it then there must be something to like about it, and if there is something to like about it then I must find out what that something is and savor it." I feel pretty much this way about music too, and have come to love a remarkable breadth of things as a result. I now look at it as a sort of failing on my part if I dislike something that won't kill me. I know this is a bit sophomoric, but ultimately I figure it gives me a much wider experience of pleasure than people who can't enjoy this or that have.

                                                              Actually, there's a caveat to that. In the process of developing this approach to enjoyment I've also given myself permission to absolutely detest specific instantiations of any given thing. So, though I love music, I'm not going to sit through some bad, soulless performance. Likewise, a bad meal is a bad meal and I'll go away unsatisfied from it. It's just that I won't let one bad durian shake, for example, put me off durian shakes in the abstract.


                                                              1. re: Gabriel Solis

                                                                You have a point about learning to enjoy new foods as a result of challenging yourself to eat them, but I also am convinced that tastes DO indeed change.

                                                                For example, while I have always been an adventurous eater, I could not abide dairy products in any form (well, except for ice cream). Now, horribly stinky cheeses are one of my most favorite foods and once in a while I crave a bowl of cereal and milk. On the other hand, even the smell of yogurt is still enough to make me gag!

                                                                What accounts for this change? I've heard it posited that, as we age, we lose taste buds, thus allowing us to tolerate foods we once could not bear. Does anyone know if this is true?

                                                                1. re: Gabriel Solis
                                                                  yvonne johnson

                                                                  that sounds like the lime pickle i like. however, i have had a bottle that really tasted like what i imagine disinfectant to taste like. that happened only once.

                                                                  re working at liking something: I've tried this approach with grappa. I just can't get to like it. i think i'll give up on this one.

                                                                  1. re: yvonne johnson

                                                                    yes and some Grappa is very expensive, it is kinda like making beer out of left over barley and hops, oh, yeah, that is Coors.

                                                                  2. re: Gabriel Solis
                                                                    Caitlin Wheeler

                                                                    You should read "The Man Who Ate Everything" by Jeffrey Steingarten (I think) There's a hilarious introduction about "curing" himself of food dislikes, especially kim-chee. I would recommend it.

                                                                  3. re: yvonne johnson

                                                                    How can you hate Hershey's, the Great American Chocolate Bar? Lots of Brits I know of a certain age (and I'm sure you're way younger than that age, but you are British, innit?) LOVES Hershey kisses because they remember being given them by the American soldiers. Surely that love was passed down through generations...

                                                                    I agree about olives - used to hate 'em, now I can't get enough. I am a near omnivore too as someone said, but can't stomach tripe or sea cucumber or chicken feet or eggplant (aubergine) or courgettes (zucchini).

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                                                                      yvonne johnson

                                                                      maybe all the kisses had been passed out before the soldiers reached n.e. scotland. my mum never said anything about chocolate. she did rave about the nylons tho.

                                                                  4. A a proud near - omnivore, I'm here to tell you that sea urchins aren't food. In invertebrate paleontology class in college, I had the opportunity to dissect several of these and I drew the conclusion that anatomically, there is no food in a sea urchin. Now, I also had to dissect a formaldehyde preserved oyster. I recovered from that and still love my oysters. If it was a brave man who ate the first oyster, it was a disgusting, mostly insane one who ate the first urchin.

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                                                                    1. re: Greg Spence

                                                                      Greg: After a picnic some years ago, I was wading in the ocean off Owl's Head, Maine. The rocks at the bottom were literally covered with big fat sea urchins. I plucked a handful of them, cracked them open with a rock, and spread leftover French bread with the delicate orange roe. Pure essence of the sea! I had just read Euell Gibbons' Stalking the Blue Eyed Scallop and *did* know what I was doing. It may be illegal to do so now, but this was a number of years ago. What I didn't eat, the seagulls did. pat

                                                                      1. re: pat hammond

                                                                        Pat, I would say you are brave, adventurous, a true chowhound and probably insane. In all, a well balanced and interesting person.

                                                                        1. re: Greg Spence

                                                                          I'll take it all as a compliment! And the only "insane" thing was wading in the ocean in Maine!

                                                                        2. re: pat hammond

                                                                          Good sea urchin story. I love sea urchin (or uni in japanese). When I was about 5 or 6, I remember my father had fishermen friends who came by occasionally to drop off any excess fish that was recently caught, which my mother would cut up for sashimi the next night. One night, they came over with a burlap sack full of sea urchins. I joined my father and his friends outside as we cracked them open, splashed a little soy sauce in the cavity, and spooned out the roe. One of the best food experiences I've had. BTW, you might think this was in Japan, but it was in LA.

                                                                          By the way, there's only one food that I find disgusting: carrots. Go figure.

                                                                          1. re: Eric Eto

                                                                            When I was new to the coast of Maine, about 25 years ago, before I had eaten Japanese food or knew raw urchin was a delicacy, I knew from somewhere that urchins were edible. Family members who were into diving brought up a lot of them, we opened them, removed the roe and cleaned it (with great difficulty, I recall) and proceeded to sauté it in butter. I don't recommend this. It's inferior to scrambled eggs. Much better raw on rice.

                                                                            1. re: Eric Eto

                                                                              What a lovely memory. You must have felt like one of the guys! My kids remember the urchin-fest too. It was a great day for foraging; I even found some sea peas, which we also ate. pat

                                                                              1. re: pat hammond

                                                                                In my late twenties, went on Outward Bound out of Rockland, ME--couple weeks of learning ocean sailing/survival school. At the finish, we spent three days on "solo", alone on an uninhabitated island in Penobscot Bay (mine was Big White Island.) Near the end of Sept. and all the berries were gone. But I managed to crack a bunch of periwinkles and scarf them raw (not great , but food)--a selection of beach spinach and beach peas were quite delicious --though hardly enough to consider a meal, much less three day's worth. When picked up, we were amazed we shared one food longing/fantasy--pizza, with lots of grease. And, for me, Sacher Torte --whoda thunk?

                                                                        3. "Adventurous" doesn't necessarily mean "omnivorous". As this thread has amply demonstrated, the sensitivity of palate that it takes to make a chowhound often produces aversions to specific foods as well as to badly-prepared food.

                                                                          I don't like raisins either, but I think my tolerance has improved over the years, so I can't really claim they're disgusting. At least I've stopped picking them out of my food. I can also cope with molasses now, in light doses. Ate a whole hermit the other day.

                                                                          Can't abide okra. Or overcooked pasta. But I like some slimy foods, like oatmeal, so I can't come up with a rule about it.

                                                                          Whoever compared vinegar to ammonia was, I felt, on the right track. And that rules out most salad dressings for me, most pickles, and other items like coleslaw.

                                                                          Pineapple. Can't even be in the same room with the smell. Likewise strawberries. I may be the only non-strawberry-worshipper in the known universe.

                                                                          Eggplant, peppers, and radishes don't like ME, but that's another story.

                                                                          I developed an aversion to all kinds of meat many years ago, and stopped eating the stuff altogether. Am considering revisiting that one; it's been a long time and most meat items don't smell awful to me anymore (barring some of the more revolting sausages my spouse brings home...) But old habits die hard.

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                                                                          1. re: C. Fox

                                                                            Good grief, C. Fox, what in tarnation do you eat?

                                                                            1. re: C. Fox

                                                                              I'll second the "no strawberries" view. I've found them to be watery and lacking in flavor.

                                                                            2. check the " not about food " section of this site for the discussion about placentas

                                                                              1. My Russian/Jewish granmother, legendary for borscht and chicken soup, matzo balls like I've never tasted anywhere, and an amazing variety of comfort foods that only a mythic grandmother can make, often made herself a lunch of spaghetti with cottage cheese and catsup.

                                                                                It turns my stomach just to think about it.

                                                                                1. There is one very common and ordinary food that makes me ill when it is around. The very smell of it makes me gag, and I usually have to leave the room. Once, I actually vomited. This common and ordinary food is egg salad.

                                                                                  Any other egg salad haters out there?


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                                                                                  1. re: Dennis

                                                                                    Yes! Count me in! I'm not alone in this. While it seems inocuous..I loathe the stuff-have to open the kitchen windows when my husband gets a jones for the stuff. Why is it so nasty? I like hardboiled eggs, I like mayo, I even like a hardboiled egg chopped in some mayo salads? But together it's literally barfy. I recall a visit to a terminally ill (too young) relative--about an hour trip to get there. We knew there would be a snack, simple due to the circumstances, and I blithely stated getting out of the car to family members, "man, I hate egg salad. At least we won't have that." You know how the story ends -and, again, given the sad circumstances, it was the only thing served...

                                                                                    1. re: Dennis

                                                                                      I have a lot of trouble coming to terms with the egg.

                                                                                      The way I figure it, if it didn't come in that lovely and perfect, clean white package, do you think people would be waiting behind the chickens for that goo to come oozing out? Licking their lips as it dripped into the collection pan?

                                                                                      I think not.

                                                                                      1. re: keith k

                                                                                        That's about how I feel about them as well keith,Honestly I don't think there is a grosser thing to want to eat,the thought of,the sight of,the smell of,everything about it Just Plain Gross,My skin is crawling just thinking about it!

                                                                                    2. I can't believe nobody's mentioned this yet...

                                                                                      Lutefisk. The only way to make it even vaguely palatable is to overwhelm the stuff with potatoes, white sauce, and vast quantities of salt and pepper. And even then it *still* tastes toxic.

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                                                                                        Caitlin Wheeler

                                                                                        Escargot. As a child, I loved the little guys. Then one day when I was about 8 or 9, I found a salad dressing that I thought tasted like escargot. I spent the day eating it on everything, and got the stomach flu the next day. No more escargot for me, though I still love garlic, and butter. I also hate mushrooms on pizza. Mushrooms in general are fairly new to me, and I don't like many raw, and I could skip the standard white mushrooms (no flavor, icky texture) But I have grown to love sauteed portobello, porcini, cremini, you name it.

                                                                                        1. The only foods I absolutely won't touch are lima beans, peanut sauces, and organs of any kind. Of these, I wish I could get around the peanut sauce thing, because I love Indonesian food. I don't even like peanut butter, except for inside a Reese's peanut butter cup.

                                                                                          A second category of foods I won't eat include hot dogs, spaghetti, and macaroni & cheese. These have always struck me as foods you feed to a child who won't eat what everyone else is having. Now that I'm a grown-up, I shouldn't have to eat these anymore. Of course, get me to a ball game, and I'll be the first one to order a hot dog. Weird, I know.

                                                                                          1. Pink peppercorns. I remember chowing down on some takeout food many years ago which was laden with 'em -- felt like I had chugged a bottle of Drano.

                                                                                            In the category of food-that-99%-of-the-population-would-find-disgusting-as-well, I volunteer Taiwanese "stinky tofu" (yes, I'm told that this is its actual name....). Big Dog, you know what I'm talking about; this came up on another thread some time ago. Imagine the aroma of an entire football team's dirty socks, concentrated into innocuous-looking cubes of dryish tofu, with a flavor that best approximates oven cleaner. I couldn't manage more than one piece, even holding my nose -- my Taiwanese friends insist it's a big thing back in Taiwan. My response is: lob a few of these things at the mainland -- then they'll leave Taiwan alone for sure!

                                                                                            1. It's not the taste of food that turns me off but the smell. Sight and taste don't bother me. I was blessed (or cursed as the case may be) with a hypersensitive sense of smell, perhaps to compensate for my near blindness. Three examples - anise, bourbon and collard greens, all of which make me physically retch.

                                                                                              1. Mine fall under 3 catagories, really. For taste, I can't stand ginger, lamb chops, licorice, and most American condimints. In addition, I don't eat foods that are based on said conds., like "egg salad", or any of that gross side dish stuff in bad deli cases. Whenever I try to eat lamb, and I really do try, it just gets bigger and bigger in my mouth until the gagging begins. As for ginger, I have a real food allergy to ginger, which is weird as I'm asian.

                                                                                                For texture, it's just beans. I'll eat things with beans in it and work around the beans. I eat pureed beans. But the whole bean sends me over the edge. The smell of canned bad bean dip causes me to puke.

                                                                                                Finanally, as a 5 year old, I was eating my scrambled eggs at Grandma's after church. Her youngest son, a mere 10 years older than me, asked me if I like the liquid chicken I was eating. Liquid chicken? He then explained how eggs are liquid chicken. I haven't eaten a plain cooked egg since.

                                                                                                I'm feeling decidedly un-chowhoundy. Maybe I should try to eat some lamb tonight.

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                                                                                                1. re: Marie B

                                                                                                  Im trying to think of a true American condiment of origin. Salsa, not invented here.Mustard, Im guessing
                                                                                                  Germany. Mayo, France or Italy and ketchup, that is Asia.
                                                                                                  I hate licorice but love lamb, maybe they are one of those you like it or dont thing.

                                                                                                2. I didn't read the thread about raisins; they're not something I'll go out of my way to eat, but I'll eat them if they're there...

                                                                                                  Prepared mayonnaise (or salad dressing, or whatever the hell Kraft calls it) is another story. I can't even stand the smell of it. The very idea of a "salad" (tuna, egg, potato, macaroni) made with this stuff makes me ill. The aversion to mayonnaise preparations seems to be pretty common.

                                                                                                  I don't like raw tomatoes, but even slightly cooked, they're fine. I think that this averion may be textural (when raw, they have that grainy flesh and unmentionable goop with the seeds in it).

                                                                                                  Mushrooms are more problematic. I don't like them raw, and don't even suggest mucus-y mushroom soup, but sauteed, they're fine, too.

                                                                                                  I don't like any type of strong vegetable on pizza, like bell peppers and onions, since those flavors totally permeate the cheese.

                                                                                                  Other than those things, I will eat anything from goat to balut (duck embryos, a specialty of the Philippines) to chicken liver to raw eggs to bitter melon (another SE Asian oddity).

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                                                                                                  1. re: Sam S.

                                                                                                    I forgot about the balut. When I was a kid, my non-Filipino mother would bring home baluts and durants from an adventurous shopping excursion or a trip abroad. (When I recently asked her how she snuck food in to the country, she replied, "They don't check Louid Vuitton luggage...") The stench of the durant would scare us all out of the house, including my fearless father. But the sight and gore of the balut would freak me out, inducing nightmares. The balut still freaks me out in memory.

                                                                                                    1. re: Sam S.

                                                                                                      Dammit! I missed this great thread. Screw it. Here are my comments anyway.

                                                                                                      I've eaten lots of different things many find offensive-haggis, brains, tripe, etc. and loved it all.

                                                                                                      Not big on blood sausage, especially that made from pig. Tolerable, but not sought after.

                                                                                                      Lungs from any animal, unless finely chopped and put into a terrine or the like, are pretty nasty to me.

                                                                                                      Not big on sea cucumber, not that it tastes so bad, I just fail to see the point. Like eating a tire.

                                                                                                      Testicles (and I'm suprised no one mentioned this). Maybe its just because I'm so attached to my own. Same with eye balls.

                                                                                                      Lastly, though I've never tried it, the duck embryo thing sounds bad. Duck eggs? Yes. Duck feet? Sure. Duck liver? Your G.D. right!!! But duck embryo? Sounds pretty bad.

                                                                                                      Obviously, fast food is right out. More or less torture, if only for the fact that I know how that crap is processed (a burger with bits of five hundred different cows in it? No f'n way!!)The smell of a McD's puts me off food for at least ten minutes.

                                                                                                      Canned or frozen vegetables are also thouroghly unappetizing.

                                                                                                      Other than that, well, there is a time and a place for everything, IMHO.

                                                                                                      Except maybe duck embryo.

                                                                                                      Peace and Grub

                                                                                                      1. re: Sam S.

                                                                                                        I haven't yet encountered the balut - although I have many Filippino friends, luckily none has offered me one, because I have a pretty strong policy of "trying anything once" when it comes to food, and I am not sure I could live down my fear of eating a partially-formed chicken embryo complete with crunchy bones. But bitter melon, which is a favorite of my Indian grandfather, is almost impossible for me to eat. (His other favorite veggie is okra, which I also can't stand (that's a texture thing, the way the Indians cook it has always been slimy in my experience.)

                                                                                                        1. re: Morticia


                                                                                                          Try okra lightly - and I mean lightly - breaded and deep fried. Not slimy at all; crunchy and very tasty.

                                                                                                          1. re: KevinB

                                                                                                            Thanks to you both for your suggestions - actually, Mr. Morticia has been insisting that I will really like fried okra "the way his grandma in Mississippi used to make it." Bring it on, honey, we'll see if it's good!

                                                                                                            1. re: Morticia

                                                                                                              When you do try it, I suggest a little horseradish sauce for dipping. Divine!

                                                                                                          2. re: Morticia

                                                                                                            Try okra steamed. The microwave works great for this. Use only small, fresh pods and cook them al dente. It is critical that you NOT overcook them to the point of sliminess!
                                                                                                            A little butter or whatever on it is nice. I leave the stem on so you can pick them up with your fingers and eat them in one or two bites, leaving the stem behind. I grow okra so I can pick it at its peak and eat it in minutes.
                                                                                                            Have you ever tried the crunchiness of pickled okra? It's great, too. There are "spicy" varieties out there.
                                                                                                            Fried is good. Can be really good if it's not greasy. Use a fine cornmeal/flour mix, with seasonings, after you have dregded them in milk/egg mix. Hmm, I think I will try this and roast them...

                                                                                                            1. re: Morticia

                                                                                                              Fried okra is literally my number one favorite food on the planet (and a helluva great hangover cure!). I wish I could get it in New England. :(

                                                                                                          3. I'm supposed to be working on my thesis today, but I was distracted and it's more fun to read these postings.

                                                                                                            Eggs are disgusting. When I was in 5th grade, each of us little kids had to disect a fertilized egg. It was a horrible experience. I couldn't eat an egg that looked like an egg until college. I still can't eat one that's runny or not scrambled.

                                                                                                            Then when I was in nursing school I had a human anatomy lab. That put me off meat (except sausage) for years, especially chicken.

                                                                                                            I love sausages, esp. bratwursts. Maybe because sausages don't look like anything I dissected in anatomy class.

                                                                                                            1. mayonaise. egg salad. ham. the hair on the anchovies. cheddar cheese. white bread. most cold cuts that have veins on them. american cheese. a salad heavily doused in ranch dressing. hard-boiled eggs. canadian bacon. raw beets. the smell of a mango. kefir. marshmellow fluff. anything pig (except well-burnt bacon). this fish dish my grandmother cooks ("in congealed juices" she has, one several occasions, boated proudly"). the smell of flan. those lard-like peices of ambiguities floating in chinese food dishes. a partially-cooked chicked breast smelling vageuly like wet dog. seitan.

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                                                                                                              1. re: molly

                                                                                                                "Hair on anchovies"???

                                                                                                                1. re: molly

                                                                                                                  >cafeteria hot dogs ("they're filled with nitrates!" my first grade teacher indelibly warned us)

                                                                                                                  >over-flavored sour-cream and onion potato chips

                                                                                                                  >nasty fake too-tarty jelly found in some brands of budget donuts


                                                                                                                  1. re: BZ

                                                                                                                    bite your tongue BZ ;) Sour Cream and Onion Chips are pure heaven !!!

                                                                                                                2. There's not much I won't eat. I have never been a picky eater. And in fact I eat a lot of strange food combinations that I get teased about by my friends. Such as, I am obsessed with Hellman's mayo--I mix it in my peas, chili and spaghetti to name just a few. I hate tomatoes, but love ketchup and tomato soup. Hate raw radishes and celery, but cooked is ok. I cannot tolerate any seafood unless it is breaded and deep-fried. In fact, my daughter had a pet Beta in a bowl on our kitchen table and it made me ill just looking at it while eating. And I can look at a lot of disgusting things--apparently just not fish.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: savannah1616

                                                                                                                    Okra, brussel sprouts, beef tongue, canned spinach, gelfite fish.

                                                                                                                  2. I haven't eaten meat in nine years...still have some occasional seafood. So i guess beef, chicken, lamb, pork etc.... stuff on bones or veiney things always bothered me. Even in my happy meat-eating days, I don't think I would have been able to tolerate tongue. I was happily oblivious to the existance of balut before discovering these boards.....so i would most definitly have to add that to my list or something i would not be able to try. My father however, will eat anything that has slithered, swam or trotted across the face of the earth, including all it's insides. I think i have a vague memory of trying headcheese as a child but couldn't get past what it was..i'm guessing i just didn't like it enough, because even after finding out where blood pudding came from, i still ate it. I can only tolerate canned salmon and sardines if they are skinless and boneless. There was no turning back for me after eating one spine. No thanks.

                                                                                                                    I normally won't knock anything until i've tried it however. I've happily been proven wrong with many foods i thought i wouldn't like, and i have also "grown up" to many foods. Have never met a fruit or a vegetable that i didn't like in some form, all kinds of grains (even found a way to like kasha), beans and the like, as well as tofu. I like all spices and seeds, nuts etc.

                                                                                                                    Have had to grin and bear it through a very runny egg once as a guest at someone's home once (also had a bad hangover at the time, adding to the challenge), but normally i don't like the sunny side up variety (this one had runny whites). I most definitly do NOT enjoy a tall glass of white milk, and that kind of makes me a little icky even watching someone drink it, i have no idea why, but still i have forced myself to drink it for health reasons in the past. I now drink soymilk.

                                                                                                                    Also had a bad experience as a guest with frozen and then microwaved crab legs, my eyes were literally watering as i forced it down, again, grinned and bore it. I was a guest. Another friend once gave me frozen shrimp with all it's appendages etc intact, and i had a similar reaction, even though i love shrimp.

                                                                                                                    Oddly I find some of the above reactions dependant on the time of the month when i can tend to be quesy anyway.

                                                                                                                    (on another note, disgusting is food likened to various bodily fluids and products....urgh)

                                                                                                                    1. Too much salt in food turns me off. It leaves a thirsty aftertaste/feeling in my mouth, and gives me a general feeling of physical malaise. Packaged rice dishes and canned soups are some of the worst offenders.

                                                                                                                      Also, cold okra for breakfast in Japan. Ick. Fried okra I like.

                                                                                                                      1. Canned wax beans and canned green beans--yecch! If I think about these too long I'll get the smell in my nostrils and start heaving...more info than most of you wanted to know for sure..

                                                                                                                        Whipped cream. Anything with whipped cream on top is ruined, no matter how tasty it was to begin with.

                                                                                                                        Marshmallows, fluff included. "Creme" in donuts. Jam or jelly. Caramel.

                                                                                                                        Just about any dried fruit, except for baked apple chips with ALL the chewiness baked out.


                                                                                                                        1. Spam in Viet Nam. Would rather starve.

                                                                                                                          1. anchovies, disgusting salty things
                                                                                                                            anything liquorice flavoured and anise, can't stand fennel.
                                                                                                                            kidneys - tried them once too overpowering

                                                                                                                            1. the stuff that the chains and fast food places "feature" during their 30 sec spots on tv. It looks disgusting, they've paid a food stylist to make it look "appealing", and it turns your stomach just to look at it.

                                                                                                                              Wouldn't they want to hide it instead of show it off? And spending A LOT of money to do so?!

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                                                                                                                              1. re: tudor3522

                                                                                                                                Chili's, Ruby Tuesday's, Macaroni Grill, Olive Garden, Smokey Bone's, TGIF, Applebee's, etc...

                                                                                                                                1. re: Sean

                                                                                                                                  OMG, tudor3522 -- I have the exact same reaction every time one of those commercials come on. It all looks thoroughly disgusting, the overall presentation not *at all* improved by drowning the various 'special' in "cheese sauce" or the like. Shudder. Those commercials make me want to nevereverever set food in any of those places....

                                                                                                                                  1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                    haha, i'm a food snob, so i totally turn my nose up at most chains and their tacky commercials. my favorites are the olive garden commercials where they show the meat plopping down on the dish or the sauce being poured over the pasta or whatever, it looks gloopy and gross. last time i ate in one of those i sat next to the most disgusting family ever, i can't do chains.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: sugarplumbs

                                                                                                                                      I'm blessedly naive. I've never eaten at an Olive Garden, Applebee's, Red Barfster, etc. ad naseum; and I never want to. Who'd eat at a Denny's. Plastic America, no thanks.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                        haha, you're lucky...unfortunately, i grew up in a small town where those restaurants are considered one of them "fancy dinners." i would never be caught dead in one now.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: sugarplumbs

                                                                                                                                        I ate there ten years ago, mostly because some of my employees liked it. It was something all could agree on when I took them out for lunch. It got to the point where about all I could stomach was the all-you-can-eat salad.
                                                                                                                                        I think Friendly's is the last place I barfed at about three years ago, when we were desperate and starving, on the road...

                                                                                                                                  2. re: tudor3522

                                                                                                                                    I have made that very comment to my husband about the TGIF commercials. The entrees for those $12.95 specials of theirs don't look the least bit appetizing.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: tudor3522

                                                                                                                                      A friend of ours once decided to try one of those KFC "bowls" they were advertising a few months back...for those unfamiliar, it's a bowl of pretty much everything KFC sells (chicken nugs, mashed potatoes, corn), topped with cheese and then if it weren't bad enough, I seem to recall gravy being in the mix. Needless to say, he had a huge stomach ache and could barely finish half of it!

                                                                                                                                    2. tofu
                                                                                                                                      vegetarian versions of bacon/ hamburgers/etc.
                                                                                                                                      lite/fat free/diet anything
                                                                                                                                      cottage cheese

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: swsidejim

                                                                                                                                        "lite/fat free/diet anything"

                                                                                                                                        Exactly. I'd rather do without if I can't have the original full-fat, full calorie version!

                                                                                                                                      2. After watching the Beijing episode of Bizarre Foods: snake penis

                                                                                                                                        Since I've been pregnant: pickles

                                                                                                                                        Before I was pregnant: apple sauce

                                                                                                                                        1. Bone Marrow and geoduck

                                                                                                                                          1. Grappa, Midori liquer, pickled green mango, mushrooms of any sort, bread that's even the slightest bit soggy, cream sauces with no discernible flavor other than cream, the sight of rare prime rib and blue-raspberry anything.

                                                                                                                                            1. creamed fn corn...can't get past the smell

                                                                                                                                              1. Green bell pepper. I don't like it, and it definitely doesn't like me.

                                                                                                                                                1. Olives.. I have tried countless times to like them, I've tried them dipped, stuffed, chopped up, hidden... etc, and the moment I detect the olive-y taste I instantly want to spit it out. Of course each time I've bravely, or stupidly tried them yet again hoping I would like them I am at a party...or at someones house and of course have to choke it down.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: andlulu

                                                                                                                                                    I feel you. For me it's specifically whole green olives. I try so hard to appreciate them. I thought that I would grow to like them as I did with black coffee, beer, and red wine. So far, the only way I can really enjoy them is as a spread mixed with other olives on a sandwich, like a tapenade I guess.

                                                                                                                                                  2. I'm with the OP - cream of mushroom soup. My mother once served this to me for lunch when I was about 3, it was my baby sister, myself and my mum at home and since she was dealing with the baby she wouldn't make me anything else. I did try it, and didn't like it. So she said either eat it or stay their until your father gets home. I sat there until 5pm when my dad got home. To this day Cream of mushroom soup makes me nauseous. Nothing like sitting there for 4 hours watching it congeal. Ick

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: starlady

                                                                                                                                                      I agree with starlady. cream of mushroom or anything with mushrooms make me want to blow chunks. My mom used to put mushrooms (the canned rubbery kind) in her pasta sauce and would tell us kids that she didn't. Well when you loathe something so much you KNOW it is in your food. Just cuz she liked them she expected everyone to like them too. No way

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Smileelisa

                                                                                                                                                        I hate hate hate hate hate canned mushrooms. My mom used to sneak them in everything. Totally gross. I like fresh mushrooms in any form, but those canned ones tasted like pure metal.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Not a single ingredient, but something else that I just plain old don't like is Pad Thai. It is one of these dishes that I really want to like, but to me, it has a very odd flavor and one that I just don't enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                      I guess I wouldn't go so far as to call it disgusting to me, though.

                                                                                                                                                      1. No one has mentioned BLUE CHEESE! I have no problem with mild blue cheese dressing, but just the smell of plain Roquefort, Stilton or other strong blue makes me nauseous.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: justin_mjn

                                                                                                                                                          I can't eat blue cheese. Don't even think of putting gorgonzola on my salad! Leave the dressing off my wings!

                                                                                                                                                          If you try to serve it to me for dessert, there is a good chance I will kill you.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Avalondaughter

                                                                                                                                                            Most cheese is disgusting. Rotten milk is what we're talking about here, folks. It's rotten. Not fit to be eaten.

                                                                                                                                                            The only people on this Earf who understand cheese are the Italians. Mozzarella and Parmesan. That's it. All other cheeses are disgusting. And "stinky" cheeses like Blue Cheese and Gorgonzola are especially nasty, precious. Absolutely vile.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: uptown jimmy

                                                                                                                                                              What about wine or vinegar? Isn't that just rotten grapes?

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Humbucker

                                                                                                                                                                Wine is fermented. Not rotten. Not moldy. Moldy wine is discarded immediately.

                                                                                                                                                                Moldy milk is lapped up with abandon.

                                                                                                                                                                I never understood.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: justin_mjn

                                                                                                                                                            I'll gladly eat your blue cheese in any form. I love the stuff, so much that I will eat it plain. I like almost all forms of cheese.

                                                                                                                                                            I can get past the taste of mayo in any form, over easy eggs, or whole olives.

                                                                                                                                                          3. I work at a breakfast joint in the mornings, and go to school in the afternoon and evenings. I have lost my appetite for most brunch foods, but certain things have always turned my stomach! I must be honest, I have never even tried the following...

                                                                                                                                                            *CORNED BEEF HASH
                                                                                                                                                            *Country gravy with chunks of sausage
                                                                                                                                                            *1000 island dressing
                                                                                                                                                            *Cream of HAM soup

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Kam7185

                                                                                                                                                              You will all think I am nuts but I despise Lobster and shrimp...

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Sean

                                                                                                                                                                You're not nuts. I hate seafood of all kinds, with a terribly distaste for shrimp.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Avalondaughter

                                                                                                                                                                  wife makes tuna fish,the rank smell of the tuna fish can being opened,on top of that gross smell of mayo,it stinks out the entire place,alot of seafood actually GROSSES me out,raw clams slurpin down,watchin people gulp down mussels,squid-octopus,eel,anchovies,all sends me running,fish smells,not a fan at all...

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                      I Don't Think So.......Sorry The Stuff is Gross,Not the Only One Feeling That way.....

                                                                                                                                                            2. I can't stand peaches. The fuzzy outer texture, the mushy fruit innards and the worst is the smell. Ever since I witnessed a classmate in the 3rd grade vomit one up in the wastepaper basket which was located near my desk...I cannot muster up the stones to eat one.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Walnuts.
                                                                                                                                                                I'm still amazed these things are sold as a foodstuff- they are without a doubt the most vile, revoltingly oily and bitter tasting substance known to man. And unlike some more exotically disgusting foods, walnuts show up in everything- cookies, cakes, brownies, ice cream, banana bread, 90% of every Greek dessert ever made, etc. etc. It's really only possible to avoid them if you state that you are allergic to nuts when buying anything in a bakery, b/c they seem to be the 'go-to' nut filler of choice. Even thinking about eating them makes me shudder in revulsion. Seriously, people, they're nasty.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Smorgasbord

                                                                                                                                                                  Walnut furniture is so beautiful; enough to make on go (eat) nuts!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Smorgasbord

                                                                                                                                                                    Wow. I could eat walnuts by the handful, untoasted. I can go on a walnut-cracking frenzy in the wintertime. I throw them in salads (toasted), or pasta dishes... and any brownie or chocolate concoction can only be improved by the generous addition of walnuts. Funny.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Smorgasbord

                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds like you probably haven't tried Brazil nuts, they're even oilier.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. I'm sorry, but dried seaweed...I ask for soy paper.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. All animal products, cooked oatmeal, raisins, yuck. I was fed oatmeal and raisins as a child. Disgust factor has to do with texture (slime factor of oatmeal, and taste. My husband likes oatmeal, raisins, but he's also vegan. I'm gluten-free now, so don't eat oatmeal in any form, but as a kid I would snitch raw oatmeal cookie dough and eat that with no problem.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Walnuts on their own can be very bitter, but it will vary according to type and how it is eaten. Personally, I think they are a tad bitter but when chosen properly they will compliment both savoury and sweets!

                                                                                                                                                                          What don't I like? There's a gourd called Bitter Melon, tastes just as it is named. Oh, and also any offal that isn't in a pie... but otherwise, I will eat anything!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Brussels sprouts.

                                                                                                                                                                            Food of the debbil.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: purple goddess

                                                                                                                                                                              The debbil likes brussel sprouts cuz they're so good. But you GOTTA cook them correct. Very easy to frack up, these debbil-loved tidbits.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: uptown jimmy

                                                                                                                                                                                As a child I was very thankful for my brussel sprout loving dog, who helped me clean my plate whenever they were served. Not often, luckily, as my mother also disliked the little boogers. I would accidentally drop my napkin on a corner of my plate, wrap up a sprout, and drop into dog's waiting mouth. Repeat as necessary. Nasty little things.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. chamomile tea

                                                                                                                                                                              I was cutting down on caffeine when I was pregnant and I tried chamomile. Oh, NO!

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Meann

                                                                                                                                                                                Ugh, how did I forget about chamomile tea? It's got that underlying funky flavor that I just can't explain, but I also just don't get. Gag.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm with you all on this one. My mom tried to force me to drink it once when I wasn't feeling well, and the taste/smell just made me feel worse.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Lucia

                                                                                                                                                                                    Not liking something given to you when you are sick really sticks with you. I can't eat split pea soup now for that reason.

                                                                                                                                                                                    My list: any liver product, runny eggs, jello, jelly beans, lima beans, okra

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: 512window

                                                                                                                                                                                      food for me is all about texture - i have a hard time swallowing slimy things like yogurt or tapioca.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. The foods I WILL NOT EAT

                                                                                                                                                                                Seafood of any kind (particularly shrimp and really strong meaty fishes like salmon)
                                                                                                                                                                                Peas (the smell alone makes me gag)
                                                                                                                                                                                Blue cheese

                                                                                                                                                                                There are a few other things I really dislike but have learned to tolerate under certain circumstances (yogurt and mayonaisse for example), but don't try to serve me any of the foods on that list.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Avalondaughter

                                                                                                                                                                                  I totally agree re: blue cheese. It's mold. How could mold be good? And mayo... ecchhh! The texture is gross.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fsd1116

                                                                                                                                                                                    mmmmmmMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmm -- mold. Delicious! "Rotten" milk -- a reason to live :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                    What I love about this rather juvenile thread is to find out how much more of the things I like and other people *hate* I could eat, if I had the time. Someone hating shrimp? Excellent, more for me. Bring it!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, I'm with you! I simply can't wrap my brain around some of the dislikes other people have... Cheese?!? Hello!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                                                        I like cheese. I just don't like blue cheese. I don't like the flavor of the mold.

                                                                                                                                                                                        I don't know if there is a logical explanation for why some people find certain tastes abhorrent and some love them, but why disparage someone for it. Another person's taste is not your own. It doesn't make him or her weird or bad or stupid or juvenile. It just means that person is different from you. You know - human, individual.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Avalondaughter

                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm disparaging no one - just merely commenting that I find it hard to imagine how someone else can dislike something that I like so much. That's all. No judgement.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                                                            Billions upon billions of Asians have lived their whole lives not eating cheese over the millenia, and upon being exposed to it this century tended to find it pretty disgusting, if what Ive heard and read is any indication.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Of course, time moves on and I'm sure many McDonald's cheeseburgers have been consumed in China in the last few years....

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: uptown jimmy

                                                                                                                                                                                              "Of course, time moves on and I'm sure many McDonald's cheeseburgers have been consumed in China in the last few years...."

                                                                                                                                                                                              Of course, one could also argue that there is no cheese in McDonald's cheeseburgers ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: uptown jimmy

                                                                                                                                                                                                That's actually true...in India, up until very recently, they did not have any "aged" cheeses, only fresh panir (which is simply milk curds, pressed, with no bacteria or molds added). When my Indian grandmother first visited the US in 1960, she thought someone had accidentally served her something that was spoiled!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Morticia

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Exactly. Panir is almost the same food as mozzarella, just milk solids cooked a bit to solidify, with a bit of salt for flavor. No rot, no mold, no disgust. It's not really cheese.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                                                                There is definitely some truth to that. However, there are exceptions to the rule - my mother-in-law (as well as most of my extended family) are from Hong Kong, and, upon being introduced to a large variety of cheeses while in France, discovered they loved the stuff! They were even packing chunks up in foil to take back to their hotel rooms!

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: linguafood

                                                                                                                                                                                            You can have my portion of shrimp and lobster.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Kelli2006

                                                                                                                                                                                              Really? 6 years later? How old is that shit now? '-D

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Beef stewed in Ragu sauce is especially hideous. I remember as a kid my authoritarian nanny making that stuff for me almost every single day. The slimey gooeyness from the squishy onions and the over cooked gelatinous tendon and meat was terrible. Plus it was so salty and sour yet plain at the same time.

                                                                                                                                                                                        To this day, my adventurous palate still has trouble taking in Ragu

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Eggplant is the most awful thing I have ever eaten. Eating it made me gag.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bremfoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes-You are not alone. Eggplant is gross. I cannot believe that I am admitting this, but after all the places I've had eggplant and gagged, Buca's eggplant parmesan was good enough for me to order it again. Go figure.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jenniegirl

                                                                                                                                                                                              It was so bad the first time i will never try it again, and i have never said that about anything else.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. green peas (adding them is a great way to ruin a meat pie or a thai green curry)
                                                                                                                                                                                            -- although I love split-pea soup with ham/hamhocks/or bacon

                                                                                                                                                                                            scrambled eggs (used to make me vomit when forced to eat them as a child)

                                                                                                                                                                                            soft, mushy asparagus (but like it if it's crisp)

                                                                                                                                                                                            fried, mushy okra (but I love okra in gumbo)

                                                                                                                                                                                            fried liver

                                                                                                                                                                                            baked macaroni and cheese (especially if leftover)

                                                                                                                                                                                            ketchup on french fries <shuddering as I type this>

                                                                                                                                                                                            creamed chipped beef ( <---- ok, now I've lost my appetite for dinner tonight)

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. forgot to mention the melted cheese served with nachos at the ballpark, cinema, and amusement parks

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: racer x

                                                                                                                                                                                                Ick, that stuff is nasty! I don't think it is even real cheese, is it?

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Mayo makes me want to puke. (Funny, I loved tuna salad as a kid, back when I refused to try anything that wasn't beige.) Also anything jellied - blech. And biting down on gristle in meat makes me gag every time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Emmmily

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm with you on the mayo. To it I would add, boiled eggs and anything made with boiled eggs (deviled eggs, egg salad), cooked celery, cottage cheese, yogurt (at least once a year I will try yogurt and no, still reminds me of dirty feet).

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Velvetta, margarine and Miracle Whipp!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jackrugby

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Miracle Whip. Why? Who thought to add sugar to perfectly good mayonnaise? It's atrocious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. There are VERY few foods that I can't find a way to like, or at least not hate. For instance, I don't like peas, but I can deal with them frozen or fresh. Canned is out of the question.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Worse than peas, however, are lima beans. Can't stand them, wan't nothing to do with them, I would be happy to never think of one for the rest of my life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Greek salad. I don't like most olives, I don't like feta cheese. Most of the time I see this salad with iceberg lettice - my least favorite of the letuce family. Ew!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    And though I have never actually eaten sardines, I am listing theme here. Gross!!!!!! I could just never get past the look of them to actally even contemplate putting one in my mouth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Canned mushrooms! How can someone take a wonderful, always available food and make it so horrible!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chamomile tea = hay in water.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: puppymomma

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Very interesting. I don't find them disgusting, but I too dislike peas, lima beans, olives, and iceburg lettuce. Wondering if there is a chemical link.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      How about Brussels sprouts, capers, and asparagus?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: racer x

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oooh! I do avoid those sneaky little capers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        But I love brussels sprouts and asparagus. Oh well!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: racer x

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I can understand how you can dislike wilted, brown iceberg; I do too. But fresh, cold, crisp iceberg? I love it in salads, sandwiches like BLT's, and even on its own with some crunchy peanut butter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Canned peas - yuck. But fresh peas right out of the pod, steamed with butter and mint? Yum! Frozen peas are ho-hum; I'll eat them, but they're definitely second best to fresh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: KevinB

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Iceberg is my least favorite lettuce, but I don't totally hate it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            But, an entire salad of iceberg is completely unappealing to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I agree that on a BTL it's refreshing. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: puppymomma

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Agree totally that an entire salad of iceberg is boring, boring, boring! We were in Chicago a few months ago, and I tried a "wedge" salad. A big wedge of iceberg with a few lonely tomatoes on the side. What a disappointment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              As for Greek salads - I don't like the ones with a lot of lettuce either. Last night for dinner (and today again for lunch), I had the "horiatiki" salad - tomatoes, red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, and cucumber, all chopped up, topped with shredded feta and black olives, and dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar shaken with some mixed herbs (and my secret ingredient - a squeeze of honey). Sweet, tart, crunchy, salty, smooth - I think you'd like it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: KevinB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Iceberg leaves me cold. I haven't bought it since the 70's!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: KevinB

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The ONLY good thing you can say about iceberg lettuce is that it can be crisp and wet. Sometimes you need that but you can get that from other nutritious, flavorful lettuces, which iceberg is not! Iceberg is the cheapest thing there is.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I remember all the greasy spoons I've eaten in where (with every meal) you get it with a small slice of tasteless tomato and ranch or some other god-awful creamy stuff. It's like saying, "there, you've now had your nutritious, fresh, "green" part of the meal."

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: puppymomma

                                                                                                                                                                                                            ha, hay in water. I also hate chamomile tea - it makes my gullet itch as I drink it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. I know I'm in the minority on this, but I can't stand cilantro. To me it tastes like parsley dipped in clorox. I also tried natto once. Ugh! I'm not sure it should even be classified as food. The Devil's own snot, I tell 'ya.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: comestina

                                                                                                                                                                                                              You may be in the minority, but you're clearly not alone. Julia Child famously declared that she couldn't stand cilantro. A friend of mine has to be careful with Thai and Mexican food because she detests cilantro.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I can't imagine living without it. That would be like living in a world where the only colors were black, white, and grey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: comestina

                                                                                                                                                                                                                My SO is exactly the same, when it comes to coriander/cilantro. She absolutely abhors it! And she likes pretty much everything else.... I agree that coriander is a very distinct, strongly flavoured herb. It must be administered with a delicate touch. Too much, and that's all you can taste.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: comestina

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't like it, either. I didn't know Julia hated it, though. We were in fine company.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mercyteapot

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I learned to appreciate cilantro in really spicy food for the cooling effect. I don't avoid it as much as i did in the past. What I truly detest is salmon in a filet or steak. Cured is fine but otherwise it is just nasty to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I can eat a lot of things, but my body will not let me eat a runny egg. Period. Actually I even have a hard time if the yolk is solid but that bright yellow color. Whole, hard-boiled eggs are out also. Scrambled, fried over hard, even chopped hard-boiled on salads are fine. Weird, huh? I can do raw oysters, love them, but not a runny egg.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Organs..not a big fan. Honestly, I haven't tried a lot and maybe if I had a couple of glasses of wine first and didn't know what it was, I might like it but tell me what it is and sober and afraid I wouldn't be able to get it down. I know lots of people say how good organs/by products can be but I don't think I would go to my grave sorry I hadn't tried them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Turnips, durian, camembert, raw clams, iceberg lettuce stems, celery, baby carrots

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. oh yeah, raw oysters are like eating big boogers. i kind of like the smell of them but cannot eat them raw. and anything labeled "fat free, low/no sugar, or diet" - aspartame is gross and kills brain cells. msg is gross too and it gives me migraines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Anchovy filets. I accidentally put a whole one in my mouth while eating a salad and not really paying attention. I literally had to massage my throat to keep it down. Don't mind them broken down in salad dressing and such though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ArikaDawn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My SO calls 'em "furry fish". She is the same; in salads, broken up or mashed/incorporated into the dressing, they are fine, but too strong whole.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I love 'em! Love 'em on pizza! You can rinse them in warm water and reduce the fishiness and saltiness.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Anchovies sure are great fresh and pan fried.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I find myself defending okra, for example, and saying, "but have you tried it fried or lightly steamed? I'm not out to change people's minds about anchovies, oysters, okra or veined cheeses but I find this discussion incongruous.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anchovies? Pizza places think I'm joking when I ask for double anchovies. In Norway one could get a shrimp, mussel and anchovy pizza. I throw together in a blender calameta olives, anchovies, olive oil and garlic, blend and toss w/ hot pasta.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Is slimy a synonym for okra?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The only thing I had a hard time w/ was live baby octopus. It bites and sucks, literally.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And c-rations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm assuming you ate the live octopus in Korea. Wow, between the dog and the octopus, you really got the culinary tour! Did they also feed you the raw aged crab in chile sauce (aged = rotting)? Pretty hard core!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: moh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hey, I'm an optimist. In order to get the octopus down I learned to love So Ju, I got So Ju-ish. We Loved Korea and its food. We did have live, fresh cooked king crab at the huge seafood market and grubs at the market. I passed on the "camp" stir fry with hot dogs, Vienna sausage and Spam. No that is disgusting!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Scargod

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I have tried okra fried, steamed, in jambalya, mixed with stewed tomatoes and it is just too slimy for me to eat. My husband who is from the south (I am a yank) just loves the stuff any way shape or form. bleck

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. While I don't have a problem with much, I find the following hard to stomach:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Chinese preserved eggs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_egg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Balut http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3. Casu Marzu http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casu_marzu

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I haven't tried the second two, and I think perhaps I never will. But, of course, I should never say never.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Casa marzu - that's a new one for me. I think avoiding anything that is still moving (and able to leap 6 inches when disturbed) is probably a good rule when it comes to food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That must be some good tasting cheese to put up with the little buggers jumping on you and burrowing through your intestines! "Could I get mine melted?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    i love almost any cheese, but risking having larvae bore holes in my stomach probably isn't worth eating. and that cheese looks pretty nasty anyway, i can't imagine the smell...those century eggs looked pretty sliced up, but i imagine they probably taste like death. there's a few more i'll add to my "do not eat" list!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: sugarplumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've avoided posting on this thread b/c I know it will end up in my favorites forever, but - those preserved eggs are actually amazing - I bought and ate the for the first time last month as part of the Home Cooking "Cookbook of the Month" - served with roasted red peppers - loved them - and I did share your apprehension.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sugarplumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah, the preserved eggs are certainly not as offensive as they look - my girlfriend loves them (she puts them in congee, noodle soups, stir-fries, or just eats them as is) - just not my cup of tea, really. There's a couple of different kinds - the one with the runnier yolk is the one that put me off them in the past. It's the slight hint of sulphur and ammonia that I can't handle... Perhaps in time I will come to love them, but I doubt it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The ones I had had a firm yolk. Re the ammonia - I smelled it when I peeled them, but didn't taste it. On another thread, someone said that there are several qualities of these eggs - mine were very cheap, and apparently the cheap ones are helped along in the aging process with chemicals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Tiny baby purple squid, squids that u poke a spoon in the head of it and juice comes out of its and u eat the guts on the rice, balut, mussels, raw oyster, caviar, bugs, headcheese, tripe, and the limberger cheese. Oh and cubes of blood floating in water, with a big scab on top of the container. Pig snouts, chitterlings, goat head soup, giant snails, chicken foot soup.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Cookiepants

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You reminded me of the giant snails I saw for sale in the markets of Ghana, where they're considered a delicacy - yikes! I certainly did not feel inclined to try them - frightening looking things!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not really any different from little snails, I suppose, at least in terms of texture and flavour.... Still, there's something about the size of them that is a little off-putting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: redearth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That is a great photo!I think they are beautiful. I ate some of those snails in Kumasi. They are delicious in stew!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. I HATE bubble gum, cotton candy, and mayonnaise (only if it's by itself, not if it's mixed into something, like a pasta salad). Even the smell of bubble gum and cotton candy make me extremely nauseous. SO gross.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hate cottage cheese because it has the same chunky appearance that vomit does, only it's white instead of green or brown.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I also hate peas and any vegetable I would consider a "weird" vegetable. This would be vegetables like broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, etc - all the ones that aren't very commonly used. (Vegetables that look like little trees often have a texture that also tastes like you're eating the tops of trees...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I hate bananas because they're too squishy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As for ethnic foods, I also HATE lutefisk - smells like rotting garbage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. This probably isn't a very common food anywhere, even in France, but the most disgusting thing I've ever tried was Andouillette sausage. It's made from pork intestines and it has the aroma you might expect from intestines. I speak here from experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Some years ago, my wife and I were in Paris, walking along the Champs de Elysees and we decided to stop for lunch. On the menu was Andouillette, which I had read about but never experienced. What I had read was that it was a VERY strong sausage, not for most palates, but that there were some who actually prized it. I decided to try it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The waitress tried to steer me away from it, but I insisted. All this got the attention of neighboring diners, who were now curious to see what my reaction to this particular sausage would be.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My wife had ordered a jambon (ham) sandwich and also tried to convince me to order something more prosaic, but not me! It was my first trip to Paris and I was gonna try all things French.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When my order arrived I thought they had served me rotten sausage, the odor was so offensive. As I realized that this is the traditional "aroma" of this particular type of sausage I decided to plunge ahead. My decision was mainly based on the not-so-covert glances of the neighboring diners, all wanting see my reaction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When I sliced into the foul-smelling thing, the innards slithered out, looking and smelling like a colony of maggots. Had I any courage, I should have pinched my nose, apologized to my neighboring diners for having released that noxious gas into the atmosphere, and ordered something else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not me! I decided, solely in an effort to save face, that I would at least try this horrible stuff reeking before me. I figured that it couldn't have killed others (after all, they were serving it to me in a bistro in Paris), and I dimly remembered that there were actually people who LIKED this stuff. So I dug my fork in, picked up stuff that most garbage trucks wouldn't accept, and gave it my best. For maybe two bites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm a fairly adventurous eater (look at what I was trying here), but this was WAY beyond the pale. I didn't care now about the amused glances and quiet laughter that arose around us. I didn't care that my wife was thoroughly enjoying herself (despite the foul smell).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I realized I was beaten. Forever. So I signaled the waitress (who was among the crowd watching me and laughing at me), and she kindly took it away. All I could manage then was a drink.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So when it comes to that particular French sausage known as Andouillette, I'll pass from now on.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Mushrooms and tofu are at the top of my list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Geez I'm a Really Fussy eater,To the point I read the ingredients on labels to check before I try it,many of the main foods im grossed out by end up on online top gross foods lists,many people around me don't understand me for it,or think im crazy,just wont eat that get over it lol.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              many gross foods family or friends eat I can not eat in same room with or i'll get sick,some foods I see the sight of,i get out quick,i don't mind making different meals for my kids because I was forced as a child,horrible memories there.i love my kids and don't want them to suffer as I did,everyone is happy then.my wife gets sick over certain foods people eat a couple of them I eat,i never bring it into the house or eat it around her,basically stopped eating those foods no big deal.i say everyone is different everyones taste buds are different,not everyone likes the same things you do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I absolutely hate bananas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Meat grosses me out.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eggs yolks are nasty (unless I am baking with them.. then I can just not think about them being yolks).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Anything DRY or bready (unless it is soft).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pasta just is not for me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Indian spices make me vomit--I have no control over this gut-reaction--I just instantly feel sick.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cheese and milk and most dairy.. although I think that's due to health-related issues.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Really though, bananas are the absolute worst.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I've recently found that I can't stand the smell of canned tuna, yet I can eat it fine in a tuna salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cantbeatgoodfood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Love HBEs. Hate runny yolks in any form! Fried have to be over well broken...aka "dead"!