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May 17, 2012 10:23 AM

"Least Favorite Vegetable" Poll

Am writing a column on the subject, and would appreciate your input. Are there any veggies you despise? Any you've never tried, e.g., kohlrabi, rutabaga, celeriac?

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  1. Never tried Brussels sprouts and I don't intend to. Never tried squash either, although I might be willing to give crispy fried squash a shot.

    I nurse a rather profound loathing for Swiss chard.

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    1. re: Perilagu Khan

      Sweet potatoes. No question. The very smell of them makes me retch.

      I can't stand cooked spinach, either, but it's not the same. I dislike spinach--I violently loathe sweet potatoes.

      1. re: Perilagu Khan

        thought I'd replied to this, if I did MODS please erase.

        HATE ruta-blech-a. should be voided off the planet. smells like a "smelly trumpet".

        Not fond of eggplant I don't care what you say about it.

        Okra has slimeeeeeeeee.

        Parsnips taste and smell like cologne.

        Collard greens, kale, turnip greens, mustard greens and dandelion greens, won't go near my mouth cause I don't want them to.

        ADORE Brussels Sprouts, any which way you cook 'em or not, they're wonderful.

        1. re: Perilagu Khan

          call me old fashioned, but maybe try befole deciding you dislike? it is least favorite, afterall, not most feared.

              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                Hey PK, I've got some LGBs for you. I promise, they're REALLY good! ;-)

                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                  Poor Perilagu, just wants to leave the brussels sprouts off the plate. I support you in that PK. Though I have this one dish where I wrap them in swiss chard and serve over a bed of zucchini "pasta" that I'm sure you would love. ;)

                  1. re: debbiel

                    Y'all are some real pals. Boon companions to the end.

            1. I know it's foodie blasphemy, but I just cannot like beets. I've tried them cooked every which way, all kinds of recipes and presentations, I just find them to be awful.

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              1. re: rockandroller1

                listen R&Rer, it's ok not to like something that goes into your taste buds and falls flat.

                1. re: rockandroller1

                  Agreed. I like most vegetables (and don't mind the ones I don't especially like), but beets taste like dirt to me.

                2. I dislike very very few foods. I'm going to have to go with bitter melon. I had it in Chinatown, and it ruined the dish it was in. I'm going to try it again, though, because it's the only vegetable I can think of that I dislike.

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                  1. re: CoachJ

                    When I was a kid, bitter melon stew was unfortunately on the menu at home one too many times. Yeah, I know! - who tastes that vegetable and thinks it would make an awesome stew? And it's chock-a-block full of bitter melon. Yuck.

                    But you know what's funny? I made a miso chili recipe (http://theasiangrandmotherscookbook.w...) and since the person who writes the blog that I found the recipe on was was thinking about how to make an Asian-inspired chili, the first thing I thought was bitter melon - in very, very, very, very, small quantities - would be good in it. I know they sell it at my local Chinatown, so when I make this chili again I'm going to try it with bitter melon, one of my few childhood vegetable foes. :)

                    1. re: jubilant cerise

                      I had bitter melon soup living in Hong Kong -- and I had to eat it because I was a guest in someone's home! I've fortunately blocked out the memory of that atrocity and replaced it with the memory of the incredibly delicious shell-on shrimp we ALSO had with that meal (which I couldn't peel fast enough for Mama, so she peeled them for me and kept putting them in my bowl)!

                      1. re: LauraGrace

                        Is that soup still alive and well and living in Hong Kong? ;)

                        1. re: Perilagu Khan

                          LOL!! Curse you, dangling modifier! ;)

                    2. re: CoachJ

                      Celery, when it's combined with tofu in a specific Chinese dish that I can't recall the name of. It tastes like hot dogs.

                      That would be alright if I was eating hot dogs.

                      But the worst I've tried might be sea buckthorns. I'll give 'em another shot, but the juice was awful.

                      Otherwise celery, along with every other vegetable I've tried, is certainly worth eating.


                    3. Loathe- Beets, sweet potatoes/yams, pumpkin, cooked carrot chunks, lima beans, okra(although pickeld okra is OK).

                      Never tried(and never will!)- Kholrabi, rutabaga, taro

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                        1. re: Michelly

                          Wow. I go to the u-pick farms an hour from my house because they farm better than we do here- I eat almost as much okra raw off the plant as I put in my bucket. It's so good.
                          The one time I had a taro cake it tasted like saliva. Never tried it after that.

                      1. Brussels sprouts. There is just nothing you can do to them to counteract that bitter aftertaste. And yes, I've tried it all, including cutting them off a stalk I harvested myself and cooking them within the hour. It's okay not to like something, even if it's the darling of foodies everywhere. You can take my chow badge away; just don't make me eat Brussels sprouts.

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                            1. re: nomadchowwoman

                              yeah PK, respectfully, i don't get this from you! why won't you try and then decide? aren't you the least bit worried, food warrior that you are, that you might be missing out on something delicious?

                              1. re: mariacarmen

                                No, Mrs. Carmen. I'm more concerned I'd put something in my mouth that would make me violently sick.

                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                  ok, PK, no offense meant. sorry, didn't know there was an issue.

                          1. re: Isolda

                            You absolutely get to have your dislike of Brussels sprouts. I'm just wondering if you've had post frost sprouts. I don't like early autumn sprouts because of bitterness but find that I love later season ones.

                            For me, okra. Boiled okra-slimy terrible ick. Other okra, mild ick or eh.

                            1. re: Isolda

                              another brussel sprout hater here.

                              1. re: Isolda

                                Wow, my father made them with bacon and onions and it was one of the best things I've ever had and I thought I didn't like them. Not one bite was remotely bitter. All due respect, but something is going wrong in the preparation if they are bitter. I've heard that overcooking is the biggest mistake made and leaves them bitter.

                                1. re: jhopp217

                                  Love them as you do only roasted. And with chestnuts. In the tons of times I have had them I do not recall one ever being bitter, either. Also love separating all the leaves and cooking them that way - it is a revelation.