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Frank Bruni / A taste you just hate?


Touches on what a countless number of threads here have discussed over the years.

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  1. well of course my hate is perfectly reasonable :) I hate green bell peppers. I like them red just fine. My kids didn't believe it was anything but "in my head" but I demonstrated that I could tell the difference with my eyes closed. Really, other than that, there's not a single thing that I would say I hate.

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    1. re: DGresh

      It's odd that you mention green bell peppers, because that is the only thing I can think of that I hate as well- always substitute red or yellow when I cook.

      And it isn't so much that I hate them, but they hate me.

      1. re: BubblyOne

        Odd indeed.
        I agree with everything Bruni writes here, but, like you, I cannot abide green bell peppers--one of very few things--and I can't imagine I ever will.

        1. re: BubblyOne

          So weird. Growing up my mother made stuffed peppers with green bells and I hated them. As an adult I tried using red instead, love them now.

          1. re: Jerseygirl111

            Same here. I love making them with red and/or yellow.

            I still get an dish every now and then that has green- meatloaf or pizza come to mind, and yes 40 years later- still hate!

        2. re: DGresh

          Well you know hate based on color is really discrimination, I don't think you hate green peppers as much as you discriminate against them, even blindfolded. Discrimination is blind. (this is a joke of course I'm not accusing you of discrimination)

          1. re: DGresh

            Aren't green peppers just unripe red bell peppers? I've known many people who either dislike or experience discomfort with green peppers, but are perfectly fine with red or yellow

            1. re: Kalivs

              yes that's true. Just unripe. But their taste is different. I personally don't have any discomfort issues. I just don't want to eat them.

          2. Thoughtful and well-written.

            1. Thank you, lingua. You've armed me for the next time I ask for help appreciating something that I didn't enjoy on the first few tastes. There are always a few people that answer with, "why bother? You don't like it, move on."

              I genuinely pity people who have never learned to like something. I still hope someday someone will show me how to like peas...otherwise, I've come a long way as I've grown up.

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              1. re: Wahooty

                Not so much a taste as a feel. I cannot bite into a piece of citrus without recoiling . Juices, extracts, flavorings? Fine. Just that mouthfeel I can't handle.

              2. Really great article. Thanks for sharing.

                1. For me, and without the slightest hesitation, GREEN PAPAYA. How anyone could acquire a taste for barf is beyond me.

                  I know it is supposed to be a delicacy but second would be raw sea urchin. Taste and smell are reminiscent of some other marine creature in a state of decomposition ("Long time, no sea.")

                  1. Alton Brown quoted Mark Twain at the end of IC Battle Beet:
                    "I hate beets, and I'm glad I hate 'em,
                    because if I didn't hate 'em, I'd eat 'em,
                    and I really hate 'em!"

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                    1. re: WNYamateur

                      Dirt balls. Pickled beets? Vinegar dirt balls. I swear, when I open that jar, it smells exactly like when I am digging a hole in my garden to plant something.

                    2. I read the article, and unfortunately it doesn't apply to me. All the food I hated as a child I still hate now, despite numerous attempts to like them. My only success story is steak. Believe it or not, I hated steak as a child. The meals I missed at Peter Lugers! My parents loved that restaurant, but I refused to go..they said it just had steak. Well, it wasn't until maybe my 30's when I tried it at a steakhouse and suddenly liked it. Still love it. I almost made it with tomatoes...every year, I will eat a few slices of tomato, but only what I grow in my garden, no others. I will not touch store bought tomatoes...well, maybe grape tomatoes. I can tolerate spinach now, but never enjoy it. All the other "forbidden" foods of my childhood...eggs, green peppers, beets, raw celery, most cheeses are still on my hate list. It's flavor more than texture...raw celery overwhelms all other tastes, soft cheeses only taste like ammonia. Eggs can be an ingredient, but never, ever, as a stand alone dish. But I do agree that bacon can save the world.......

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                      1. re: EricMM

                        Forgot to add milk to things I hate. as a child, I could only drink chocolate milk. To this day, milk is something for my coffee or a bolognese sauce, otherwise, keep it away from me!

                      2. I hate all things licorice, anise, sambuco, so THOUGHT I hated fennel...until a friend served sauteed sliced fennel and potatoes. ( I've never met a potato I didn't like). Now
                        it's a dish I make often and love. Still don't like licorice candy, 'tho.

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                        1. re: amazinc

                          I also hate licorise, but I love fennel.

                        2. I have never had any aversion to anything novel. Rather, I was intrigued by the strangest of things from first encounter. I eschew taboos and spit on rules. Think that's why I eat everything and hate nothing*?

                          *except people who hate things or blindly follow rules.

                          1. Mint...MINT! Any variety or form.