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Divisive Foods and Polarizing Herbs

Taste buds are a mystifying thing. How is it possible that I could gobble up fresh steamed beets like candy, while they disgust my colleague Jeanne (and a lot of other people I know)? Or that for many food lovers mushrooms are a delicacy, while for others like my friend Betsy, they are repulsive? 

Sure, we all have certain foods that we love or hate with a passion, but in my twelve years of creating and sharing recipes; I have found that certain foods really send seemingly calm and rational people scurrying to the other side of the table. 

Here is my list of the top ten divisive foods and polarizing herbs:

  1. Beets
  2. Brussels Sprouts
  3. Eggplant
  4. Tofu
  5. Okra
  6. Mushrooms
  7. Peppers
  8. Gorgonzola/Blue Cheese
  9. Cilantro
  10. Fennel

Strangely, I enjoy all of the above foods (well, maybe not okra, but I tolerate it). I’d love to hear from you about what foods you hate with a passion. And remember it’s never too late to learn to enjoy a new food. Just like kids do, adults benefit from repeated exposures to new foods, so try to keep an open mind and open your mouth next time someone puts one of your least favorite foods in front of you.  

Originally published on The Six O’Clock Scramble