Food

What Foods DON’T You Like?

Every few years, I will be at a market that has an array of the most beautiful olives and I’m tempted…

…to buy them all. I love how colorful they are, how varied their textures are, how elegant they look when served with a hunk of Parm or spicy nuts. The one problem? I detest them. It’s not like I’m a fan of Kalamatas but not of Castelvetranos. Or that I like the oil-cured but not the pimento-stuffed. I don’t like any of them. And this is not some picky-eater hold-out situation, either. Every year I’ll try a bonafide bite — like not a nibble — to see if I’ve outgrown the aversion, and every time, I’m reminded how fast I’d like to run in the opposite direction of a Puttanesca.

I’m not proud of this! But I do take some comfort in the fact that other people who write about food also harbor unexpected aversions. Ina Garten famously despises cilantro and Ruth Reichl steers clear of honey.

What about you? Do you have any food aversions that people might find surprising?

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  1. Aimee says...

    I also don’t like olives.

    Or yellow mustard. Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, honey mustard – all fine, but not the simple, classic yellow.

    And aniseed and star anise. My husband gets to finish many a spring roll that I start but can’t finish because of the star anise.

  2. Sofie says...

    Liquid tomatoes…
    I love tomatoes on their own, but any liquid form and I’m out! So no spaghetti with meatballs for me, no pizzas and no bloody mary’s.

    I also don’t like honey in its pure form, as a sweetener it’s ok, but something that tastes of honey, not for me :)

    And then there’s cilantro/coriander; I have that gene, so it tastes like soap. Even the smallest amount and a dish is ruined. Too bad, because there are a lot of recipes I’d love to try with it.

  3. rachel simmons says...

    i hate all melons!!! except a really ripe watermelon! But honey dew (?) is VOMIT

  4. Claire says...

    I love cheese but cannot stand American cheese (it tastes almost mucus-y to me) or comté (it makes the roof of my mouth feel funny). I also stay well clear of liquorice and artificial fruit flavours (actual fruit is fine). I hated mushrooms until the age of 18 though so maybe my tastes will evolve?

  5. Ellie says...

    Cauliflower! Which is a shame as it’s literally everywhere just now. Cauliflower crust pizza? Literally my worst nightmare. Why would you?! Can’t do celery either, I was so disappointed the first time a tried it. For some reason I was convinced it was going to taste like a really crisp spring onion. I couldn’t have been more wrong or disappointed!!

  6. Nigerian Girl says...

    I don’t like olives either. Nor do I like cinnamon. It has a way of completely spoiling the taste of food. And I can’t stand watermelon either. Gosh, the smell drives me absolutely crazy.

  7. Le says...

    My sister and I have a food mantra adopted from when traveling: try everything twice (before you decide something is bad eats). So I only have one: raw zucchini. Gah-rosse!

  8. Vy says...

    I thought I can eat almost everything. But after reading dozens of comments, I realize I also hate or detest a lot of food lol. As a typical Asian, I can’t taste blue cheese and goat cheese, other types are totally fine. I don’t like and rarely enjoy dill, kale, celery. I hate ketchup and mustard, still don’t understand why they are often eaten with sandwich. I love most of herbs, except raw onion and pasley. I hate ripen banana, its taste and texture are awww, but the green-yellow one is fine.

  9. NH says...

    I really detest the taste of Truffles. Truffle oil is detestable to me. I also really do not care for Caviar as it is so salty. I have a hard time with oversauced foods and use condiments like mayo sparingly. Totally agree with the person who does not enjoy Rose Water. Almost any other foods are delightful. I love trying new foods and especially various ethnic varieties.

    • H says...

      My ex-husband hated truffles, which we both discovered when he involuntarily spit something truffle flavored out onto the white tablecloth at a fancy manhattan restaurant.

  10. Meg says...

    I had strong aversions to nearly every food listed in these comments until my early 20s, when I decided somehow I was going to learn to like it all. Two decades later, I love almost everything. It did take years, but here is my personal foolproof three-step strategy: 1. Be hungry, pre-dinner is perfect; 2. Have a cocktail or two (or gummy, dealer’s choice); 3. Have a high quality serving of the “target” food on hand, and…this is key…no other available snacks. Repeat as necessary. I stumbled upon it with olives in Spain as a college student. Hungry (check), a few glasses of wine (check), nothing on the table but great olives (check). I’ve applied it to everything from raw tomatoes to blue cheese. It’s hard to be hypersensitive to foods, and this really does work.

  11. Bec says...

    Wow! Reading this made me so hungry. I don’t have any foods I don’t like! Is it common in America for adults to have so many food aversions? Where I live it’s mostly kids that are fussy. I’m about to give birth to my first child and I’m petrified they will be a fussy eater!

  12. Gina says...

    Eggs! I don’t like them in any form including fried rice that has eggs in it. It’s a very inconvenient aversion!!

  13. Susan says...

    Day old reheated fish. EEK. Also, any kind of form of fish that I can’t totally trust like – fish out of a can, ground fish, most smoked fish, etc. My dad is originally from Ukraine and was deeply disappointed growing up that I wouldn’t try herring.

  14. Daniela says...

    I dislike anything grape flavored!

  15. I really detest bananas, but every so often I eat one and I am reminded they are certainly not my favorite.

  16. Amanda says...

    Anise flavors (licorice, fennel), celery, papaya, bell peppers of any variety. I really wish I liked bell peppers, especially the orange and yellow ones since they’re so pretty and good for you, but every time I try to eat them my brain just goes “WHAT ARE YOU DOING THAT’S POISON.” Also not a fan of sauerkraut, which is hilarious because I love kimchi, so who knows.

    I’ll eat pretty much everything else, though, including olives, which are one of my favorite foods, even the canned black ones.

  17. Alex says...

    Beets are the worst. Sweet dirt.

  18. Lauren R. says...

    My food aversion is actually a beverage aversion! I’m not a fan of hot alcoholic drinks. Sake, hot toddies – they’re just not my thing. I will still drink them if one is set down in front of me, but in tiiiiiny sips. There’s something about the heat that makes the flavor of the alcohol really strong.

  19. Cynthia says...

    Green beans (squeaky), zucchini (mushy, no taste), quinoa (just don’t like the flavor or texture), eggplant (the juxtaposition of tough skin and slimy interior is too much to bear), okra (ugh, pure slime and hairy to boot), fake crab (duh), kale (just too aggressive), cilantro (genetic aversion), quiche (too jiggly), jello (what is it, ugh), bubble tea (gag me with the blobs).

    • this made me laugh… your descriptions :)

  20. Becca says...

    Internal organs of any kind. Folks love liver. I’ve tried repeatedly. Just not for me.

  21. Rita says...

    I hate bacon, please don’t hate me! :)

  22. Cindy says...

    Love olive oil – hate olives
    Love tomato sauce, tomato soup, sundries tomatoes – don’t like tomatoes
    Would starve to death before I would eat blue cheese.

  23. Chelsea says...

    I’m super picky about herbs (I hate coriander, mint, parsley, lemongrass), and detest olives, celery, parsnip, red apples, liquorice, sultanas, rockmelon, all mushrooms except button mushrooms (and they have to be cooked), ginger, and anything remotely spicy.

    I never thought I was picky — I just like what I like! — and then a friend told me I was one of the pickiest eaters she’d ever met. The shame!

  24. Hannah says...

    I cannot deal with mushy textures – roasted eggplant and peppers are the worst. I gag every time I try them. Also, dried fruit that has been cooked and partially rehydrated is a big no-no. Raisins in raisin bran are downright delicious to me but raisins in a curry, or in a muffin where they are a bit squishy make my insides squirm. I’ve been like this since I was a kid! Crazy how some things never change.

  25. Andrea says...

    I once served a salad at a dinner party made with celery, blue cheese, and dates. Midway through, my friend threw down her fork and said, “I just can’t stand celery! I’m so sorry!” At which point two other guests confessed their hatred for both blue cheese and dates. Womp womp.

    As for myself: bell peppers, particularly the green ones. For whatever reason, many of us chefs detest them. Apparently, it’s a thing.

  26. Leslie says...

    We just finished Brian Regans new stand up on Netflix (and surprise! Quarantine did just what I had hoped for our comedians, I swear he’s funnier than ever!) and his bit on not liking foods/raisins/ham sandwiches had my husband and I curled up crying laughing. I plan to watch it all over again tomorrow with our kids.

  27. really enjoying this comment section. I am generally fairly open to flavors and enjoy all sorts of foods that are commonly disliked (black licorice, goat dairy, kombucha, etc.), but when I was in Japan, there was an herb in a lot of sushi that I simply could not tolerate. Because of the language barrier, I never was certain what it was, but I think it may have been Japanese basil. For me, the experience of eating it was beyond vile. Obviously plenty of people love it, though, because it showed up so frequently! Same for natto. I also don’t love pineapple, because it makes my tongue itchy and raw. Too bad, because I love the flavor.

    • H says...

      Maybe shiso? I personally can’t stand shiso.

  28. Emily says...

    I was a picky eater as a kid and I’m so glad I got over so many of the food aversions I had but I still can’t do fish, dill, anise or fennel. Maybe someday…

  29. Kari says...

    I was a super picky kid but my husband will eat anything and since we’ve been together seeing him enjoy so many foods and trying stuff from his plate without having to order a whole dish I might not like has really opened up my food palette. With that said, I still will not eat any kind of salad sandwich. Tuna salad, egg salad, ham salad: I can’t get past the squichy sound or the texture.

  30. Erin says...

    Onions. Celery. The worst. My family still bugs me about these aversions.

    Kale is meh.

    Quinoa- I want to like it but I can’t. Tried it in so many ways! Other than that I game for most foods.

  31. Marie says...

    Sigh. I’ll admit it. I hate all “real” cheese. I can’t even get too close to the cheese section of the grocery store without gagging. Weirdly, I can eat Cheetos and Kraft Mac and Cheese, neither of which qualify as real cheese. Many people assume I have a dairy allergy, but nope! Thankfully Mellow Mushroom makes a good cheese-less pizza :D

  32. Amy says...

    Ketchup. I don’t want to touch the bottle, let alone smell it! If any of it got on my fingers I’d lose my mind.

    Unless it’s already on a McDonald’s burger-then it’s fine. (I seldom eat McDonald’s too). 😂

    • Rosie says...

      I’m the same!

    • Jessica says...

      SAME. It is the most cringey food ever for me!

    • Hilary says...

      That’s me with mayo. My roommate asked me to grab some from the grocery store and that was a firm no. What if there was some mayo on the outside of the jar?!

  33. Kristin says...

    I can’t stand dill in most applications and tarragon, though I can eat dill pickles on a burger. I used to hate cilantro, but am very glad I like it now.

  34. Catherine says...

    Peanut butter. Raw peanuts are OK (not my favorite, but I’ll eat them), but there’s something about peanut butter I can’t stand.

  35. Alex says...

    I like olives on their own, but I hate when added to almost any dish. They overpower everything and all you can taste is olives. Especially on pizza. Olives RUIN pizza every time.

    I like most foods but I cannot stand papaya (smells and tastes like barf). Also not a fan off cooked green beans – once as a kid my parents made me eat the green beans at a neighbor’s dinner party and I was so grossed out that I puked them back up right onto my plate in front of everyone. So gross.

    • Caitlin says...

      Runny eggs. I can’t. The smell, the texture, the taste, even the visual of them oozing out of a sandwich or being broken into. Gag.

    • Anne S says...

      Exactly my feelings on olives, the cafeteria at my college used to serve these bizarre burritos that they’d offer to put olives, banana peppers, and other weird ingredients on. Every single time I’d say “no olives” and there would always be at least one stray olive in there, ruining the entire burrito. It’s weird, because I love briny foods and strong favors, but olives just take it too far.

  36. Alex says...

    Mushrooms & all seafood. Cannot even be in the house when someone in my family is cooking either of them. Just the smell makes me want to vomit.

    • Midge says...

      These, exactly! Ick.

    • Mary says...

      OMG Alex, I completely agree on the mushrooms. Grossest food of all time.

    • Ana says...

      Me too!! :)

    • Robin says...

      Same, Alex! Those are the only things I can’t eat-it’s the texture, smell, and taste! And almost everyone I know loves both.

  37. C says...

    Rose water. It is the most foul smelling thing to me – so strange! A friend brought over delicious Indian food once and there were these little cakes for dessert that had been soaked in rose water, and when she opened up the container I could not even be in the same room as those cakes.
    Also lemon pepper – whatever it’s on tastes like freezer burn! I cannot stomach it.

    • Hillary says...

      My initial reaction to this question was “I like everything.” But you’re right—I hate lavender in food, and I think I’d hate rose water too.

    • Abbe says...

      OMG – my mother in-law puts lemon pepper seasoning on literally everything and it’s ruined it for me, not that I liked it that much to begin with. But it’s always “How could this dish be better? LEMON PEPPER.” Gag.

  38. Rachel says...

    Raw celery (fine if it’s cooked down into soups, Thanksgiving stuffing, etc. but never raw! I hate the stringy bits and the flavor is just bleh), dill (it does the soapy-metallic thing people often describe for cilantro), raw oysters, blue cheese, salt and vinegar chips (why ruin perfectly good chips!?), and most olives. I have tried to train my palette to like olives, but I’ve been stuck on the occasional jarred sliced pizza olive and haven’t made much progress beyond those.

    • rachel simmons says...

      i am rachel and i also *HATE* CELERY

  39. AE says...

    Cottage cheese. BLEGH my mom loves it and watching her eat it makes me ill!!. I CANNOT STAND the smell of bananas – can’t be in the same room as someone eating one. I also HATE peanut butter and gag at the smell and I loathe when my fiancé makes a pb sandwich and I have to clean any ounce of pb off a spoon/knife BLEGH. I do not like cooked onion and my future in laws (Lebanese) are all about it so thats a struggle!

  40. Wayne Jennifer says...

    Jenny….I feel the same exact way about olives. It doesn’t make sense when I think of other foods that I like. I try an olive about once a year and I can’t swallow it without making a face.

  41. Pamela says...

    Almond extract, bleu cheese, quinoa (omg gross), rosemary, fennel, cilantro, frankly most herbs lol

    • Mimi says...

      Blue Cheese. I. Just. Can’t! It smells and tastes like vomit (sorry!). A dear friend – and very good cook – once made me a birthday dinner. She made sure to ask if mushrooms were ok, but didn’t think about asking if I liked blue cheese. I really, really tried to eat my dinner. I couldn’t do it. My brother was sitting next to me asking, “how old are you??” – as if age could possibly make it taste like anything other than.. 😞

    • Amy says...

      Blue cheese — can’t stand. Except when I was pregnant I craved it. How is that even possible!

  42. Shawn says...

    Same. I would try olives every year and hate olives. BUT, I enjoy a dirty martini. Then – last year at one of my favorite local restaurants someone ordered the warm olives. Served with incredible olive oil, pearl onions and marconas. I now really enjoy a few smashed warm olives dripping in oil.

  43. Rach says...

    I can’t do
    • shallots
    • onion
    • garlic
    • chives

    But only when I can see them. For instance if garlic is crushed and cooked in a meal, I’m fine.

    But if I can see it, I’ll pick them out and have them on a pile on the side of my plate at the end of the meal.

    Drove my mother nuts at home. And my family will always exchange a meal with me if there are any of those things in my meal when we’re out – I don’t think they can put up with my sad face 😝

    • L says...

      This is me!! And my pile of unwanted garlic!!

  44. Daniah Din says...

    Almond extract. So random but if a dessert has it in it I can tell right away and won’t take another bite.

    • Allison says...

      Almond extract.
      Star anise.
      Fennel.
      Just no.

    • Rachel says...

      Same. Almond extract ruins perfectly good desserts!

  45. Colleen says...

    Bananas or anything that contains banana, Brussel Sprouts, Onion, Turnip, Sweet Potato or Yams, Olives and anything that lives underwater with the exception of Halibut…really picky I know!

  46. swot says...

    I HATE GARLIC! It makes me nauseous, and it’s in everything! Also onions and shallots but garlic is by far the worst.

    • Emily says...

      SAME! It makes me physically ill.

  47. Libby says...

    Goat cheese. It tastes exactly the way goats smell. Growing up I lived about a mile as the crow flies from a farm with goats and they had the stinkiest billy goat there named Smooth Bananas and when the wind blew right we could smell him all the way from our house. I think all goat cheese tastes like he smells on his stinkiest days. I just can’t do it.

    • Jess says...

      Smooth Bananas!!

    • Anna says...

      Libby, I’m dying! So funny…Smooth Bananas???? Hahaha

    • Laura says...

      LOL!!!

    • Katie says...

      Bahahah this comment is awesome, I’m dying smooth bananans

    • Sandra says...

      From now on I will think about Smooth Bananas when I see goat cheese. I cannot stop giggling.

    • Roxana says...

      LOL! “Smooth Bananas.” This is hilarious. My husband also hates goat cheese because they had goats for a few years while he was growing. He swears that goat cheese smells like their big male goat named Buck smelled. Any time I smear goat cheese all over everything my husband looks at me in disgust and says “Buck in rut.” Buck used to pee on his own face. Hahaha! So gross.

      However, I grew-up in the suburbs of Chicago and don’t care to know how a horny male goat smells, as it would ruin my love of goat cheese.

    • Jess says...

      I’m also here to admire the name Smooth Bananas (plural lol??)

    • Molly says...

      Step one: adopt a pandemic goat.
      Step two: name him Smooth Bananas.

      ps: I detest truffle oil anything (I’ve heard a real, fresh, shaved truffle is sublime and I believe it, but I’ve never had one), also will tolerate but do not love pine nuts (is it possible 90% of them in grocery stores are halfway rancid?), quinoa (ew, those little curly tails), and ketchup on anything but a hotdog, burger, or fries (ketchup and eggs….like, WHY?!?)

  48. Heather says...

    Cooked mushrooms! It’s the texture, not the flavor ( I love them raw) – I can’t stand how they’re slimy!

    • Elisabeth says...

      Me too! Sometimes they’re okay, but I hate, hate them cooked. I try so hard not to pass this aversion to my kids!!

    • Annelies says...

      I have the same thing! For me it’s a texture thing as well, not the taste. I LOVE steak with mushroom sauce, I just don’t eat the mushrooms. I once read an article that explained that (not) liking a food isn’t only about taste, but also about texture, smell, appearance, … So I’ve often met people who don’t like the same things as I do because they have the same texture. My motto is “if it jumps around in my mouth, I don’t like it”. (i.e. mushrooms, mussles, squid etc.)
      That being said, my husband and little boys LOVE mushrooms with a passion, so I often cook with them. According to my husband, I make the best sauteed mushrooms, even if I never taste them :)

  49. Anna says...

    Eggs. It is a texture thing…has been my entire life. Not wild about custard or flan, either. Again, the texture. Weird!

    • Eloise says...

      SAME!!

  50. Allison says...

    Cauliflower in any form but except very roasted and even then it’s not something I ever choose to cook. I also dislike raw celery unless in teeny weeny bits to avoid any strings.

    • Allison says...

      Texture-wise I can’t stand the bones in canned salmon or, the one time I tried it in a restaurant, tongue.

    • Allison says...

      Do artificial banana and cherry flavourings count as food even? Whatever, I loathe both those (though I like actual bananas and cherries). Fake cherry will forever remind me of the cough syrups of my 1980s childhood. Yuck!

  51. Since I was a child I have hated peas, especially canned peas. I always had to eat my vegetables so l always swallowed the peas whole, lol. At the age of 65, I have learned to tolerate them if they are mixed in rice or chicken pot pie. Never on their own.

    • Sarah says...

      SAME! I used to always pick the canned peas to donate to the food bank (not very benevolent of me, alas.) It would be my job to help my mom put away groceries, and for several weeks I hid the canned peas in the cupboard above the fridge-the one nobody uses, and when my mom discovered the stash of cans, I was in big trouble! Peas for dinner foreeeever!

  52. Lisa says...

    Rosemary! Can’t stand it. Even in stuffing which makes thanksgiving a bit sad. Also fake crab meat. My husband eats it as a snack and I can’t even be in the same room, though gives me a good excuse to sneak off and watch K-dramas in peace :D

    • Laura says...

      Similar to people with an aversion to cilantro, apparently some people have a weird sensitivity to something in papaya that makes it taste like vomit/feet. I thought maybe I was crazy to have such a strong aversion to it, but I guess I have that weird gene.

  53. Lucy says...

    Maybe I’ve just never had a good one, but I don’t like papaya. When eating fruit salad I always think it’s going to be a chunk of mango and then… disappointment.

    • E says...

      Agree! The flavor reminds me exactly of the bubble gum medicine I took as a kid (amoxicillin)

    • Pamela says...

      I felt the same way until I tried papaya drenched in lemon. Omg, it’s like a diff fruit!

    • A says...

      Papaya tastes like vomit to me. No thank you.

    • Nicole says...

      I have to hold my breath if I eat it.

    • Sally says...

      Haha! Agree re: Papaya

      E below mentioned it tasting like bubblegum medicine, and that’s bang on! I couldn’t think for ages what it reminded me of, but my dentist used to use this bubblegum flavoured numbing gel, before giving injections… THAT’S the flavour of payaya!

  54. Meg O says...

    Omelettes, quiche and scrambled eggs. Love the theory, really dislike the flavours. Love eggs, just not in those forms!!

  55. Allie says...

    Ketchup! I even have a slight fear of it because my brother used to hide it in my food as child.

  56. Hannah says...

    I used to be this way with olives! I wanted to like them SO BADLY but I would cry and almost get sick trying to eat them!

    I was finally able to develop a taste for them once I became a barista! Having to train my bitter and salt palate for dialing espresso made olives more approachable. It took years, but I can finally eat them!

  57. M says...

    Ok I have a list but I consider myself pretty open to a lot of foods and genres:

    -Scallops (rubbery texture)
    – MAYONNAISE (omg the mere concept…shudder). Although I can be tricked into enjoying an “aioli” on a sandwich if I didn’t prepare it…I know. I make no sense. But aiolis have other ingredients and flavors! But it has to be labeled as such, otherwise, 86 THE MAYO, PLEASE.
    – Ketchup
    – broccoli (Garbage scent and taste. and oh my gosh, when it is roasting in the oven I want to perish)
    – Brussels sprouts (also garbage no matter the elaborate preparation to disguise garbage taste/smell)
    -Lamb meat
    – shredded coconut – esp in baked goods
    – ruining said baked goods with nuts and dried fruits
    – Lemon bars

    • Anna says...

      I share your mayonnaise aversion. No thanks!

    • Genevieve Martin says...

      “I want to perish” hahaha :)

  58. J says...

    Alcohol, coffee, shredded coconut, anything black licorice-y (star anise, fennel, etc).

    The only alcohol I’ve tried is a few sips of beer & wine, but they smell so much better than they taste. I’d much rather eat my calories anyway!

    • Daniah Din says...

      Oooh yes black licorice is the worst

  59. Lorena says...

    Celery! Especially when it is raw. I usually love food that crunches, but something about the flavour and stringy bits make me cringe. If there was a restaurant called “No Celery Here!” I would be a devoted customer.

  60. SarahN says...

    How long you got? Broccoli, peas, zuchini sometimes. Hate coriander but seem to be ok with a sprinkle… disliked corn until recently. Tomatoes sometimes irriate my mouth.

    Can’t stand rockmelon. Nor pawpaw (papaya).

    Meat with gristle or fat, or a bone I have to fight with. Tendons – yuck. Don’t like sausages much – that pressure of meat on that questionable skin – but I end up eating them.

    But so long as I largely keep these thoughts to myself, I’m seen as a non-picky eater to others!

  61. Meg says...

    Beets. Cooked carrots. Sweet root vegetables. Gag reflex

  62. Taylor says...

    So funny. My husband will eat anything… except olives! I never knew so many people had the same aversion. I happen to love olives but hate cheese, sour cream and cow’s milk. Some sort of weird dairy aversion?? I do love ice cream though and can handle mozzarella on pizza.

  63. Kara says...

    Coconut flakes. I like coconut milk in recipes so I’m fairly certain it’s a texture thing. So many otherwise good desserts ruined by coconut …

  64. Sarah says...

    Tuna fish. The canned stuff. Shudder. I was into my 30’s before I could be at the same table as someone eating a tuna fish sandwich.

    • judy says...

      Me too, Canned tuna=cat food. Cannot be near it due to the smell. Please do not eat this on an airplane- it’s revolting.

    • Courtney says...

      My mom gave me bad tuna salad in my lunchbox in 2nd grade and I haven’t eaten it since!

  65. Hannah says...

    Black Licorice and celery for sure! But I do enjoy fennel, which took me awhile to come around to. Other than that I will try anything, I don’t consider myself a picky eater.

  66. Katie says...

    Mush. Rooms.
    I will eat them but I don’t understand the appeal. At all.

    • Kate says...

      Me too. I’ll eat em but I hate em! And while I am eating them I think if you like them you actually have no taste buds.

  67. Diana says...

    My list is short: malt balls. So gross. Such a waste of sugar.

    • Rebekah says...

      DITTO. I can’t think of a single thing except for malt balls. Bleh.

    • Abbie says...

      Hahaha. ME TOO!

    • Laura says...

      So gross! My son loves Whoppers and I find it so confusing.

    • Abigail Turman says...

      Yes. What is with this form of candy??

  68. Rhonda says...

    This is my EXACT OLIVE STORY. 🤢

  69. Anne says...

    I hated olives too until I had daily spritzes in Venice with my fellow Guggenheim interns. At first I barely stomached the drink but the daily exposure and the added drunkenness eventually found me eating the olives at the bottom. I still can’t stand black olives but adore the green variety thanks to boozy evenings in the campo!

    • I was a really picky eater as a kid but will now mostly eat anything except for oysters. Also don’t like bacon. Weird, I know

    • Lindsey says...

      Fellow Guggie here from summer ‘09! What I wouldn’t give for a spritz (or 7) and pizza al volo in campo right now — cin cin, bella xx

  70. Bananas are evil! I can’t stand the smell of them and even thinking about them makes me gag. My youngest sister has been known to chase me around with an unpeeled banana at times, that’s how much I can’t stand them.

  71. Raw onions. Every time. I can’t even smell them without a little nausea. My husband has graciously disavowed them too; true love, though I could also probably try to overcome my aversion :)

  72. Lori H says...

    I have always disliked mushrooms – taste like dirt and the flabby texture is gross :)

  73. Blythe says...

    Turnip!
    Gingerbread!
    … and anything flavoured with caraway seeds – yuck.

  74. Karen says...

    Mayonnaise … absolutely revoting. And I’m married to mayo lover. I used to hate olives, but I’ve grown to appreciate them. Oh and marzipan … yuck. And truffle butter or oil … gross.

  75. Jenn P says...

    My hard passes: Peas. Eggplant, except in baba ganoush form. Walnuts, pecans, peanuts, cashews. Cooked carrots. Avocado (and I live in LA – I know, I’m the devil).

  76. AJ says...

    Not keen on small dried fruits, sultanas and stuff, like in muesli or fruit cake. They ruin an otherwise nice thing. Though a juicy raisin in a panettone, I’ve learnt to appreciate.

    I grew up thinking beetroot was gross, because my mother said it was gross so we never had it. Eventually as an adult I tried it, and thought well this is bloody lovely!

    I tried for years to like olives. Don’t think I even saw one or knew what they were until I’d left home and moved to the city. They just seemed so cool and sophisticated, which I wanted so badly to be, but it is an acquired taste. Every time, I’d wince with how horrible they tasted. Then one day, it happened. I ‘tried’ one, fully expecting the usual reaction of gag and spit – but I liked it! Really liked it. It was an utterly joyous moment. Now I adore them, can munch down a while tub at speed. Which is not remotely sophisticated, but still feels like a hard-earned win.

  77. Alyson says...

    I can get along with most fish, but am perturbed by shellfish in general. However, I get that county fair Tilt-a-Whirl gagging sensation if I so much as smell shrimp. I loathe the texture, the smell, the detritus that folks seem to so casually leave strewn across the table, and most assuredly the nightmarish concoction that congealed shrimp salad.

    Honey is a very close runner up due to the stickiness factor and that it never fails to have something of a diseased yard mulch aftertaste.

    • Lorraine says...

      ME TOO I don’t understand the appeal of shellfish. I hate the texture most of all, ugh especially the chewiness. And wtf is shrimp toast? Gross. And people get so excited about shellfish – I somehow wind up feeling like a weirdo for not sharing their enthusiasm.

  78. Catharine says...

    Unusual cuts of “meat” but it’s a mind over matter thing, I bet if I didn’t know what it was I would like it. Also insects. My husband had grasshopper tacos at a restaurant one time and same thing as strange cuts of meat. Couldn’t do it. Otherwise, I’m game!

  79. Laura says...

    Right now I hate ALL food!
    I have really bad “morning sickness,” aka all day sickness.
    Chocolate, cheese, avocados, good sourdough bread… even my favorite foods makes me want to puke.

    • Irina says...

      Laura, I feel you! It’s taken me several weeks to figure out what I can and can’t stomach right now – only to find that it keeps changing! Currently subsisting primarily on packaged sliced bread (multigrain, seeded), Nancy’s probiotic cottage cheese, fruit & yogurt smoothies, and boiled eggs with jammy yolks (my midwife says this is OK). All other foods, I just take it day by day to see what I can keep down, but mostly it’s pretty bland stuff, nothing pungent, fried, spicy, or excessively sweet.

    • Jules says...

      Same girl. I read the title of this article and was like well the comments here are where I belong right now. If it’s not a simple carb or ginger ale I can’t eat it!

  80. Betty says...

    Hi Jenny, I like you HATED olives most of my life. When I met my (French) husband he introduced me to anchovy stuffed olives .. I know .. it sounds even worse than plain olives – but they were MAGICAL. They changed my life. Maybe try the spanish olives? They seem milder. Also if you’re lucky to live in NYC Eataly has the most amazing olives in their restaurant. Those were the best olives we have ever had – anywhere! I have definitely had inedible olives… so there is a big argument for improperly prepared food!
    I will try anything but oysters and octopus are a no go for me!

    • Jenny Rosenstrach says...

      Next time I decide to brave it, I will try these. Thank you for understanding!

  81. Julie says...

    I didn’t like olives until I tried Sicilian green olives, mild, firm texture and a bit herbaceous. I love them and all olives now!

  82. Vanessa says...

    Caraway seeds, licorice, nuts in food (plain is okay), raw oysters!

    • Bethan says...

      Totally with you on the nuts in food! I love them by themselves but putting them in things (especially cake – why ruin cake?!) is not the one

  83. Laine says...

    I can’t handle cantaloupe or honeydews. The smell is revolting and even worse that makes the taste!

    • Andrea says...

      Interesting! I’m with you on honeydew but absolutely love cantaloupe.

    • Kristin says...

      Andrea, I am the same. Hate honeydew, love cantaloupe! I also hate kiwi and passionfruit, and I have a friend who LOVES passionfruit and is always giving me things made with it. Ugh.

  84. Bananas. And shredded coconut. Yuck.

  85. Meghan says...

    Capers and, also, olives. I feel like a should like them. Salty? Check. Briny? Check. Delicious? Not so much…

    Also Brussels sprouts. I know, I know. Sauté them in bacon fat, yeah, yeah, yeah. They’re just not for me. My aunt dislikes them to the point that, when they were younger, she and her best friend christened them poo-balls and continue to call them that to this day. I’m on Team Poo-Ball.

    • Emily says...

      My Nanette calls them “those green things” and when gifting me some of her serving dishes the first time I hosted thanksgiving in 2019 she told me to never use them “for those green things”. ❤️

  86. Maria says...

    Same!!!

  87. Megan says...

    Kale! I cannot stand kale.

  88. Alexandra says...

    I feel the same way! Cannot handle olives. I also hate mayo, even a dollop on a sandwich will have me retching.

  89. Sarah says...

    Going through the comments is so interesting.

    These foods are the ones I’m most shocked to see:

    – Chocolate (YOU MONSTER. Totally joking)
    – Spam (Nooooo. Have you tried it fried and in fried rice?)
    – Bacon
    – Brownies

  90. Madi says...

    I’ll eat pretty much anything (tripe, fermented foods, spicy foods…you name it) , but I hate citrus zest in baked goods. If banana bread has orange zest in it, count me out!

    Also, I think no one can be faulted for disliking out-of-season raw tomatoes, because they’re kind of objectively not very good. They’re just watery and grainy and blah!

  91. Michelle says...

    Mangoes. Too sweet. Too piney.

    • L says...

      Yes! I thought I was alone. Cantaloupe is similarly too sweet for me.

  92. emily says...

    Meringue, like on top of a pie. So gross…texture and taste. What is the point of it? What a way to ruin an otherwise yummy dessert.

  93. Mouse says...

    Okra. Only okra.

    • Jeannie says...

      Beets!

    • Amanda says...

      ew! okra.. I forgot about that one… I CAN NOT do that weird texture!

  94. Clare says...

    I have always hated pickles. I try them once a year, all different kinds, just in case.
    I love so many other briny foods — olives, tinned anchovies, raw oysters, pickled eggs. A mystery!

  95. Quyen says...

    Macaroni salad and spam. Gross!

  96. Megan Lec says...

    I’m vegetarian so over the years I’ve developed a philosophy that I’ll try anything if it’s vegetarian. I certainly have preferences (I would prefer to not have portobello mushrooms, raw celery, cilantro) but I’ll eat most anything even if they are in the mix!

    • Charlotte says...

      I agree on all of those! And unfortunately cilantro and celery are two of my husband’s favorite things.

  97. Kristin says...

    I agree about the olives! And also cannot eat anything with coriander in it!

  98. Quyen says...

    Marine biologist here! Catfish do not eat garbage, they eat small fish, crustaceans, insects and algae. Catfish are lowest in mercury and sodium and high in vitamins. Other bottom feeders include halibut, flounder, plaice, sole, eels, cod, haddock, bass, grouper, carp, bream (snapper). The garbage that is in the water is the fault of humans, not fish.

  99. Laura says...

    I think a LOT of people’s food aversions come from not having things prepared correctly- for example I hated eggplant as a child because the way my mom cooked it made it seem slimy, but then I learned to make it differently and love it now. When I met my husband he didn’t like a lot of vegetables and I realized it was because his family had eaten mostly canned or frozen veggies- he just needed to try roasted broccoli and now he’s a convert. That being said, you can’t convince me that plain chickpeas aren’t bland!

    • Sarah says...

      I could see that!

    • jane says...

      how do you make your eggplant? I only know how to do baba ganoush or eggplant parm and would love another recipe!

    • Jenny Rosenstrach says...

      I think this is VERY true. And it’s a good point about the roasted broccoli, which will make a broccoli lover out of anyone!

    • NH says...

      I agree heartily with this assessment. My mom went through a scallops phase and had no idea how to cook them. I approach all scallops with a skeptics eye. I have had them approach good but I am still not a fan.

  100. I don’t like meat so I’m vegetarian, but other than that it’s just parsnips! I have always hated them. Not a huge fan of grapefruit either.

    • Ari says...

      SAME! F- parsnips.

    • Toni says...

      F Parsnips might be the greatest CoJ comment of all time.

  101. Lynn says...

    Lima beans. They taste like mush. My mother used to make me sit at the table to clean my plate, and I would put the limas in my pants and flush them down the toilet!

    • Andrea Coffelt says...

      OMG Lynn I’m dying!!!! Wished I’d thought to do that when my mom made me eat beets and Brussel sprouts! You were genius!!!!

    • Franny says...

      Hahaha – so smart!

    • Sarah F. says...

      Lynn, my fellow Lima bean hater! I sat at the table for at least two hours as a child because of those hateful legumes. My grandfather made it more memorable by promising me a story to while away the tedious time only to begin, “Once upon a time, there was a girl who wouldn’t eat her beans…” I did not try them again till in my mid-twenties and they exactly as i had remembered them. Just as bland and unpalatable. I wish I had had your genius as a child! Think of all the time I could have saved…

  102. Louise says...

    I really don’t like cucumber, though if I must I’ll take tiny bites and get through it in a salad. I can’t do egg & tuna salads, they smell like vomit to me! Otherwise I didn’t used to like a lot of veggies- aubergine, courgette, peas, green beans, mushrooms, tomatoes – but when I was vegetarian for five years I quickly learned to like them!

    • Toni says...

      Down with cucumbers! The only things they should be used for are eye covers at the spa.

  103. Erin says...

    Bleu cheese and fresh papaya both have something in their flavor that reminds me of vomit. I’ve never liked sweet and sour sauce or French dressing. I dislike black licorice and licorice tea, but fennel and anise don’t bother me (they don’t have the same icky sweet aftertaste). Tarragon can make me a little queasy if there’s too much of it- it reminds me of licorice. I only like ketchup on fries or mixed with other condiments on a burger but keep it far away from my eggs and hot dogs. I was horrified to learn that Brits make a dish called “eggy bread” which is French toast, but then put ketchup on top, haha!

    Oh, and durian fruit! Barf. I can’t understand how anyone could love it. It literally tastes like ripe banana/onion/garlic/cheese/sulfur all combined and smells just like natural gas!

    • Haha I’m English and yes this is how I grew up eating ‘French toast’ but called eggy bread – with ketchup. Yum yum. I like Marmite on my English muffins too

    • jj says...

      papaya = vomit for sure (not a big fan of bleu cheese either but sometimes it’s less barfy to me)

    • Genevieve Martin says...

      haha, isn’t American “French toast” covered in sugar though? Eggy bread defo isn’t!!

  104. Kelli says...

    Potato salad! I can’t even handle the smell. Don’t ever entrust me with top secret information. All anyone would have to do is try to get me to eat potato salad and I’d tell everything.

  105. Alyssa says...

    I love cooking, and I love most foods. Try as I might, I cannot stand mushrooms. I want to like them. I try all sorts of recipes with them. Just can’t make my taste buds cooperate. Sigh.

  106. Kelly says...

    Can’t do cottage cheese except when I’ve been pregnant, then I craved it ans ate it every day – weird! Can’t do cilantro, goat cheese or any very strong cheese. Don’t really like the taste of lamb either. Haven’t seen a dessert I don’t like though! LOL

  107. Jen says...

    I eat EVERYTHING.

    • Jenny Rosenstrach says...

      Hahahaha

    • sookiestackhouse says...

      Halleluja, sister. I eat everything and I expect my kids to eat everything, too. At least to try everything! And I’ve found that even foods I thought I disliked taste good if they’re cooked well.

    • Vanessa says...

      Same! These comments have been fascinating to read. I’m scrolling down like “but I love peas! And olives! And beets!” haha

    • roos says...

      SAME. I’m scrolling through the comments looking for something I don’t like either but .. nothing. Mushrooms? Hell yeah! Oysters? Bring it on! There’s not one veggie or fish or stinky cheese that I don’t like. I suppose I don’t LOVE oranges the way a lot of people do; and on the spicy front I’m quite a wuss, but other than that, I’m.. I’m hungry to be frank.

  108. Grace says...

    Bananas and hamburgers (BLAH)

    In 2018, my new year’s resolution was to start liking a new food “each quarter.”
    Q1: avocados (check)
    Q2: raw tomatoes (for the most part. really prefer them in season though)
    Q3: mushrooms (check. but this took more like 2 years to get to).
    Q4: eggs. (still only like hard boiled or baked in a quiche. but hoping one day to like them scramled or in an omlet!)

    In 2020/21 I have really stepped up my game with fish. Surprisingly love raw fish (suddenly love sushi + poke!) but cooked fish really grosses me out. Am still trying though!

    It shocks my parents + sister that I’m willing to try pretty much anything these days but was SO PICKY when I was younger.

    • Megan Thomson says...

      This is so admirable Grace. I’d like to be more adventurous in this way.

    • Becky says...

      My mom is doing something similar but isn’t quite so ambitious – more like a food every decade. She says she is saving turnip for her nursing home days :)

    • Rosalie says...

      I love that you did this! It’s so cool. I used to hate cilantro (like many people, I thought it tasted like soap), but I got tired of not being able to eat all the delicious things that came with cilantro all over them, so I just made myself eat it until I liked it. Now I love it!

  109. Anka says...

    I can’t eat hot, spicy foods. They hurt. My reaction is physical, I get seriously runny nose and watery eyes. Not a nice picture in a restaurant. I tried to teach myself to tolerate more hot spices, but it’s been over 20 years and my tolerance grew just a bit. So I don’t think that I will ever be able to enjoy hot, spicy foods. And the funny thing is, I hate bland food. I like food that is rich in taste.

  110. M says...

    Olives here too! Basically one of the only foods I can’t stand. Every other food aversion I’ve outgrown, but so far olives are still the worse.

  111. Danielle says...

    Well this is fun! I can’t stand canned tuna, eggplant (it tastes like rubber erasers), Mayo and any kind of “salad” made with Mayo: egg, tuna, potato.

    Also ranch dressing. Why?! Why god.

    • Milla says...

      FULLY agree on ranch dressing and mayo. I have an aversion to any condiments I can’t see through… which is most. But like, what is hiding in there?? Just got “over” hummus and I’m proud of myself. :)

    • Andrea says...

      Yes to all of this. Oddly though, as much as I HATE ranch as a salad dressing, I absolutely LOVE it as a dip for fried zucchini. I can’t explain it.

    • Danielle says...

      I was never a huge hummus fan until recently and the U.K. supermarkets have So. Many. Flavours. I always try for something a bit new or with seeds to add a texture!

      And Andrea- what is it about fried zucchini that makes everything better? I could eat that for every meal and be happy- I’d even try ranch!

  112. Noelle says...

    I was a SUPER picky eater as a kid, but I also had a lot of shame around it that led me to try a lot of new things once I went to college. One thing I really disliked for the longest time was ground beef ANYTHING – I’d drown pasta sauce and tacos in cheese to try to mask it. I still can’t fathom why anyone finds meat loaf appealing.

    That being said, the one thing I really straight up won’t eat is olives. Blech. And black licorice.

  113. Lindsay says...

    Corn! If it doesn’t fully digest, why would I eat it?

    • ali says...

      Did you chew it 4o times? them’s the rulez lol

  114. Colleen S says...

    Onions and eggs. I hate the smell and taste of both. I can handle eggs in fried rice, but I won’t eat them in anything else. Onions are just an all over thing. If I see them or taste them, I won’t touch the food. Onion powder is the only way I’ll eat them.

  115. Claire says...

    Catfish. First of all, google it, they are horrendous creatures. Also they taste like what they eat: garbage on the bottom of the water.

  116. EBeth says...

    I’m so impressed with all the commenters that only have 1 or 2 things they detest – the foods I won’t touch are legion: olives; raisins (cooked in food, raw is fine); peas; black licorice; kale and other “strong” greens; artificial sweeteners in anything really; margarine; spam; dill pickles – especially those big pickle spears (why are they automatically put on or beside burgers and sandwiches – why??); pinto and navy beans; and unflavored milk!

    • EBeth says...

      Forgot to add – blue cheese!

  117. Christine says...

    okra
    sushi
    goat cheese
    organ meats
    jelly doughnuts (or any food that has something in it that squirts out when you bite into it — eww).

    I love olives!!

    • Erin D LaDue says...

      Okra is the only vegetable that I won’t eat. IT is horrible. And cilantro tastes like soap.

  118. Jill says...

    I love this!!! I never thought I was picky but when I made my list, I thought, omg I am sooo picky. Here it goes, I hate:
    eggs, ham, cilantro, lamb, salmon, fennel, cumin, eggplant, oysters, earl grey tea

  119. loren says...

    Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, raisins, canned vegetables, and any kind of squash come to mind.

  120. millie says...

    pea soup tastes (and looks) like vomit to me. i can’t do it. i try to be ok about mushrooms, but sometimes i’m like eww fungus and can’t. (and yet convince myself to eat blue cheese by pretending the blue stuff = herbs! so no logic.) i’m mostly vegetarian and red meat sometimes really disgusts me. i was once at a dinner where everyone was eating chilli w ground beef and i just felt like everyone was happily slurping dog food.

  121. Christine says...

    These comments are fascinating! I’m starting to think it’s weird that I *don’t* have any aversions. Sure, there are foods I like more than others, but absolutely nothing in the no-go category (truly!).

  122. Lane says...

    Raw tomatoes. Yuck!

  123. Tammy says...

    Olives are also my one true aversion. Jenny, so curious – do you just skip recipes that call for olives or do you have something you substitute with?

    I find my two daughters have opposite aversions, so if I make something for dinner that has one child dancing on the ceiling, the other one will inevitably declare that it’s inedible. This, along with fights about who has the f*#%ing purple cup, is the part of parenting that wears me down the most.

  124. Jay says...

    Tequila. I love the idea of an ice cold margarita on a hot day, and I consistently forget how much I hate tequila. I think it may be because it is not something that I consciously dislike, but rather something that my body and tastebuds have a visceral reaction to. All I know is, I buy it, I drink it, I immediately revoke it, and three months later I’ll buy it again. Vicious cycle.

    Oh, and bananas.

  125. Laura says...

    The only food I truly cannot abide is raw onions. It took me quite a while to come to this conclusion, because I unwittingly took on my dad’s own food preferences as a kid. He detests celery, onions, and green peas, and loves anything spicy. So, I too, decided that celery, onions, and peas must be disgusting, and I trained myself even as a small child to chow down on hot wings and anything doused in XXX spicy sauce. When I actually tried a stalk of celery that was buried in my bloody mary as an adult and realized what I’ve been missing, I decided I would do everything in my power not to yuck my child’s yum, and I make sure to let him try everything out there without projecting my own tastes!

  126. Mila says...

    Zucchini. Gross, watery. Same for standard green squash.
    And fennel seeds on everything bagels- why?!? Destroys it.

    Also rice. I can only eat on sushi. Rice in a bowl…. can’t even take a bite.

  127. Jenna says...

    Goat cheese! A pinhead amount kills me. Love strong cheese but NEVER GOAT.

  128. Eliot says...

    Oh, nothing brings people together quite like saying what we hate and I’m here for it.

    – cinnamon rolls (even the smell makes me gag. But I love cinnamon in other things, both sweet and savory!)
    – mayonnaise
    – raisins (golden raisins in savory foods can work sometimes – especially combined with olives because the sweet/briny combination is delicious – but red/dark raisins are atrocious)
    – raw white onion
    – fruit pie (textural issue but also dessert should be more fun than that)
    – chocolate and orange as a flavor combination

    Other than that, I’ll eat pretty much anything and tend to be a super adventurous eater. Have eaten all sorts of interesting foods around the world! Just don’t make me smell a cinnamon roll. *shudders*

    • Andrea says...

      OMG, strawberries or bananas are the only fruits that should be combined with chocolate IMO. Any other fruit with chocolate is an abomination. Particularly citrus. Blech.

  129. Phoebe says...

    I hated olives for my entire life and I recently had them and LOVED them. I’m pretty sure my taste buds changed after pregnancy permanently…honestly the strangest thing but I get this! Would be curious if this is the case with anyone else.

    • Kelly says...

      I didn’t particularly like bananas, pre-pregnancy, unless they were the perfect level of ripe (green stem, yellow body, no black spots). But weirdly I craved them during pregnancy and now after, while I don’t eat them as often as while I was pregnant, I’m still fine with them being actually ripe, black spots and all! So weird.

    • Pemberton says...

      I wouldn’t say my tastebuds changed, but my sense of smell absolutely did. I had that super strong sense of smell that’s so common during pregnancy and it never went away. When I was pregnant, things like garlic, Indian food and coffee that I normally enjoyed made me feel so gross and sick if I caught even a whiff of them. After my son was born, I went back to coffee pretty quickly (because hello, necessity!) but it took me YEARS to even think about eating Indian food again. He’s ten now and I still have a crazy strong sense of smell. I feel like a bloodhound.

    • Elizabeth says...

      My sense of smell and some food preferences also permanently changed after pregnancy. I used to be able to eat anything. Now, I can’t stand most strong cheeses, especially goat! I live in France and my in-laws refrigerator is like a torture box that lives in the kitchen, ready to gas me any time someone opens the door.

      I also became really sensitive to garlic. I can eat a little, but usually don’t. I can smell garlic wafting off people walking down the street. On the train, forget it! I’m going to have to change seats.

  130. Maria says...

    Celery! and any cut up veggies that were next to celery on the tray. I swear even the smell of celery on those veggies has a “taste” to me. I can detect the smallest amount of celery in off the shelf chicken broth or vegetable juices.

    • Claire says...

      My sister calls celery “nature’s mistake.”

  131. Michaela says...

    I used to be such a picky eater even up through early adulthood, mostly sticking to a handful of “okay” foods like chicken breast and broccoli and spinach. I’d consider myself a pretty adventurous eater now, and I’m not entirely sure what caused the shift—I think learning to cook had a lot to do with it. Even now though, I simply can’t get myself to enjoy green bell peppers and cantaloupe/honeydew. They just taste…wrong.

  132. Claire says...

    Canned Tuna
    Rye Bread
    Papaya

    • Elle says...

      Papaya tastes like vomit! Why can’t I get past that? Why? Not that I want to ask all that closely but it just

  133. Shelby G. says...

    Tomatoes! My taste buds have evolved tons over the years but tomatoes are the one thing that still lingers. I can handle them in sauce form, like a delicious marinara, just not chunky sauce, chopped in salads, or sliced on sandwiches. Like Joanna’s olives- tomatoes at peak season, with beautiful heirloom options, look delightful. It’s a strange thing I really can’t explain. They are, however, my mother’s favorite food!

  134. Lori says...

    Mushrooms, Olives and all fish/seafood. Ew!

  135. SUSAN MILLS says...

    Ketchup. I don’t even like having a bottle of it in my fridge!

  136. BB says...

    PEARL COUSCOUS!

  137. Claire says...

    I like olives quite a bit, but this reminds me of one of my all time favorite twitter comments, on a thread about controversial food opinions. A woman wrote that she hated olives, that they were not really food, and she called them “pickled knots of tree anger”.
    Such a poetic description of olive hatred! I just loved her for it. Wouldn’t the internet be a better place if we could all wax poetic about our opinions and picadillos?

    Also I do not like licorice at all.

  138. KWarren says...

    Licorice and mango

  139. Laura says...

    Mushrooms, tofu, octopus, and anything else that can be described as squeaky. Yuck.

    • Ashley says...

      😂😂

    • Angela says...

      Cheese curds? Say it ain’t so!

  140. Emily says...

    OLIVES bleh, nope. I once heard them described as tasting like ocean backwash… and even though I’ll occasionally try them again, just to see, I always end up hating that rubbery ocean spit.

  141. Breanna says...

    Cantaloupe. What’s the point of it!

    • jj says...

      Same! It looks so beautiful, too, especially cut up on breakfast/brunch fruit trays. And then I take a bit and I swear it tastes like wet clay.

      I hate all melons. Watermelon is ok but I still don’t like it.

  142. Beetroot…(think you say beets in the US?) though I have eaten baby ones, roasted with loads of garlic to disguise the taste and covered in feta.

  143. Lia says...

    I absolutely despise celery, bananas, raisins, cheese, pineapples, and *gasp* eggs. I’ve gotten so many surprised reactions for that last one, but I really just can’t stand them. Like so many other people here, I’ve tried them over and over again, but nope.

    • Amy says...

      I love how what you hate is the backbone of my diet bwah ha ha

  144. Col says...

    Black licorice and blue cheese. Just no.

  145. Jessie says...

    White pepper! Oof, to me it tastes like a petting zoo smells!

    • Olivia Berkus says...

      SO TRUE! It’s rancid

  146. Amy says...

    I am with you on olives! The texture bothers me rather than the taste. Feels like chewing a rubber-band and they “squeak” on my teeth. Shudder.

  147. Liz C says...

    I’m suddenly appalled by chicken! I’ve also had trouble handling raw chicken since I started cooking….it’s slimy and just disgusting. My daughter wanted tacos last night and I wanted nothing to do with the beef. I had black bean tacos instead. Is it possible my taste buds are changing and I’m turning into a vegetarian?!

    • Midge says...

      After I had kids I could barely handle meat anymore. Fifteen years later I’ll still eat hamburgers or teensy pieces of chicken in a salad that someone else prepared but it can’t look like a hunk of meat and I can’t think too much about it.

  148. Brett says...

    Beans. All of them except green beans. Don’t even like them on your plate.

  149. Melanie Bell says...

    Mushrooooooooms. I just don’t understand!

    I used to not like olives, but I thought that people always looked glamorous in movies having a jar of olives for dinner, so I basically taught myself to like them. I told my dad my rationale once and he seemed less than impressed. Oh well! I find them soooo yummy now. Not all of them. But most.

    Also – I just want to say that every week I have this realization: “Oh! It’s Wednesday!” when I see posts from Jenny. Her column seems to be one of the most meaningful milestones of my week haha!

  150. Irina says...

    I’m a vegetarian, and other than meat or fish I eat almost everything (and I used to really enjoy meat and fish before giving them up). However, there is one food I won’t touch, having tried it once. It’s natto. Also not a fan of black licorice although it’s something I’m open to trying again every few years to see if my taste buds have changed. And, I do pick up a whiff of vomit in papaya, if I think about it, but usually it doesn’t bother me too much.