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?

P.S. Trader Joe’s meal hacks, and “why I never feel alone when I cook.”

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  1. Sam says...

    Has ANYONE mentioned Hershey’s kisses yet?! They. Taste. Like. Vomit. I caaaan’t.

    • Julie says...

      Are you from somewhere other than the USA? All American milk chocolate (but especially plain Hersheys) has a strong note of vomit for me!!! Its inedible.

    • Nicky says...

      Yes!!! I don’t care for milk chocolate all but Hershey’s, especially kisses, are the WORST. They absolutely taste like vomit to me.

    • Kate says...

      I had some the other day and thought they tasted like literal feces. I was like, how did I enjoy these as a kid??

  2. Ani says...

    I absolutely cannot stomach mayonnaise, raw bananas (although I have no problem baking them or tossing frozen pieces in smoothies, go figure), black licorice, kidney beans, cantaloupe, or strawberry ice cream! Hard pass on all of the above.

  3. K says...

    Sunflower seeds! Tastes and smells like pleather car seats and gives me a headache.

    I will say, a lot of these I used to hate, I was a really picky eater. But I kept trying them until my mind changed. It wasn’t on purpose, more like masochistic? Also I’m super impressionable, so if a character raved about something in a TV show or book, I would want to like it too.

    Like I would put it in my mouth and be like jeez that’s so strong/what a weird texture, why would anyone like: raw onions, raw carrots, raw celery, olives, eggplant, avocados, coconut, coconut water, arugula, oysters, sweet potato, licorice, fennel, sweet peppers, raisins, raisin bran, sardines, mayo, peas…love them all now..now I live for the complicated and hard to like…

  4. adrianna says...

    well number one isn’t necessarily a food, but ICED TEA! so disgusting; its what i imagine urine tastes like. and i HATE raisins and cantaloupe. ground meat sleeves me out, too. this post is so entertaining :)

  5. Minke says...

    Foods like lasagna and chilli that include loose meat. Though actually even reconstituted loose meat (meatloaf, meatballs) grosses me out.

  6. Hayley B says...

    When it comes to food likes and dislikes, I have very mixed and strong feelings about:

    1. Eggs — I despise them hard-, soft- and half-boiled, and basically anything where the yolks are intentionally left runny. Like I can do omelettes, even scrambled or sunny side up eggs, but ONLY if the yolks are thoroughly cooked and firm. I HATE cutting into eggs and having the yolks bleed on and through everything else on my plate. I instantly lose my appetite whenever that happens. So gross!!! Poached eggs (and eggs Benedict) are out for that same reason.

    2. Chocolate — I don’t like eating bars of chocolate, whether they’re the artisanal 70% to 90% dark chocolate type, or in candy bar form like Mars Bars and their ilk. The former is too bitter and the latter just too cloyingly sweet. I hate milk chocolate even more! I DO however love chocolate in every other form imaginable — chocolate tart, cake, ice cream, mud pies, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, soufflés, chocolate-coated nuts, you name it. I had a colleague who was the exact opposite of me and would only eat chocolate in the form of bars and nothing else. Such is the rich tapestry of life!

    3. Seafood — I hate shellfish (cockles, clams, and especially raw oysters make me wanna hurl) but will eat crab once in a long while, and only if cooked in a sweet and sour sauce. I can do scallops in garlic oil, but not abalone, which just tastes rubbery and vile no matter how it’s cooked. Same goes for jellyfish and squid. I do like fish (I love codfish, sea bass, dory), in particular sashimi — salmon, tuna, whitefish, etc — but certain types put me off, like catfish. I still don’t understand why anyone would wanna eat a species of fish that famously eats mud and dirt in river beds, and definitely tastes like mud! Also, I won’t go for any type of fish that’s disproportionately bony — it’s no fun at all to take a mouthful only to be painfully stabbed in the roof of your mouth or gums with a thin but stubborn piece of fish bone.

    4. Corn — I realize this is going to be controversial but I thoroughly dislike corn. Grilled ears of corn, steamed corn kernels, frozen corn, even popcorn (doesn’t matter what flavour) are all verboten to me. I know corn syrup is in almost everything but if i can see the actual corn kernel, I’m out. The only acceptable form of corn to me is corn muffins, the best of which was the one I had in Universal Studios LA, along with the best damn ribs I’d ever had, in what feels like a lifetime ago.

    5. Veg — I hate okra for the slimy aftertaste, bitter gourd, celery and a particular type of lettuce (the name escapes me now) because of the unbearable bitterness. I do however love eggplant, kai lan and most leafy greens, long beans, French beans, tomatoes and asparagus. Arugula is acceptable but it must be mixed with other types of greens in a salad as it is just too bitter to be eaten on its own/in large portions. It took me a long time to build up a list of veg I’d actually go for having grown up veggie-averse, but after realizing that was really coz I’d only been exposed as a child to a tiny sliver of what was available out there — I only had eggplant for the first time in my life as an adult! — because of my mother’s own limited palette reflected in her cooking, I decided to try as many types of veg as possible. If I came across something I really didn’t like I decided I wouldn’t force myself to like it (like my parents tried to do with me as a kid), I’d just move on to the next thing, and I like to think this strategy removed a lot of the misery usually associated with the battle of wills around food. Luckily I’ve been blessed with a very patient (and long suffering, ha) husband who accommodates and remembers my food likes and dislikes, as he himself is very open to anything when it comes to food.

  7. Amy G says...

    Peas (like the frozen variety), pumpkin, mashed potato. Anything mashed, except avocado.
    It’s a textural thing on all counts. But I’m good with pumpkin soup, and with pea and ham soup. Somehow the silky creaminess of a pumpkin soup makes pumpkin delicious, and same with the dried peas in pea and ham soup. But otherwise, I’m that person who will pick peas out of everything and flat out refuse to eat pumpkin in any form other than soup. And even as a small child I wouldn’t eat anything mashed. Once I could properly chew, that was the end of mash. I have clear memories of refusing mashed potato and pumpkin at three or four years old!
    My brother has the best food aversion though. He’s scared of jelly. It’s not even a dislike, it’s a fear. At nearly 30 years old and over 6 feet tall, he will leave the room if there’s jelly!

  8. Alix says...

    Cooked mushrooms. They have a weird texture and they smell disgusting. The thought of like a mushroom soup makes me gag.
    BUT i will eat them raw and cut up in a salad.

    • alison says...

      I enjoy cooked mushrooms, but despise raw ones. They taste like dirt.

  9. Tricia says...

    I also detest olives. I even went to an olive grove in Italy and thought eating one fresh off the tree would be good. Nope, cannot eat olives. I also cannot stand beer. In the 70’s, I went to Holland and back then getting ice in your drink was very rare so my drinks were never cold enough for me. It was unusually hot so I thought I’ll get a beer even though I don’t drink it. I just thought it would be very cold. Luke warm just like every drink I had in Holland. Nope, cannot drink beer. Fish of any kind – nope cannot eat fish. I pretty much eat everything else.

  10. Julia says...

    To me, Pork tastes like body odour. Like someone’s stench. Like dirty. I want to like it, it looks delicious! But if I try to give it another chance, even in restaurants, I literally have to spit it out.

  11. Sue says...

    Eggs of any kind, quiche, French toast with that eggy edge, sometimes I can get through those little scrambles in Chinese food, but try to discretely shove them to the side. Also caraway seeds, no way!!

  12. Kat says...

    I keep trying to like all of these so that I can feel like a “real grown up”, but these haven’t clicked for me yet:
    – pickles, especially dill pickles – sooooooo stinky and wet
    – bleu cheese – it’s mold and it tastes like it and I just can’t
    – Beets – just pure awful taste of dirt
    – Anise/licorice/fennel – too strong
    – Uni (sea urchin) – taste and texture activate my gag reflex every time.
    – olives – the motor oil comment from earlier completely nailed what I’ve been trying to articulate for years
    – Belgian wheat beers – the smell alone is a migraine-inducer
    – baby carrots – like beets but weirdly sugary
    – bourbon/scotch/whiskey – activates gag reflex most likely because of overdoing it as a teen

  13. Tee says...

    I absolutely despise cucumbers while my husband loves them. I’m so adverse that if anything that a cucumber touches I will not eat. For me, there is no going back from a cucumber in a salad or sandwich- once touched, it’s ruined. My adversion is so strong that if my husband cuts his cucumber with a knife and uses the same knife to cut on other item- I can taste the cucumber juice on that item and I hate it. Am I really the only one?

    • Em says...

      I can completely understand. That’s 100% how I feel about celery. But also I dislike cucumbers strongly too.

    • Elana says...

      I have the exact same level of aversion to cucumbers. People always say they taste like nothing, like water. Well, not to me…. Solidarity!

    • Alice says...

      I completely feel your pain, cucumbers taste SO disgusting. I once read that it’s a genetic thing, so I don’t even feel bad about it any more.

  14. Debbie says...

    Raw Tomatoes. I’ll eat them in cooked salsa, pasta dishes, tomato soup, ketchup…just not slimy raw tomatoes. They’re awful! and they’re everywhere! I grew them for my kids hoping not to pass along my dislike, 2 out of 3 will eat them so I consider that a success. just Yuck.

    • Jessica says...

      Blech ditto! Raw= gross. But any other way? Divine

    • janine says...

      I agree with this 100%%%%%!!!!!!

  15. Madeline says...

    Jellies, jams, fruity syrups—those are the absolute worst for me. I could be presented with the most perfect brownie a la mode and even a slight drizzle of fruit sauce ruins it. Also detest papaya, raisins and eggs. Barf!

  16. Anna says...

    Mine is… CHEESE. I specifically don’t like melted cheese but I don’t eat cheese by itself because then it melts in my mouth. I really hated it as a kid but now I can eat small amounts of cheese on or in things. I hated all the typical kid foods growing up- grilled cheese, nachos, mac and cheese, quesadillas. I’m really not picky about anything else so it is weird.

  17. Kristen says...

    I don’t like olives either!

    The food I hate that always earns me weird looks is LASAGNA. (Apologies to my late Italian grandma!) Ricotta just makes me squeamish, and the slimy noodle slab?? I can’t do it.
    When I had my first baby I tried, as gently as possible, to request that kind meal-bringers please absolutely not, under any circumstance, make us a lasagna. (it didn’t work) (people love making freezer lasagna)

    • Claire says...

      What about lasagna bolognese? No ricotta, just ragu, bechamel, and parmesan. Very different and delicious.

  18. Priscilla says...

    Good God do I hate celery. I’ve tried to like it so many times (keep trying it thinking I’ve outgrown my distaste) and I’m reminded each time I feel like hurling that I should just give up on it.

  19. Alice says...

    Rocket (or I guess arugula for you guys) is SO, SO, SO disgusting, I just can’t. I find the taste so overwhelming and disgusting, it ruins any other food it touches. Cucumbers and goats cheese also make me gag.

    It’s really annoying that hating these three things makes me look super picky, but they genuinely make me want to puke.

    • Elana says...

      Cucumber and goat’s cheese for me too!!! Plus melon of any kind. Hard no to all three.

  20. Veronica says...

    Lima beans, but I think it’s a cop out. I mean does anyone actually miss the time they were a part of the bagged frozen vegetable medley?

    • Laura Greenwood says...

      I can’t do a Kidney bean. Any other kind of bean is A-OK… but kidney? Can smell them a mile away. I hate them— and I’ll happily eat anything else. I CRAVE bean salads without kidney beans. There’s just something so troubling about them. Maybe I feel like I’m eating an actual kidney. Once in university I thought I’d attempt a small nibble but ended up throwing it across the room in a moment of panic. Pathetic!

  21. Traumatized Chinese girl says...

    This is going to be a very specific food aversion, but growing up in Asia my mum once tricked me into eating a dubious looking purple gelatinous-type cube by telling me it was jelly, which of course tasted just as nasty as i suspected/it looked. Turns out it was CONGEALED PORK BLOOD. Yes you heard that right, there is such a thing as congealed pork blood. In certain places like on Penang island, where I lived for 3 years, it’s actually served with curry noodles as one of the garnishing/toppings, although you can tell the food hawkers to omit them. I guess it’s considered a delicacy, but my first encounter with it as a 7-year-old it was just plain awful, no thanks to my mother’s heartless deception/betrayal of my trust.

    • Michelle says...

      My mother grew up in Iowa and was served a dish with pork blood once… she was deceived too, definitely still remembers it. Sounds like no matter where you are, serving pork blood to a young person is going to make an impression!! ;)

  22. KB says...

    I have a deep hatred of mayo. I absolutely can’t eat anything that contains even a drop of mayo. I have a problem with most creamy white foods honestly, unless they are sweet — mayo, ranch, sour cream, etc. All disgusting. And I also hate olives! Everyone’s dislikes are so interesting!

  23. Annie says...

    truffle flavored anything – truffle oil, truffle almonds, truffle chips…I really dislike truffles.

    • Hayley B says...

      I actually love the taste of truffle oil — drizzled on mushroom soup, on truffle fries, etc — but my stomach strongly disagrees with my palette and will make its displeasure forcibly known. I once went out to a lovely romantic dinner with my hubby where i had truffle oil in my soup and I ended up being horrendously sick after we got home. I’d never experienced anything like it before. Now I have to go easy on truffle-flavoured anything, more’s the pity.

  24. Bonnie says...

    Olives. They’re awful. If I accidentally eat one hidden in other food, I feel like I have a mouthful of motor oil, as that is what I imagine motor oil tastes like…olives. Not a big fan of grape leaves, either.
    My 7 year old loves sardines, but I’ve never been able to bring myself to try one due to the smell!

  25. Isabelle says...

    These comments are so fantastic and really making me laugh. For anyone who loves food and/or is a picky eater, I highly recommend the series The Sporkful podcast did on picky eating. The stories were so illuminating! I have never been very picky, but my husband has certain food aversions that drove me crazy for years (basically no kind of bean — which I love!) and my daughter is somewhat picky as well. For ages I would get so worried that she didn’t like certain foods. The episode of The Sporkful about kids and picky eating really helped me change my attitude on that.

  26. Emily says...

    I live near a Budweiser factory. Budweiser is made with rice and I SWEAR that when they brew the beer it smells like an old bowl of rice krispies that sat in the sink and got warm if that makes sense. My husband loves the smell of them brewing beer and to me I am always like “old Rice Krispies, GROSS!”

    • Sarah Johnston says...

      I despise eggplant. With a passion.

  27. Christine says...

    I am a chef and found these comments fascinating. I love when people ‘confess’ their food dislikes. I was reading along feeling rather smug as I truly love many things that were listed. But then…
    Green peppers-too bitter. I will only grow lovely Italian long red peppers in my garden, don’t care that I have to wait until September.
    Fresh fennel-weird texture and too strong, but fennel seeds are lovely
    Yogurt-I know everyone loves it and it is good for you, but I reminds me of spoiled dairy.
    Squid- bad memories from culinary school

  28. Raphaelle says...

    I want to love (or even like, or you know what, tolerate) olives and lamb but I can’t even get a bite down. I don’t eat ham, the pink slimy slices, it’s vile. And goat cheese, I don’t even want to like it. If another food has touched goat cheese for even a second, I will gag at the taste. Those are some of my husband’s favourite food, unfortunately, so we often cook different meals.

    • Ulla says...

      I’m the exact same with lamb and goat cheese! I’d love to be able to eat them, but they just taste inedible to me – like, not just bad, but like they’re unfit for consumption! Can’t help it!

  29. Mimi says...

    Bone marrow and kimchi. I really want to like kimchi but so far no go.

  30. Elle says...

    My husband hates mushrooms and I love them. Only when we first met he told me he was allergic to them. I didn’t eat them for years, and on the rare occasion I ate alone and cooked with them I was super careful about scalding and cleaning the knives and chopping boards. One evening after about five years of being married we were out for a meal with his parents and both ordered the steak. When it arrived it was covered in sauce which I soon realised had mushrooms in. I sprung up, almost knocking my chair over, put my arms over his plate and in true over dramatic movie style, screamed “don’t eat it…. mushrooms!!” much to his parents’ surprise. That’s when I realised his allergy was just a dislike. For a long time after that he got finely chopped up mushrooms in almost every meal I cooked!!

    • Isabelle says...

      This story is HILARIOUS!!

    • Amelia says...

      I laughed for a solid 5 minutes at this. That is hysterical!!!

  31. Jane M Diina says...

    RAISINS. WTF. why are they in granola and multi grain bagels and oatmeal cookies automatically? You sure know how to ruin a day. OLIVES. Same story. COCONUT. ANCHOVIES.

  32. AMK says...

    Papaya. It smells like vomit. Or the dirtiest baby diaper. No, thank you. Not even if it had all the lemon and Tajín.

    • AP says...

      Papaya is disgusting!!

    • Megan says...

      YES, agreed 100%! My mom LOVES papaya and I’m always like, really, you don’t think this smells exactly like throw/up?!

    • Sonia says...

      100,000% agreed. Papaya is VILE.

  33. Catherine says...

    I detest olives too!! I want to love them. They are beautiful, shiny, lovely colors and look beautiful in a small bowl on a cheese board. Plus, they are cool and can be both humble and sophisticated! Think olive on a cool pick in an icy martini glass. Olives, I have tried to love (or even like) you for years. Not happening!

  34. susie says...

    Fish. Any fish. If it swims, I’m not eating it. Literally EVERY fish eater swears that if I had *THIS* fish, prepared *THIS* way, I would love it. Nope. It all tastes fishy. And this nonsense of “good fish doesn’t taste fishy?”. So, we all agree that ‘fishy’ is bad then? I do believe I have an over-developed taste receptor for fishy, even a smidge of anchovy buried in a sauce, I can taste it. Also, the texture. Gag. I will try the rare shrimp, dipped in a ton of cocktail sauce, but after a few bites the texture gets to me.

    • Maria says...

      No fish or seafood for me too. I always say the only food from the sea for me is salt.
      Luckily my husband agrees.

  35. v says...

    OLIVES – I can taste you no matter where you try to hide.
    Cottage cheese – like eating a certain infection
    Hard boiled eggs – straight up sulfur
    Marzipan – WHY would you ruin a dessert

    …and I’m violating a cardinal rule in my house: “don’t yuck my yum.”

    • Kristiana says...

      “Cottage cheese – like eating a certain infection.”
      YES!!!!!!

    • Bonnie says...

      Yes–I forgot to put marzipan on my list! I sometimes want to like it, but it’s just so bad. And my mother in law sends bags of chocolate marzipan from Hungary. No one eats it…

  36. Chelsey says...

    I love food- except the big three:

    – ham ** I will eat crispy ham on a pizza I am not a monster
    – eggplant- NO THANK YOU
    – stew, boiled dinner, jiggs dinner etc. I am from Atlantic Canada and these boiled to shit meals make me gag- sorry mom I did not grow out it.

    • Laura Greenwood says...

      I am from Halifax and recently tried my first boiled dinner and deemed it on the list of top 5 fav meals (along with spaghetti and meatballs, oysters, and DQ ice cream cake!).

  37. Lesley Porcelli says...

    I am a food person too, Jenny, and for me, it’s marzipan. And I’m Italian-American. Definitely some childhood issues wrapped up in there!

    • Jesse says...

      Agreed, so gross. I’ll expand that to anything almond-flavored or made with almond extract or almond flavor. I like almonds, but once they’re processed into something else they become so cloying.

    • S says...

      Third! Bleh! But maybe I’ve never had any good stuff.

    • Sarah says...

      This is how I feel about caramel. Too cloying

  38. Ivy says...

    Marshmallows are my kryptonite. Everything about them – from their dry dusty feeling, vanilla sugar scented exterior to their exponentially expanding interior if one actually gets into my mouth. the very thought of them is troublesome.
    As a child I dreaded all candy centered events because of the inevitable marshmallow encounter.

  39. R says...

    Scallops! I can’t stand the look, smell, texture, taste–anything about them. And they are one of my husbands favorites. I made him eat take out scallops outside when I was pregnant because I gagged even thinking about them. We laugh because I am a much more adventurous eater and will literally eat anything else, and joke that to be a “real foodie” you have to like them. I kept trying but no dice. Finally, we went to French Laundry and I said if I take a bite and don’t like them here, then I can write them off forever. Done!

    • Jackie says...

      I tried to be an adult this week and try turnips again. What the heck?! So bitter! I feel like we shouldn’t be even putting them in the grocery store.

  40. Ash says...

    SCALLOPS.

    I don’t how people can get these down ,)

  41. Susan says...

    My husband is Greek and I want to enjoy olives but just cannot stand them, although I use EVOO every day. Every so often I do try them, to no avail. He knew this and still married me… true love! I also detest the taste of bananas, as do my mother and sister.

  42. Abbe says...

    I haven’t seen baby corn mentioned. UGH! Keep it away. Chinese food is great until you get to the baby corn and water chestnuts.

    It makes me physically shudder to taste peanut butter in a jam jar after someone has used the same knife to get both out of their jars.

    Canned spinach, bananas in a fruit salad, shredded coconut, like on a cupcake (why?). Papaya seems utterly flavorless and I’ve tried to like it many times. And someone mentioned applesauce. Yes: I cannot imagine spending money on this food.

    Any time I look at a menu with lots of interesting dishes and asparagus comes up, I’m amazed how everyone else is like, “Ooh, that looks good.” The only time I eat asparagus is at Easter to make my mom happy.

    • Lindsay says...

      Hahaha- you funny

  43. Tracy says...

    Yellow mustard, raisins, and cooked green bell peppers/onions (love raw onions and peppers but detest them once they’re cooked/slimy).

  44. Mariana says...

    Wait a minute: where is everybody who doesn’t like cheese? I am certain we are a whole nation, there should be a flag and a hymn called “deliver us from the stench of socks emanating from that platter”.

    • Singer says...

      YES! I also despise cheese (all of it – the smell, the taste, the texture…I just can’t stand it) and I KNOW there are others like us out there. It’s just very unkosher, so we’re socialized not to bring it up. Ugh!

    • Aga says...

      1 million % agree on the cheese. I have been told it is my greatest failing as a human being but, despite many genuine attempts at bat, it is just the worst. The smell! The flavour! The texture that coats the inside of your mouth so you can’t run away from the horrible flavour!

  45. Lauren says...

    I detest olives and people are always horrified: “But…but…you studied LANGUAGES!!” is a common refrain. I mean, I did, but I didn’t like them any better in French or Italian.

    Also mushrooms: “You don’t like MUSHROOMS? Really? What about…these mushrooms? Or these ones here? Oh, you don’t like any of them…what about if they’re chopped up?” etc etc.

  46. Chrissy says...

    I grew up in a household whose main vegetable source was a can. I literally gag at the scent of canned green beans. My brother used to eat the leftovers with a serving spoon at the end of dinner, and thinking about it makes me sick! I also despise mushrooms (texture not so much flavor) and olives. I like hummus but cannot stand the texture of raw chickpeas – nothing will ruin a salad faster! Finally, this will be unpopular, but I’m not the biggest fan of bacon. There, I said it! I like it on a BLT or club sandwich but pretty much any other time it is just too much.

    • Kay says...

      Ha! I’m Muslim so I don’t eat bacon, but I’ve had it by mistake and I did not like it! I realized I just don’t like smoked foods, like smoked cheeses or pastrami etc.

  47. Amy says...

    I hate pretzels. It’s like eating burnt, dry bread crusts. I don’t get the appeal but I’ve never met anyone who feels the same way.

    • Monica says...

      Now you have! Well, we haven’t actually met – but I feel the same way about pretzels. I pick them out of things and people are always confused.

    • Kay says...

      Ugh I can’t stand pretzels either. Not the doughy kind, but the hard pretzel stick kind. They’re just so dry!

    • Bonnie says...

      I don’t like pretzels either. What’s the point? These little dry sticks with some salt on them? There are MUCH better snacks out there. And every time someone mentions pretzels, George from Seinfeld starts yelling in my head “These pretzels are making me thirsty!!”

    • Amy says...

      Okay Monica, Kay and Bonnie, I love you. I truly don’t understand why anyone would voluntarily choose to have a hard pretzel as a snack! It’s so nice to meet you three.

    • Avril says...

      YES! There are buttery crackers and chips and cheese curls and other amazing crispy delights. WHY eat dry, tasteless, oversalted pretzels?!?!?

  48. Lucy says...

    Tuna. It’s cat food. Thank Jesus I married someone who agrees and I hope I can brainwash my children to agree. I cannot handle the sight of it. If I purchase deli meat or a sandwich and there is tuna salad anywhere near it, which pretty much ruins the experience for me, I watch like a hawk for cross-contamination (#psycho)

    • Another Lucy says...

      Agreed 100%, canned tuna is the WORST. I once had a healthy-eating co-worker who told me they ate nothing but canned tuna and raw veg for dinner which they’d nuke in the oven every night, and just the thought of the smell made me *shudder*.

      Funnily enough, I do enjoy raw tuna sushi-style though. And tuna tartare is da bomb. I know, I’m weird like that.

  49. Molly says...

    I hated olives until I moved to San Francisco. It seemed like every cheese plate came with olives, everyone had olives as an appetizer at parties… they were everywhere! I made myself try just one each time I encountered them. After a while, instead of spitting them in my cocktail napkin, I started to love them! I guess it’s like how they say for picky children… it can take up to 20 tries to start to like a food?

  50. allison says...

    Cheerios. Eww. You know that smell of beer and vomit and body odor that lingers the morning after every college party? Cheerios smell like the baby/toddler version of that.

    • Jessica says...

      I have never met anyone that shares my feelings about Cheerios! You articulated it perfectly. I always have said they smell like dirty babies.

    • susie says...

      I’ve always thought Cheerios have a vague odor of urine. I will eat flavored Cheerios (berry is good) but OG Cheerios?, no thanks.

    • Laura says...

      Ugh, yes! The aftertaste of plain Cheerios is the worst.

    • alison says...

      Lol, I live in the city that makes Cheerios. Several times a week the entire city smells like them.
      I however enjoy Cheerios and their smell 😀

  51. Margaret says...

    Olives are my hated thing too, and my husband (an amazing gourmet chef) will never stop trying – and we’ve been together for nearly 30 years!! Nope, never happening. He can not believe that he fell in love and married someone who detests olives, they are perfection as far as he’s concerned and there must be something terribly wrong with me…I’m not a picky eater in general, Olives are one of the very few things I can’t stand, and really the first and only thing that comes to mind! Glad I’m in good company!! : )

  52. Tara says...

    Peppers. Red. Green. Yellow. Orange. They are the worst. I often think about how much easier my eating life would be if I liked them. I wish I did!
    I was a very picky eater as a child and this is the one last holdover item as I get more adventurous in adulthood.

  53. Lila says...

    This comment section is too awesome! Ya’ll are the reason I’m terrified to have people over for dinner (pre-pandemic) haha. I will always ask guests if they have any food allergies, intolerances, dislikes or aversions. If there’s no allergies/intolerances most will say “we’ll eat anything” which I’m sure is a lie half the time. Just be honest! I won’t be offended I promise. I want you to enjoy your meal! I don’t want you to have to suffer through eating something you do not like to eat. That being said, my no-go’s are raisins, black licorice, porridge/oatmeal and spam. Oh and fruitcake.

  54. Caitlin says...

    Once, as a kid, I ate so many bananas that I got sick and threw them up. 30 years later and bands are still ruined for me.

  55. Kate says...

    Watermelon. It’s an assault on my senses… taste the colour the sound the smell

    • Kelli LS says...

      Yes!! My whole family is watermelon-averse. We are a lot of fun at summer parties…

  56. SD says...

    Black pepper. Beets. No can do either one! ;)

  57. aact says...

    ketchup! something about the consistency and the sweetness… BLEH. i honestly even avoid touching it at all costs. if it winds up on a burger/hot dog/fries that thing is going directly into the trash.

  58. PL says...

    I’m totally fine with literally everything you could name (from olives to offal), exceptttt…. powdered cheese! A.k.a. absolutely no cheetos, doritos, cheese puffs, etc. or that powdery “butter” stuff on popcorn. Blech.

  59. Sabrina says...

    Best post ever! So fun reading everyone’s comments!!!

  60. Maria Brown says...

    ketchup. is that a food? my kids love it and i’m stuck smelling its awful smell, touching it’s bloody texture.

  61. Sara says...

    EGGS- even the sight of them turns my stomach. Which just goes to show you how much I love this blog, because I keep showing up despite the fact that there are so many egg photos at the top of posts!

    • Kaylyn says...

      Yes! I keep trying to like them because every breakfast plate includes them…but they smell like farts.

  62. Jamie says...

    Raisins. Have you ever met a food with raisins in it that wouldnt be better if the raisins were chocolate chips? They are gross plain too, reducing a sweet juicy grape to a shriveled little annoyance.

    I also hate shrimp and find it passable in only a few preparations. For years, I tolerated it but then just realized I didnt have to be picky about how i liked it and instead just rule it out.

    Thanks for coming to my Ted talk.

    • Ellie says...

      My husband hates raisins, too, and hilariously calls them “nature’s boogers”

  63. REFUSE TO EAT:
    canned asparagus
    tacos…crunchy shell, cold lettuce, chopped tomatoes, cheese and ground beef…worst nightmare
    cooked bell peppers

    • Amy says...

      Canned asparagus? I’ve never even heard of this but YUCK!

  64. Anne says...

    This isn’t an aversion but I am weirdly bad at eating meat. It just takes SO MUCH CHEWING!! It’s not even about being overcooked or tasting bad. A delicious medium-rare steak will still take me ages to get through. Chicken and pork are better but I inevitably run out of steam halfway through. Even like ground meats in meatballs, I just stop being able to eat it very quickly. It’s like I get dry mouth or something. It’s embarrassing when a friend cooks dinner and I can only pick at it!

    The workaround is that if the meat is covered in a sauce or is mixed up in a soup or casserole type thing, I can eat it fine. Don’t ask me why!

  65. Katherine says...

    Water chestnuts *shudder*. They are flavorless explosions of horrifying texture. It’s the crunch equivalent of nails on a chalkboard.

    • N says...

      Haha! Completely agree!

  66. Stacy says...

    Raw onions. They ruin everything for me. Also, really can’t stand coconut or caramel… the looks I’ve gotten from people over that one lol. And really hesitant about squash – I had a bad experience (gagging in front of a boyfriends parents the first time I met them) and I’m traumatized.

  67. Rosie says...

    I can be pretty picky and I used to be embarrassed by it, but now I just kind of own it because it is what it is. I try to always be the person who suggests a kind of food I know I like when people start thinking about going out/ordering in. One of my friends said that I’m really picky, but very decisive so it isn’t a problem. Like if we’re going out for drinks I’ll say, I would love a margarita or a Moscow mule to steer people away from breweries where I have to settle on a cider to avoid drinking beer. I do all the cooking at home so I am never faced with shrimp. I don’t like olives either.

  68. nicole says...

    I hate it too!

  69. Heather says...

    I hate applesauce. Reminds me of daycare.

    • Amy says...

      I feel this way about Nabisco Wafers, Fig Newtons and apple juice!

    • Ash says...

      That is hilarious

  70. Mary says...

    I hate hazelnuts. HATE. HAAAAATE. I would rather eat dirt than Nutella, and I’m pretty sure there is no opinion more unpopular than that 😂

    • Laura says...

      I am with you! I actually just hit “command F” and typed in “hazelnuts” to see if anyone else shares my loathing. I threw away a macaron today because it had hazelnut frosting hiding in the middle and I am not a person who throws away food. I once worked with a friend who would drink hazelnut coffee every afternoon and she knew she wasn’t allowed anywhere near me until she finished it because the smell would make my stomach turn. I hate it that much.

    • Mary says...

      YES!! The smell of hazelnut coffee, GAG. 🚫🚫🚫

  71. Court says...

    I don’t really like Thanksgiving food. I know everyone hates this, so I try to keep it quiet, LOL. But all of the dishes taste like gravy and turkey in a casserole. I don’t like turkey so it kind of ruins the whole experience.

    I also thought that I wasn’t too picky until I scrolled through the comments and I’m like, “Oh I don’t like that either. Me too. Nope, none of that either.” So maybe I am picky! Except mushrooms and tomatoes give me LIFE.

    • t says...

      I’m not a fan of thanksgiving food either. I always make the argument that if all these foods are that great why don’t we eat them more regularly?

    • Abby says...

      I don’t like it either! I like turkey fine but its just… fine? Same with all the casseroles. I feel like if you’re spending all day cooking… it should be something outstanding and exciting! I’m like the Grinch of Thanksgiving in my family.

  72. Lisa says...

    I dislike all forms of coffee taste but like the smell. Also can’t eat foods where sugar is the prominent taste. I scrape icing off baked goods and don’t use it when I bake.

  73. Lindsay says...

    Everyone loves beets and I can’t stand them. They taste like dirt to me. Have you tried them with goat cheese? Yes, gross. Have you roasted them? Yes, gross. I’ve tried them all the ways and just can’t.

    • Emily says...

      THEY TASTE LIKE DIRT TO ME TOO! I am convinced this is like how cilantro takes like soap to some people – some kind of genetic thing.

    • Kathryn says...

      Ugh…you just named my huge *gag* reflex food… goat cheese!!! The first time I had it was in a restaurant in Mexico. I literally had a Tom Hanks caviar scene moment in the restaurant😳. Goat cheese tastes like it was scraped from the bottom of a cage at the zoo.

    • Kat says...

      Fellow beet hater! I was raised in the south and it’s just not a big thing down there so I never grew accustomed to their soily terrible flavor. They are inedible.

  74. Steph says...

    I am very not into fish/seafood. By luck, I married someone who is allergic to fish so we don’t even have to fight about whether it can be cooked in (i.e. stink up) our kitchen.

    • steph n says...

      Same. I always say if it swims it’s not for me.

  75. LB says...

    Eggplant. The only veg I’ve come across I really won’t eat, even under melted cheese.

  76. R says...

    I’ll literally eat anything! The fact I don’t get taken down by any “bad” flavors or textures is my one and only super power. Think black licorice, kombucha, sauerkraut, olives, eggs, etc. I love it all.

    I have a friend who has food aversions and will rifle through her meals picking out the tiniest bits of a flavor she doesn’t like. It’s hard for me to understand!

    I have the gene that makes cilantro taste like dishsoap, so I think I get what it’s like for something to taste bad? But even when I’m eating a burrito or salsa and notice it’s in there, it doesn’t stop me. I’ll acknowledge the flavor, but am able to look past it and enjoy my meal anyway.

    I don’t think I’ve been revolted by a flavor since choking down purple cough medicine as a kid. *shrug*

    • Molly says...

      Ha! Right there with you! I can’t think of a food I wouldn’t eat. I eat everything. I even probably like purple cough syrup.

    • Michelle says...

      Love you people! I love pretty much all food except melon and sweet pickles. And I would not want to eat bugs (but have never been offered one).

    • Eva says...

      Same! I was going through the comments and really trying to think of a food I so strongly detest but couldn’t find one! It’s all about HOW it’s cooked and proportions to me: I wouldn’t eat a cilantro salad but if it’s sprinkled on my tacos I enjoy it. Raw oysters is a no but grilled is np. You wouldn’t see me snacking away on raisins but in a babka? I’ll eat it. Also I’d never thought I’d eat liquorice but then had it powdered over a risotto – it was delicious! My mom used to cook very varied meals with loads of different ingredients and my parents always asked me and my brother to try something several times before making up our minds about it. I’m really grateful to them for that and would do the same for my kids!

    • Andra says...

      I eat almost anything…except liver.

  77. Kate says...

    I am embarrassed of my one (1) long-term, perhaps genetic, aversion to green peppers. Like Jenny, I continually try them in an effort to overcome. But I think the problem with picky eaters is that they’re usually NOT embarrassed! They’re proud to be picky! They revel in it when, frankly, they should be embarrassed by their self-limited palates.

    I really can’t understand it. But I suppose if I felt the same way I feel about green peppers towards a random and seemingly growing assortment of food I would be picky too..trying to put the shoe on the other food.

    • saragerene says...

      Me too! I will literally eat anything and truly enjoy all foods, but I CANNOT with Green Peppers! Weirdly enough, I consider poblano peppers one of my absolute favorite foods!

  78. Kelly M says...

    Gah I love this post. I think it’s so normal for people to have specific food aversions. Why must a human love every food that exists…says this self-proclaimed picky eater. I’ve never liked any meat or fish my whole life. I would try to eat it when I was young, and on and off as I got older, but I just don’t like it. It gives me zero pleasure and some is just nasty to me. My biggest issue is why so many vegetarian dishes have tomatoes and onions in them. I always have something I can eat on menus (I love salads and many veggie dishes) but tomatoes and onions are pretty much the only veggies I despise and they’re in so so so many dishes. When I was quite younger, my grandma gave me a cherry tomato out of her garden and apparently I spit it out as soon as I took a bite. I grow them myself and try them every once in a while and yuck!

  79. Kate says...

    Bananas. I can’t. Stand. Bananas. The smell turns my stomach. The texture revolts me. I would be happy to see them go extinct. Before my daughter was born, they were not allowed in the house (and my poor husband would have to settle for the occasional banana pancakes when we’d go out to brunch) but now I have allowed them, since, I admit, they are healthy. But uuugh I wish I could ban them again, especially when they start turning brown! I hope she grows up to hate them too eventually!

    • Hilary says...

      Bless you. I am the exact same way and nobody understands. I have gone so far as to say I am allergic to them, just to scare people out of ever trying to sneak one past me, ha!

    • heather says...

      I HATE bananas. Everything about them is revolting and nobody gets this. Thank you. I feel better knowing there are others like me out there.

    • Jesse says...

      Yes! As soon as they’re ripe, they smell like my compost bin.

    • Cait says...

      I was about to comment this as well! Even as a baby, I spit them out. Everything about them disgusts me. People always think it will be fine in banana bread or a smoothie, but NOPE. (And it sure would be convenient and inexpensive for sweetening healthy smoothies!)
      I also have always felt the same way about eggs, and my dad did too so I was never forced to try them. I’ve tried very hard to like them, given how healthy they are, and have worked up to eating one fried with a TON of sauteed vegetables and cheese on it. Plain, I don’t know if it will ever happen.

  80. Nicky says...

    That is EXACTLY how I feel about figs! Such pretty colors, look so elegant on a cheese board… taste like the devil’s raisins. I feel like such a foodie impostor!

    • Thea says...

      Me too!!!!! So pretty but so revolting.

    • Hilary says...

      “The Devil’s Raisins!!” I am CRYING! 😂

      I hate them too.

    • Jen says...

      Yes! This! I love pictures of figs, platters with figs, the idea of figs, but I keep trying figs and I can barely get a bit down.

    • Lesley Porcelli says...

      I love figs, but “the devil’s raisins” is genius!

  81. Kaitlin says...

    i HATE goat cheese and i’ve never met anyone else who shares my aversion!

    • Alice says...

      I do, and I’ve three who I know who share my absolute aversion. It tastes like goats smell.

    • shannon says...

      same! it makes me gag instantly

  82. Emily says...

    Ha – Jenny! Your feeling about your olive aversion is how I feel about mushrooms. Borderline embarrassed by my distaste, and absolutely mortified if someone like my husband brings it up in front of other people. I’ve been known to give him a dirty look if he tells people to not order mushrooms on a pizza because of me (but I will pick them off quietly, because I think they’re disgusting).

    • Julie says...

      mushrooms are the worst! the texture is horrible and I just can’t do it. I literally gag when chewing them. When studying abroad my junior year of college while dining at my roommate’s aunt’s house in france I picked at a plate of pasta leaving the mushrooms behind – then got a lecture on how it was rude to not finish your food when you are the guest. Since then they revolt me even more.

  83. Caitlin says...

    Meat of any kind! Bacon and pork-no way! Chicken and turkey, too. Especially the smell of it cooking. Cooked broccoli (raw broccoli is ok), raw celery (love it cooked in soups). I hate black licorice and good n plenty (I shudder even thinking of getting that as a treat!). And I hate peppermint! Especially in candy-reminds me of gum and toothpaste!

    • Amy says...

      When I was younger Good N Plentys were my least liked Halloween candy. Followed closely by the banana Runts.

      Just realized I’ve commented on several of these posts and have only made it through 1/16th of them. Apparently I’m a very picky eater!

  84. Stacy says...

    I have a low tolerance for food that is left out. My MIL uses the oven as a fridge leaves cooked meats in there for 24 hours. I just look at it and think about bacteria. At home leftovers must go after 24 hours and I always sticky to expiration dates.
    I’d prefer not to have very large cucumbers with tons of seeds. The extra mushy part is not my thing.
    Water logged pasta.
    Beans.
    The face or organ of of any fish or animal.
    Also no thank you to applesauce unless it’s served as a dip.

    • Hilary says...

      Oh my gosh! Stacy! My MIL uses the PIZZA BOX as a fridge. One morning when we were visiting them, I walked in to the kitchen and saw the leftover pizza (WHICH HAD MEAT AND CHEESE!) on the counter, in the box. I said, “Oh shoot! We forgot to put away the leftover pizza last night!” and my MIL said, “Oh, it’s fine! I closed the box lid.” WHAAAAAA? I told my husband, and he said, “Yeah, I think she’s been doing that since I was a kid.” THAT IS NOT OK.

    • A says...

      My parents always put leftovers in the oven when I was growing up! Or like, just leftover grilled chicken on a plate on the stovetop, overnight. WHY!? Also it never made us sick, which I just don’t understand.

    • Lindsay says...

      Ew ew ew my MIL does this too and she never gets sick but… chicken left out all night?? Lasagna??? Bleh!

    • Maryann Moore says...

      Um… I leave the pizza in the box for a day or two. I think that’s totally reasonable! It’s generally cured meats and cheeses that don’t really require refrigeration because they’re cooked. Clearly I’m no food safety expert, but I’ve never been sick from it! (PS. my BF who is a chef and an actual food safety expert thinks I’m crazy – but I do it anyway!)

    • Taylor says...

      I’m totally with you. Pizza on the counter, 💯 fine. Let’s get real, cheese is shelf stable and cured meats too. I get other peoples concern, but I’m just not a ‘worried about germs’ person. I also keep my eggs on the counter 🤷🏽‍♀️

  85. Laura says...

    Peas, oysters and cilantro. Also any raw fish like in sushi or sashimi. I can choke down raw sushi now and if the pieces are small enough, I might even enjoy it doused in soy sauce with generous wasabi. But peas are the worst vegetable of all time, and someone said they didn’t like the chalky texture of them and beans and I thought… YES! I don’t mind some beans now, but anytime someone suggests a bowl of chickpeas cooked up with some other flavourings as a meal, I just think… why would you do that to yourself? Ugh.

    Cilantro sometimes shows up as a surprise ingredient in our meal kit boxes and my husband and I take it out and make a point of saying out loud that we’re dumping it straight into the garbage where it belongs. Gross vomit-y soap herb. Yuck.

  86. Lauren says...

    I’ve an incredibly adventurous eater who loves trying new food and adores some very unusual tastes, but i definitely have several aversions nonetheless that sometimes surprise friends when we’re dining. I also don’t like olives – though i usually love all salty things – but try them periodically to see if my taste buds have changed their minds.
    My #1 aversion is wasabi (and its cousins horseradish and mustard), which I cannot stand, and is a shame because I love sushi unabashedly. I went so far as to carry a little piece of paper around Japan with me that said ‘no wasabi please’ which worked surprisingly well. I always feel bad, though, when sitting down at an omakase and asking the chef to counter their years of training and habit to accommodate my taste buds…
    Also, bananas (that smell! that icky texture!) and cucumber (ditto). There are others but those are the main offenders.

  87. Natalie T. says...

    Love this post. I don’t think you’re alone in your aversion to olives. Mine? Star Anise or Fennel. Blechhh. Not a fan of the licorice flavour and every cookbook recipe loves to use it. I’ve tried. I can’t. I’ll leave it out if it’s an ingredient.

    • Kat says...

      Same!!

  88. Charlotte says...

    This post (like pretty much everything on CupofJo) turns the mundane, i.e., food aversions, into something so clever and hilarious! The writing on this blog is so sharp and thoughtful; it cannot be beat!

  89. Nicole says...

    I’m the same way with olives! I give them a genuine try once a year to no avail. But love love love olive oil

    I’m not a fan of most fermented or pickled foods: pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi

  90. I hate liver (doesn’t everyone??) and am not a fan of cooked tomatoes or cumin.

  91. Robin says...

    Coffee. The drink and anything coffee flavored. Still tastes like coffee. Also, alcohol. Beer, wine, mixed drinks. It all tastes icky and alcohol-y to me. People are always curious, even though I’m now 50 years old, why I “‘don’t drink.” It’s not a moral or health stance. I just don’t like the taste.

    • Jenna says...

      I hate coffe and beer, too! They both smell absolutely horrid to me.

  92. Christy says...

    NOTHING worse than eating a fruit salad, thinking you’re getting a peach or mango or something delicious, and having it be cantaloupe. You can even taste it if the fruit in a fruit salad was touching a piece of cantaloupe for too long. Just an instant gag reflex as soon as I smell it the aversion is so strong.

    I have this very visceral memory of my dad scooping out the center of a cantaloupe and filling it with cottage cheese and, honestly, It’s scarring to this day.

    • Liz says...

      Yes! Cantaloupe. I have a theory that Science will find at some point that the aversion to cantaloupe is genetic, just like cilantro. Christy (Margaret, others on this thread), I am 1000% certain that you and I are having a very different experience of cantaloupe than the average person. Something is UP, I tell you!

    • Jess says...

      I actually don’t mind cantaloupe usually, but when I was pregnant, it tasted like battery acid. The first time I experienced it, I thought I just got a bad piece, but the next time I had my husband taste it and he looked at me like I was insane.

    • Karen says...

      100% cantaloupe is disgusting. It must be genetic or something, but my kids all love cantaloupe. My mom loved cantaloupe, honeydew, and muskmelon. She couldn’t understand my revulsion! She’d eat a half a melon for lunch in the summers. There’s something about the texture and the smell, I can’t even try to taste it.

      Of course, since my kids love them, I have bought them, cut them up, and served them. We even grew a cantaloupe patch once. But…they are so gross.

    • Annie says...

      Yes, cantaloupe, ewww

    • Elana says...

      All melon for me! Cantaloupe, honeydew… oddly enough even watermelon (though that’s a less strong aversion for me).

    • Molly says...

      I agree — cantaloupe is the worst! My in laws always seem to have a cut cantaloupe in their fridge and I can’t even eat other food from the fridge because the smell taints everything. I’m happy to find out I’m not alone in this aversion!

  93. Margaret says...

    Cantaloupe. Disgusting.

  94. Sara Payne says...

    Tomatoes. People always say “You just haven’t had a good one.” Nope. My mom grew them in our back yard growing up and I’m the manager of a hyper-local sourced restaurant. Every summer we get these GORGEOUS heirloom tomatoes that people line up for, and I am so glad that it is a joyous part of summer for so many. I still simply cannot stand them. I can eat them if they are cooked down enough into a sauce but raw tomatoes are my least favorite food. Oh well, more for everyone else!

    • Mekhala says...

      I can’t believe I found someone else that hates tomatoes too!! Me too! I detest them raw! And can somewhat tolerate them cooked, but again not my favorite taste.

    • Debbie says...

      Raw Tomatoes. I’ll eat them in cooked salsa, pasta dishes, tomato soup, ketchup…just not slimy raw tomatoes. They’re awful! and they’re everywhere! I grew them for my kids hoping not to pass along my dislike, 2 out of 3 will eat them so I consider that a success. just Yuck.

  95. NancyLou says...

    Avocados. There’s just something about that taste. . .

  96. Rebekah says...

    I don’t like pesto. THERE I SAID IT. 😂

  97. ann says...

    Even as a young child I loved all food, even liver! It hasn’t changed, I will pretty much eat and enjoy anything with the exception being lima beans (yuck) and sauerkraut…unless it’s on a sandwich. Other than that-bring it on!

    • Frieda says...

      Yes, I also eat everything – food-wise I’m pretty much the best guest you can have. :D There is one exception: water melon. As a child I had a severe food poisining from it and never recovered since.

  98. Angel says...

    Tumeric – tastes like dirt. I really want to like it and drink golden milk and other trendy drinks. But it just tastes like dirt.

  99. Eliza says...

    Raw tomatoes taste like blood to me (very iron-y)…but, strangely I love fresh pico de gallo and even a BLT if the mater is sliced thin! Love cooked tomatoes, tomato sauces, etc. (My dad doesn’t like tomatoes so maybe it’s genetic?)

  100. Suse says...

    Brussel sprouts.

    • Celine says...

      Pine nuts! They are my nemesis & as a vegetarian, people are ALWAYS putting pine nuts in my food. THEY TASTE LIKE PLASTIC!

    • Kim Wolfe says...

      YES. I loathe them. There is no method of preparation that gets rid of that taste. I do love pine nuts, though, IF they are toasted!

  101. Liz says...

    Graham crackers, especially desserts made with same. Sorry s’mores, not for me.

    • memzie says...

      Try this s’more: 1 ‘Nilla wafer, 1 slice of sharp cheddar, 1 big marshmellow. All toasted and melty. Mmmmm

    • Liz says...

      Now that sounds good—will give it a go!

  102. Mary says...

    Cooked celery – in soups, stews, Chinese food. Yuck, Yuck, Yuck.

  103. Murphy says...

    Salmon. In any form. I want to like it so much because it’s so good for you with its healthy fats, but every time I try to eat it I gag.

    Also, parsnips and fennel. Why do fancy chefs insist ruining perfectly good mashed potatoes with them?!?

  104. liz says...

    Me too on olives! I keep trying to like them. I want to.

    Also anchovies, oysters, snails, caviar. I like anchovy flavor but cant eat them whole. Just not appetizing. The others are textural issues….. Slimy or something that pops in your mouth are just not ok.
    I can tolerate caviar on sushi but try and scrap most of it off.

    I’m pretty adventurous besides that although eating any kind of bugs will never happen for me. In Mexico and Asia some are delicacies but I couldn’t bring myself to try.

  105. annie says...

    it used to be sardines and then i realized i just didn’t like the idea of it, but i had never actually tried sardines in a recipe that i might actually enjoy. sure enough, now i LOVE them. i think the only foods i prob wouldn’t eat are pork and certain other types of meat, and black licorice. i will literally try any and all veggies, fruits, and herbs.

  106. Genevieve Martin says...

    just for fun, I want someone to run these comments through one of those word-cloud generators and see what the top hated foods are :D

    • Frieda says...

      Yes, I would love to know that, too!

    • Alice says...

      Oooh, yes

  107. Julie Rosene says...

    I am not a picky eater.
    But! I can’t enjoy any candies. Like soft candies – jellybeans, jujubes, anything mushy and brightly artificial. Can’t do it. I can literally taste all the bad chemicals poisoning me, haha!

  108. Amanda says...

    I love most foods, I can’t stand anything like an egg custard, Yellow Curry (other curries are fine), savory cinnamon (sweet uses are fine), Lima Beans, and I keep trying Oysters, but just can’t get into it. And for some random reason, I can’t stand baked ziti. ewwww

  109. Emily says...

    Any and all “[protein + mayo] salad”.

    Egg salad, chicken salad, tuna salad… the stuff nightmares are made of.

  110. Chris says...

    Matcha! Tastes like grass. Am I the only one?

    • Sarah says...

      I don’t think anyone would dispute it tasting like grass; some people just like that fresh, grassy flavor :)

    • ona says...

      how funny! this is exactly what i like about matcha and green tea (especially from japan). it feels so bright and fresh

    • Sarah Brakke says...

      I’m not a fan either and I especially don’t want it in a dessert!

    • Jo says...

      You are absolutely not the only one.

  111. anne says...

    these comments are fascinating…

    love from, an olive/beet/celery/mayonnaise/watermelon/bell pepper/tomato/dill/mint/ginger lover

  112. AG says...

    RAISINS! Ew, gross, dead grapes.

    • Julie says...

      Yes! Forgot raisins! Gross!

    • Maria says...

      Same! I can’t stand how chewy they are!

  113. Thea says...

    Eggs “shudder”
    The sulphuric smell and weird texture just make me gag. I want to like them. It would make my meal planning so much easier. But it’s never going to happen.

  114. Nicole A. says...

    Mangoes! It’s a texture thing. However, if I eat it WITH something, I like it. Such as with some sweet sticky rice for dessert! Yummy! I also don’t mind mango flavored things, such as in smoothies. But I cannot eat a mango straight plain Jane.

  115. Ellen says...

    BEETS. Earthiness in the worst way.

    I can tolerate some green olives now, but my reaction to the idea of black olives is still a hard no. I wish I liked them like Jenny, though!

    As a reformed picky eater it’s nice that I only have one or two things that instantly jump to mind!

    • Nicole A. says...

      The other night, my boyfriend was drinking beet juice straight. I was like, what on earth? Apparently, beets improve blood flow, and he said he wanted to test for himself if it was truly Nature’s Viagra. LOL!

    • Sarah says...

      Ok Nicole we obviously need to know if it worked…

    • Courtney says...

      I HATE BEETS. They taste like dirt to me. I periodically try them, but I can’t make myself choke them down.

    • Nicole A. says...

      Haha! I think either it worked or it was a placebo. Needless to say, we had a fun evening. ;-)

    • Ellie says...

      I absolutely abhor beets, too! Yes, the revolting earth-like taste, and the texture, yuck.

  116. WB says...

    Avocado – anything mixed with it and alone.
    Mushrooms — Nope

  117. a says...

    Any milk product.

    Let’s not steal milk from the cows. In my head, it’s like a corporation coming to milk human mothers and selling it to the rulers. Just no.

    I understand the need for it in poorer nations or unwell children who need the nutrition. But in rich nations with arrays of options at the grocery stores, why milk ?

    • Pemberton says...

      Because it’s rich in calcium and protein and provides a wonderful transition for little ones from breastmilk and formula. Plus it’s yummy! I get what you’re saying, I really do, but here in Vermont there are so many small family farmers who raise cows and provide milk in a very non-corporate, responsible and humane manner.

    • Ash says...

      Pemberton —

      Milk is actually an acidic food which can leach minerals and vitamins from bones. Also, acidic foods create a breeding ground for inflammation which some call a silent killer.

      Milk tastes fanatic with cookies but there are much healthier options for babies.

  118. Lily says...

    Luncheon meat (All varieties, so gross to me!)
    Nobody else?!

    Also:
    -Jello
    -Bottled dressing (most, but I like ranch)
    -American cheese (I will eat if if I am desperate!)

    • Katerina says...

      Same here!

    • Amy says...

      BALOGNA!! It’s like quivering human flesh. Especially with the rind. Is that even meant to be eaten?!

  119. Vava says...

    I don’t care for bananas and I hate raw apples. I can’t stand being around someone who is chomping on a raw apple. The texture of bananas grosses me out and I don’t like them except in banana bread where the flavor is changed by the other ingredients.

  120. Annie says...

    Capers! Anyone else?

    • D says...

      I also hate capers. They taste like mayonnaise to me. And mayonnaise is the condiment of the devil. I can’t stand the sight or smell of it.

    • Jenna says...

      Yes! I’ve been reading the comments for the past 30 minutes waiting to see if someone would say it! Capers are awful.

  121. Rosa says...

    My biggest food aversion is oranges. I hate them with a vengeance, more or less have to leave the room if someone else is eating one, and cannot eat or drink anything with even the tiniest amount of fresh orange juice in.

    But I love Terry’s chocolate oranges… it makes no sense sat all!

  122. Court says...

    There are exactly 2 foods I have encountered that I still dislike as an adult: raw oysters (I am an nurse and their texture reminds me of too many things within the human body) and cantaloupe (how can a fruit smell so much like feet???). I used to despise raw tomatoes until my roommate grew them and I tasted fresh heirloom tomatoes, still warm from the sun… now they are a staple in my house. Jenny, I applaud your efforts to continue trying olives!

  123. Emily says...

    olives and mushrooms. It is completely a texture thing. Oddly, a few years ago I inadvertently ate uncooked shitaki mushrooms in something at a restaurant and had a massive reaction known as a cat scratch reaction. It looked like a cat had attacked me all over my trunk, back and stomach. It affirmed my belief that mushrooms are poisonous and we are not to be eating them anyway!

  124. Beth says...

    Ham. Every year at thanksgiving I would try it and every year it was disgusting. Now, ham in quiche cut up in tiny pieces, mixed with lots of gruyere, and in a butter it’s tolerable.

  125. Heather says...

    I will pretty much everything except…..ripe bananas. They’re Ok if cooked in banana bread or in a smoothie, but once there is a single spot of brown on the banana I would never pick it up and eat it.
    Also….mint chocolate chip ice cream. That one’s odd because I’ll eat mint/choc in other combos (like Thin Mints!) but something about the ice cream — blech– I feel like I’m east a bowl of toothpaste ;-)

  126. Gilly says...

    Raw carrots activate my gag reflex so badly that I have to focus to get the bite down every time I try one. Anyone else have an uncontrollable bodily rejection of food they want to like? It’s a little embarrassing because I make all the faces and I’m sure ppl think I’m being dramatic. I keep trying, though. They look so tasty.

    • carla day-dziubek says...

      Carrots here too! From when I was little to now that I’m not. Okay diced small in soup for color, but other than that – Yick!

    • Kat says...

      Yes! I find baby carrots especially awful. I’ve tried smothering them in delicious hummus but they just blow through and dominate any other good food flavor. And they take ages to eat. Awful.

  127. Simone says...

    I didn’t like a lot of vegetables growing up until my early to mid-twenties, when I decided that this cannot go on. I actively chose one vegetable at a time (let’s say, tomatoes) and researched dishes that use it. Then I made that dish over and over again: First with 90% mozzarella and 10% tomato, working my way up to the “normal” ratio. I did the same with bell peppers and several other ingredients. Right now I am working on celery and beet root.
    What I still can’t stand: olives, and white asparagus. I try an olive once in a while but my reaction is the same as yours. Concerning the asparagus… I mean, look at it. It’s the penis vegetable.

    • Courtney Cooper says...

      HAHA cue the eggplant emoji

    • Constance says...

      I love this comment! I realized at some point in college that liking more things makes your life more enjoyable! I noticed people around me enjoying beer, coffee, and bell peppers – all things I didn’t like, and I got myself to like them. So that I would have more things in the world to enjoy! Some food aversions go much deeper than that, of course, and can’t be willed away – but it was very freeing to realize that I could let go of some dislikes, even if it meant I wouldn’t have anything to say to questions like these.

  128. Lucy says...

    Urm I’m a notoriously picky eater and the list of things I dislike is literally a mile long. I strongly dislike any and all kinds of peas and beans (I detest the sandy texture it leaves on my tongue), celery, bitter gourd (I can’t deal with the bitterness), olives (agree with Jenny, the overpowering taste is just too much), stinky blue cheese (just so gross), and jackfruit (OMG the smell).

    But the worst of all is durian. OMG THE STENCH alone — an unholy combination of rank fetid garbage and rancid sweat soaked socks that have been left to ferment for weeks — makes me wanna barf every single time, and the texture every time I’ve been persuaded to try it is disgustingly slimy and revolting. Every. Single. Time. It is the one thing I have had a life-long aversion to from the get-go and nothing can change my hatred of it. I cannot even stand to be near anyone who has eaten it because their breath STINKS like the worst halitosis you can ever imagine, x2,000,000,000. I JUST CANNOT. It’s so bad that one of the reasons I chose to marry my husband is because, among his many redeeming qualities, is that he hates durian just as much as I do. This is why it’s banned from cargo in airplanes, in hotel rooms, office buildings, and basically any place where SANE human beings congregate.

    • Thea says...

      LOL, Wow! That was quite the passionate denouncement of durian, a fruit I’ve never heard of. I looked it up, will now heed your warnings and never go near it.

    • Jess says...

      I didn’t know what durian was but looked it up! First result Google came up with was a Smithsonian article titled “Why Does the Durian Fruit Smell So Terrible?” subtitled “Scientists examine what chemicals make the Asian fruit smell like “turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock.”
      Think I’ll pass!

    • Lucy says...

      Thea and Jess, I love you guys! I’m so happy my rant helped warn some ppl off durian in advance. My sisters and I grew up hating it but our parents and brother love the vile stuff with a passion, and every time they brought durian home we’d have to flee the premises to avoid the overpowering stench. My eldest sis did however marry a guy who loves durian, and now she’ll even buy and keep cut durian for him on their fridge!!! (Without a care/thought as to how the SMELL will still leak out in the fridge and frankly contaminate everything else in the fridge no matter how tightly wrapped that durian is!!!) This despite the fact that she still hates it and won’t eat any herself. I would never be able to do the same!!! She is a far, far better woman than I.

  129. Sara says...

    Unfortunately a lot of them.

    However, I cannot even stand the smell of balsamic vinegar. It makes me want to throw up and my husband loves it.

    • Laura says...

      That’s so interesting to me about the balsamic vinegar! Can you pinpoint what it is about the smell or taste that is so aversive? I love balsamic vinegar so much! I could see how the flavor might be too strong for someone, but I hadn’t considered that someone would think it was straight up gross.

  130. Jess says...

    I keep coming back for the comments (you are funny women!) and in doing so realize I hate more foods than I originally thought. Newest addition: I cannot even make eye contact with an oyster. Boogers of the sea.

  131. LK says...

    Yogurt and cream cheese. I’m not a fan of the sourness and I’m not sure why! I also don’t like Brie or any runny cheese.

    Weirdly I like sour cream and goat cheese just fine lol.

    • katie says...

      yes- i ctrl f’d for yogurt. my issue with it is texture not the sour taste you mentioned- so i don’t like yogurt, pudding, creme brulee. blech just cold slime for me. i do like cream cheese, brie, etc. though- little more texture? not sure but always been this way, since i was a kid ha.

  132. Ellen says...

    As a kid, I wouldn’t eat eggs. Now I like them in fluffy, dry-ish preparations–souffles or omelettes & frittatas cooked to VERY well done–but I can’t handle most people’s scrambled eggs (the texture grosses me out). I also definitely can’t do any preparation where the yolk and white are still separate (hard- or soft-boiled, fried)…ugh. I can do poached in a soup, if I can basically totally dissolve it into the soup and not have to eat a discrete hunk of poached egg.

    • Clare says...

      I’m totally with you on egg texture! When I was growing up my mom teased me about liking “omelette shaped eggs” but not actual omelettes – I didn’t want anything combined with my eggs, just the plain, well cooked shape.

  133. JMarie says...

    I do not like peas–the frozen kind. I love sugar snap peas from the garden, snow peas, and pea shoots, but the basic frozen kind that show up in chicken pot pie, vegetable soup, or as a side dish accompanying some midwestern meat and potatoes make me gag. After 40ish years of walking around the earth, I have learned to swallow those little mushy things should someone serve them to me. I even do an occasional taste test to make sure my taste buds haven’t altered in some way. But the result is always the same. I DON’T LIKE PEAS.

    Also, I quasi-blame my mother for this. When I was a young child she would give me frozen peas and call them M&Ms. The horror!

  134. Kelly says...

    I can’t stand a lot of fruit – melons, peaches, kiwi, etc. I wish I could do it but even the thought makes me squirm.

    • Care says...

      With you! Too unpredictable for me. I’m always down for an apple or banana though. I wish I liked more!! I hate admitting it!

  135. Anchovies and asparagus. I tried so many years and only recently gave up. 😊

    • Amanda says...

      just a thought… you can try roasted or raw asparagus.. the flavor is very different from steamed or none at all is cool too! ;-)

  136. Elizabeth says...

    Bananas. Hate the smell, hate the taste, hate the texture. I have a hard time serving them to my kids without gagging.

  137. Annie says...

    I despise olives as well. Cannot even have a teeny tiny bit of one in a big bite of salad. I’ll spit it all out.

    But what I despise even more is GRAPEFRUIT. I can’t even get close to them in the store. The smell is awful. Even things that are grapefruit flavour such as face wash or soap, I cannot stand.

  138. Hilary says...

    What a fun post! My list:

    – Mayo: we don’t even keep it in the house
    – Beets: can’t stand the smell or taste and god forbid they touch something else in the salad then that’s ruined too!
    – Little Bites muffins: I had to eat these warmed (!!) for breakfast as a kid, and now I have the biggest aversion to them.

  139. Cilant-NO! :) There’s a scientific reason: Cilantro-haters such as myself are able to taste aldehydes in cilantro that others don’t, which means what tastes like springy goodness to you, tastes — to us — like dishwashing liquid with just a hint of vomit. The good news is, my ex-girlfriend was more than happy to gobble up all of the cilantro I would pick out. :)

    • Alice says...

      Weirdly I used to hate it, it tasted like soap, post pregnancy it now tastes good. *shrug*

    • Jess says...

      Same! Cilantro tastes like someone squirted Dawn into my mouth. Barf.

  140. Elise says...

    Coffee, don’t hate me.

    I would brew coffee all day for the smell if I could. But why anyone would drink that bitter, cigarette tasting brew I’ve no idea…

  141. L says...

    My aversions are all specific to varieties/preparations:

    No black olives (yes green olives)
    No fish with gills (yes shellfish)
    No black licorice (red ok)
    No raw bananas (banana break ok)
    No raw beef or fish with gills (love raw shellfish)
    Nothing almond flavored (yes real almonds)
    No brown liquors (yes to white liquors)
    No red wine (yes to white, pink, orange wines)

    • L says...

      *banana bread

  142. Rose says...

    I have a strange thing with sweet and savoury foods.
    Some I’m fine with (especially if the ratio of sweet to savoury is fairly equal eg: maple syrup and bacon together, a date wrapped in bacon is also fine…

    The thing I HATE is a mainly savoury dish with a gruesome SWEET SURPRISE!
    Eg a nice salad with a surprise raisin in it or a nice Moroccan tagine with a surprise apricot in there. I find it so upsetting, it really ruins a perfectly nice savoury mouthful!

    In the UK we have a sandwich filling called “coronation chicken” which is chicken in a mild creamy curry sauce…with creepy raisins lurking in there…very upsetting

    I realise this sounds nuts as I enjoy all these ingredients separately!

    • Cece says...

      No I’m totally with you, coronation chicken is just a crime against food!

  143. Katya says...

    HONEY!!! Yes! I thought I was the only one. And while we’re at it, I hate maple syrup too.

    • Asli Uzunoglu says...

      I hate honey too, but maple syrup – food of the gods!!! :-)))

  144. Ann-Marie says...

    Vinegar (can’t even smell it — it’s like the worst sweaty feet) and any cheese stronger than mozzarella! Ha.

  145. M says...

    I have a real problem with the texture of some foods. Sushi/lox etc used to be my nemesis. Now that I’m vegetarian I love never having to worry about being served a beautiful (but not to me) ceviche at a dinner party. On the flip side, mushrooms often also have that squishy texture and that’s often what I get instead.

  146. Sally says...

    Fellow olive hater here! Like you, I try one every so often, and am like “blergh!”

    My other most-hated food is peanut butter.
    I’m glad I’m not in the US, as you guys over there seem obsessed with the stuff! It’s absolutely vile. Granted, I probably haven’t tried any in at least 15 years, but I can’t see my opinion as having changed.

  147. Alice says...

    The only thing I really don’t like is anything aniseed-y. Fennel, liquorice, sambuca- NO THANK YOU.

    • anne says...

      HARD AGREE. I used to date a Colombian guy, and the liquor is called aguardiente and it is anise flavored. His mother very kindly brought me a very fancy bottle of it to be polite and *shudder* I drank a lot of it while trying to be polite………….

  148. Lindsey says...

    Durian fruit! We lived in Singapore for 7 years and it was so popular that there were even seasonal durian festivals, durian ice cream, etc. It smells so pungently bad that it is banned in many public places. When I was pregnant with my daughter they would pre-slice in the local Giant grocery store and I would almost be sick every single time I smelled it.

  149. Charlotte says...

    Seafood of any kind.

    I’ll choke down salmon or cod if it’s served to me, but not even the Queen herself could get me to eat shrimp.

  150. MozartsGirl says...

    Eggs. Vile devil’s orbs (as I call them…!) I’m not allergic and am fine with them as an ingredient BUT if they are identifiable…scrambled, boiled, poached, fried, omelettes, custard,…bleurgh. I used to own a sandwich shop/deli and when people asked for egg salad sandwiches it took everything in me not to ask ‘are you serious? why?’ !! But one of those who asked is now my husband so I must have made them ok…x

    • Celine says...

      Pine nuts! They are my nemesis & as a vegetarian, people are ALWAYS putting pine nuts in my food. THEY TASTE LIKE PLASTIC!

    • Lia says...

      OMG same! Like you, I’m not allergic, and I’ll eat them if they’re an ingredient, but I cant stand them otherwise!! Glad to know I’m not alone haha