Last month Mark brought home a very interesting article which was published in the Metro titled – How many foods have you tried? It was based on a poll of 2000 adults. Ok, this might not represent the whole of the population but with this amount of people I would say that results are fairly accurate and should be counted as valid.
They published a list of the 40 most avoided foods. The top five:
Can you imagine that 1 in 4 people have never eaten an avocado and 1 in 5 refuse to eat olives, figs or prunes? The list also contains a lot of basic cooking ingredients (at least for me) like: leeks, celery, sweet potato, spinach and even salmon! It seems that we hate veggies, fish and a lot of cheeses, especially feta cheese, brie and goat cheese. Why is that?
Is it because they are exotic and we simply aren’t so adventures and prefer to stick with what we know or is it because they look just a little bit funny?
Some years ago when I was in Turkey I was invited for a very posh dinner / supper. I was told that the meal will be very special and that it is cooked only once a week and you actually need special connections to even be able to order it. Ok, I thought, I will get something rare and yummy, how cool is that? So my dish arrived, it looked a bit funny and grey-is but as I really didn’t want to offend the host I dived in. It was ok, nothing to rave about… it tasted a bit unfamiliar for me but it was eatable. More or less half way through the dinner I was told what I was eating a lambs brain. OMG! This was the moment that my dish stopped being all that yummy and I wasn’t even able to swallow the next bite… It was not a good end to the dinner 🙁
Now when I think about that moment, I still feel that distasteful feeling, I ate the brain… yuck…
But why do I feel this way? Just moments before I was gifted with a deeper knowledge of the dish, the dish was fine and I was happily munching on it… seconds later… not so much…
Isn’t it weird that we actually have to think about what we are eating, instead of just eating and enjoying it? How often when something new or unusual pops up on the dinner table do you hesitate to try it because it looks unfamiliar?
I am really wondering why we aren’t more open to new foods and ideas. Marks motto is a good one I think; well he has two when it comes to food. Number one, as long as it doesn’t move on my plate I’ll eat it and second, try anything and everything at least once and preferably twice. Remember that absolutely amazing food you consider the food of the Gods, well at some point you had to try it for the first time… Through him I am learning to be more adventurous with my palette.
Are you a fussy eater or are happy to try just about anything?