The fall harvest is showing up in markets now, including many of the green vegetables children find so disgusting and yet are forced to eat. What is the most disgusting thing you’ve eaten, either by choice or against your will?
Why is it that kids seem to find vegetables more disgusting, anyway? I admit that I can think of a few vegetables that are pretty revolting, but you'd think kids would have aversions to grosser foods, like certain meats or other animal products. I mean, think about where eggs and milk come from and tell me that doesn't make you wince. But I eat eggs anyway, they're delicious when cooked right. (I like mine unfertilized, thanks, and the more thoroughly cooked, the better. Hardboiled is the best.)
Anyway. Here are some foods I've never liked:
- Anything made from a pig. Ham, pork, bacon, whatever. GROSS. I can't stand the flavor or the smell.
- Celery. I hate the stringy texture, and what little flavor it has is unpleasant. Celery seed is bad, too. Some people add it as a seasoning to whatever, and then when I take a bite, I think, "this would be so good if it wasn't for the hint of putrescence permeating this otherwise tasty dish."
- Turkey. The lunchmeat kind is gross, and roasted turkey is really dry and tastes like sawdust. When I "came out of the cupboard" and told my family I was vegetarian, I was very relieved because my mom stopped begging me to eat a piece of turkey at Thanksgiving.
- Swiss cheese. It just tastes nasty, no matter what you do with it.
But the most disgusting thing I've ever eaten goes above and beyond all those. You see, I was willing to try almost anything in junior high (don't ever mix cheese and jello). So one day, in 9th grade, Sarah-formerly-known-as-Yiwei brought me a little chunk of something that was kind of golden brown and looked like hard candy. I think she might have suckered Megan and/or Heather into trying it too, but I don't remember. I put it in my mouth, and this NASTINESS with a hint of soap just spread across my tongue. I immediately spit it out, and Sarah was laughing hysterically. She told me it was donkey hoof. Eaaaggghhhh.
Moral of the story: Never trust a Chinese person handing you a UFO (unidentified food ordeal).
Could've been worse, I guess. I heard horror stories about a pig intestine dish or something that she tricked Kathy into trying.