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Tell VT: What fruit or veggie did you hate as a kid—but love now?

Tell VT: What fruit or veggie did you hate as a kid—but love now?

What fruit or veggie did you hate as a kid—but love now? Share your comment below, and see what others have to say. Our favorite responses will be published in the next issue of Vegetarian Times.

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Broccoli with cheese sauce

As a kid I had a small spot in the garden where I grew my own strawberries, flowers, radishes and so on. It was just one square meter but had a variety of different plants. My parents gave me a zucchini plant to care for. I had never tasted zucchini and took extra care of the plant. My sister and I competed who might grow the biggest fruit. When the zucchini were ripe, my mom would cook them with pasta and tomato sauce. They were awful! They tasted terribly boring and had a spongy, almost gooey consistence with slippery seeds inside. I could not finish my plate. I felt betrayed because my parents made me grow such a disgusting vegetable. For years to come I would sort the zucchini out from meals and complain about their very existence. For twenty-something years I shunned that horrible zucchini. Three years ago, a friend of mine invited me over for lunch and he had prepared a zucchini sugo with cream and pasta. I tried some only to be nice and was already thinking of how to politely decline the meal he so meticulously prepared. I was surprised to find the zucchini had a totally different consistence than what I was used to from my mom's cooking. They were cut into thin juliennes and fried until dry and tasty. They tasted like nuts and something fresh, they were almost crunchy in the cream sauce. There was no glibberish goo, no spongy mass to burn one's tongue. I was a huge fan from the first bite. I had a second and a third helping and from this day on, the zucchini became one of my favourite vegetables.

Avocado. In my sheltered childhood, avocados did not exist, until my elementary school social studies teacher brought some in for the class to try. I thought they tasted like old mushy peas. But now, many years later, I eat them in all kinds of ways.

Artichoke , rutabaga, beet root, bitter melon

I hated zucchini when I was a child. But now I eat it about every other week. My favorite way is baked with feta cheese and black peppercorns on top or in a soup. Delicious!

Never used to like tomatoes. Like them now

I hated green peas, because the only kind I ever had were the mushy gray-green ones out of a can. I was grown before I ever ate garden-fresh ones. What a difference! I love them now.

Beets! I lived most fruits and veggies, but never really liked beets...maybe because my family bought them canned. Note, I boil them and cut them up for salad, or "saute" them lightly with some carrots and sriracha for a spicy side. I have no idea why I didn't like them as a kid, the are delicious now

Beets. Who knew they were so good?

Beets and Brussels sprouts! Can't get enough of them now!

Celery and dark olives! (I still have trouble eating green olives, and I still hate carrots, cucumbers, and all melons. Lol!)

When I was a child I would bite into onions raw. One day, my mother walked into room and sniffed out a stench coming from my bookcase. Apparently I had stuffed an onion inside a hand puppet with the excuse, "He was hungry." However for the majority of my life, I actually disliked onions. Now as a young adult, and a vegetarian, onions go in almost every one of my dishes!

Spinach.

I was never a fan of carrots as a child, but now I find myself adding them to most dishes I make. I love them raw on salads and cooked in soups and stews. However, I still do not like to eat them raw if they are cut in chunks! If I'm going to eat them raw, they have to be shredded or julienned.

Avocados!

Beets!

Wow, that is an interesting question. It is a lot harder than it at first appears. I can name some fruits and vegetables that I 'liked' as a child and 'hate' now; brussel sprouts, asparagus and papaya come straight to mind. A fruit or vegetable that I hated then and like now? Since moving over seas almost ten years ago, I have found a large number of fruits and vegetables that I have never even seen before, and being a vegetarian, I have tried them all... most are really good, one or two I will never eat again; unless I was starving, but they don't actually fit the criteria of the question, since I never tried them before. After much consideration, I guess, I will go with spinich. I think that might be the only food I ever really found truly disgusting growing up and would refuse to eat. Now I eat it all the time - Raw, boiled, in soup, even blended in my smoothies... My final answer will have to be Spinach.

Without a doubt, Brussel Sprouts!!

Broccoli, cauliflower, and asparagus. This is most likely because they were usually served boiled, which I still do not like. After discovering the miracle of grilling and roasting vegetables, these are some of my favorites!

I hated sweet potatoes because mom only dished out canned. Ooooh, terrible. I stayed away from them until the last ten years or so when they were touted as the healthiest "potato" you can eat. I started out slowly, and now they are the only potato I eat. My favorite recipe with them is sweet potato and black bean enchiladas...YUM.

Brussels Sprouts - my parents called them "fairy cabbage" in an effort to get me to eat them. Now I love them, in salads, stir fries, steamed, grilled or any way I can get them.

Asparagus and Brussels sprouts! But now I love both, especially roasted!

Beets. There were some vegetables I never even tried until after I was living on my own - things like eggplant, okra, swiss chard, kale. If it didn't come frozen, it wasn't on my family's table.

Beets

Cauliflower -- growing up in an Indian household I refused to eat cauliflower. My distaste for it was so famous within our family, I was teased that instead of basket of flowers for my wedding, I'd receive baskets of cauliflower heads! I am married and thankfully had flowers for the wedding 5 years ago....I absolutely enjoy cooking and preparing cauliflower for myself and my family (especially organic)

As a child, I would always throw a fit when my parents would take us to the Indian restaurant. I'd order plain rice and butter. Now? I eat Indian food three to 4 times a week, and my kids do too! I wish I hadn't been so stubborn, and appreciate my parents trying to broaden my food horizon as a child.

MUSHROOMS!!!! My mother was always allergic to mushrooms, so I avoided them like the plague. But now you can give me some dried porcinis and some almond milk and I can make you a killer stroganoff!

Avocados and Brussels sprouts. Now I can't go more than a day without avocado. And Brussels, I like to pan fry them in butter and garlic with a touch of salt - delicious!

Tomatoes. In my 20's I discovered caprese salad . For years I ate tomatoes only in that salad. This summer, I am 45 now, I have finally found the pure joy of a fresh, sweet, perfectly ripe heirloom tomato. Heaven. Never too old to find a new food love.

Aspargus. We always had the horrible canned or jarred ones growing up. Now that I have access to the fresh variety at the farmers market each spring, I can't get enough of them!

I was born in 1947. When I was a kid, the normal practice of cooking vegetables was: boil them in water until they are a pulpy gray. Serve! I hated ALL vegetables, the worst being canned asparagus. When I first met my wife who is from Austria, and ate one of her fresh garden salads, I was amazed at how good vegetables could taste. My mother would turn in her grave to learn I am celebrating my 18th year as a vegetarian!

Spinach. My mother served it plain or with vinegar and it was so bitter, I hated it. Now I put it in salads, soups, sandwiches and so much more.

Asparagus! My mom used to make us each try 2 pieces when she served it at dinner. I would hide it under the edge of my plate so I wouldn't have to eat it. This was in the 50's and it was canned asparagus. Later on I discovered fresh asparagus and I flipped for it.

I used to dislike lima beans and brussel sprouts. My husband grew up disliking sweet potatoes and beets. We both enjoy most all vegetables now.

My brother was born in March of 1944. That summer at the age of 6 my parents sent me to a sleep away camp in Maine. I adored camp and the excitement of sleeping on the top part of a double bunk bed. My mother took the counselor aside when they dropped me off to tell her I was a pretty good eater but that I would not touch spinach. She even made a grimace to explain to her my disdain. Fast forward to visiting day and to my parents' surprise I loved camp spinach. I still do some 70 years later. I tell my kids and grand kids, " bring on the spinach !!!!"

Brussels sprouts. I recall having them boiled as a child ~ yuck! As an adult I love them roasted then drizzled with maple syrup and a sprinkle of salt ~ delish!

Then, I hated Asparagus and Watermelon. Not mixed, of course! Now I love both. Still not mixed. :-)

Mushrooms! I wouldn't go near them when I was a kid (I suspect it was the idea of them more than anything) but they feature heavily in at least a couple of recipes a week now.

I'm a baby boomer, too. And, no offense to mom, but she cooked veggies until they were a slimy pot of mush. Needless to say, spinach wasn't my favorite, but I can't do without it now.

Acorn squash! My mom would bake it and stuff the cavity with some kinda lima bean/sour cream mixture....I would GAG at the thought I would have to eat that for dinner. Fast forward about 30 years and it is one of my favorite veggies to roast or make into soup. So glad things do change!

I hated almost all vegetables when I was a kid, although I slightly tolerated string beans. My mother served canned vegetables (which still make me shudder) or she cooked frozen, cooking them until they were mush. Now I cook fresh or frozen and every vegetable is my favorite! Even brussel sprouts and asperagus!

Eggplant. I wouldn't eat it because they squeek when you rub them together! When I finally tried it as an adult... wow - instant love!

Onions, green peppers, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli--all vegetables I now love once my taste matured. I remember my mother making your standard beef stew with the awful stewed onions and carrots that had their flavor cooked out. Before I turned to plant-based eating, I perfected a much improved and delicious beef stew. Boiling and overcooking does nothing for cruciferous vegetables either. No wonder I hated them. It's all in the preparation!

Brussel Sprouts, smelled while cooking and taste bitter. As an adult, I learned to pick small ones, steam them, slice them with butter and salt to eat warm, or marinate them to eat cold.

Beets. They made me gag. One of my earliest memories was of being served beets when I was in the hospital for surgery (age 3) and I think I always associated them unpleasant experiences. But also, we only had canned beets, (that still makes me shudder). The first time I was able to eat beets and enjoy them was grated raw in a salad, then pickled with hot spices, and now, well, I'll eat them any way I can get them except canned. My mother nearly fainted when she heard this, we had epic dinner table battles over beets.

Growing up in the fifties, my mom always put a vegetable on the plate but it was pretty basic. My dad was picky so she gave up trying new things. In college I went out to dinner with a classmate and her brother and the most dreaded creamed spinach was on the plate. I poked a fork in it fully intending to smash it around as if I had eaten it. But it was delicious! I finished it off right away. I came home saying, "Mom! I ate spinach and it was good" That began our journey into trying new vegetables I never looked back.

Brussels sprouts. We threw them at each other. And sauerkraut. To this day I cannot stand the smell of commercial kraut, however I make my own and it is a completely different product. Delicious!

Brussels sprouts! Hated the smell and they tasted bitter. Now I love them oven roasted with fresh garlic and olive oil

Brussels sprouts...my mom fixed them slimy and I vowed never to eat them when I grew up. Roasting makes all the difference :-)

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