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

By Vegetarian Times July 22, 2014 Categories: TELL VT

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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I used to hate pumpkin but not anymore. I love all my vegetables and fruits. I am a vegetarian for almost 11 years now and i eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

Tenzin - 2014-11-12 12:49:30

I hated mushrooms. I can't live without them now. Potabella, shitake, any kind every kind make veganism so easy. Grill em, fry em, bake em-eat em every day, any way-love em!

Sheena Berkley - 2014-09-16 06:15:07

Brussels Sprouts! I could not stand them. I melodramatically shuddered as only children can whenever I saw them being prepared for dinner. I hated everything about them- the taste, smell, texture, and sound- yes even the sound. Now? I love them! I love them raw, sautéed, roasted, whole, halved, quartered, "leafed" or shredded!

Christa - 2014-09-01 23:50:11

Onions. As a child my plate always had a small pile of onions that I would pick out of everything. Today I love onions, every which way you want to serve them.

Helen - 2014-08-26 03:28:16

Mushrooms! I couldn't get past the texture, especially since I was only ever exposed to canned or not-really-fresh raw button mushrooms. Then, one day on a trip in Japan, I was introduced to gently steamed enoki mushrooms with soy sauce on the side for dipping. It was good! They turned out to be a gateway 'shroom to a whole new world. (I still don't think much of mushrooms from a can, though.)

Wendy - 2014-08-24 19:16:30

Zucchini, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus......hated them all as a kid, but love now!

Alicia - 2014-08-24 01:24:45

I hated cauliflower! I optimistically offered it to my son when he was starting on solids and he loved it. Now it's a regular addition to our weekly menu.

Sarah - 2014-08-23 21:22:22

Before I became a vegetarian, I refused to eat almost anything green and plant based! I also would only eat bananas; that was the only fruit I would eat and as far as vegetables went, ha what vegetables? I look back now and cannot believe how much I was depriving myself of such wonderful, fresh, and tasty fruits and vegetables! Thank goodness that is in the past though. Pass me all the fruits and veggies please!

Stacey Arrington - 2014-08-23 11:01:52

Corn! Though I still dislike canned corn or creamed corn, I now love it fresh from the cob with salt and cayenne, in south-western dishes and salads or in my favorite meal-- Latin succotash.

Jaci Millette - 2014-08-18 23:31:56

What vegetable didn't I hate is a better question. The only veggies I'd eat were corn or green beans, canned of course, it was the 60's after all. Now I eat any and all veggies and fruit. Brussel sprouts are one of the things I never thought I'd like but they're one of my favorites. A little olive oil, salt and pepper, then roasted in the oven... nothing better!

Kim Harmon - 2014-08-18 00:23:57

I hated shredded coconut which always came from a package, dried out and overly sweetened. Now that I'm an adult, one of the greatest pleasures in life is cracking a coconut open, scraping the meat from the shell, and eating it fresh.

Elisse - 2014-08-17 17:51:27

Brussels sprouts! What made it worse is that I noticed a tooth missing one night, a night we had brussels sprouts for dinner!! I only rediscovered them in the last 10-15 years. I love them now!! I usually just eat them steamed or roasted. No one in the house likes them, so I get them all to myself!

Marcia L. - 2014-08-16 02:33:11

Avocados. In fact, up until last year I didn't like them, but I discovered that my husband makes the world's best guacamole and it was the gateway to other avocado delights.

Christy Wilhelmi - 2014-08-15 02:07:16

Beets! My dad would put them in salads and they would turn everything pink. I couldn't stand food mixing like that and they had such a weird texture. But now I might eat a whole jar of pickled beets in one sitting; and I certainly love them and salads.

Sara - 2014-08-13 21:31:33

Peas! They were either frozen or canned. My mother made me eat as many as my age, so it'd got harder every year. As a new gardener in my twenties, I discovered fresh peas. What a world of differences--even cooked. I especially like snow peas now, raw as a snack.

Ruth Arnold - 2014-08-13 12:22:31