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 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!
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!
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.
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.)
Zucchini, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus......hated them all as a kid, but love now!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Asparagus, I hated it as a kid. I would spit it out in a napkin and pretend I ate it. Now I love it!! Especially on the grill.
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