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Foods Kids Hate but Adults Love

What Foods Did You Despise as a Child but Grow to Love as an Adult?

Every child has a food that's an absolute no. It varies by kid; my niece loves everything from asparagus to calamari to brussels sprouts, but she'll turn her nose up at mushrooms every time, no matter how they're prepared.

When I was growing up, I was a pretty adventurous eater, but I despised frozen peas — so much that I made up an elaborate story about them being my doll's favorite thing on the entire planet and got away with passing along my helping to her whenever the vegetable was served at dinner. For most of my life, I continued my disdain of peas of all kinds: frozen, canned, and fresh. Then one Spring, I popped open one of those English pea pods at the farmers market and fell in love. Now, whenever this time of year rolls around, I can't wait to shell fresh peas.

I'm curious to know your stories: what foods did you hate as a kid that you've since learned to love?

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

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Jason15274436 Jason15274436 2 years
Walnuts, used to make me sick, now I love them and the taste as a healthy snack
siarlas siarlas 3 years
Broccoli. I hated the texture. Now I love it. So long as you don't cook it so that it's soggy mush.
julesinflats julesinflats 3 years
tuna!  
kurniakasih kurniakasih 3 years
Idk if this is 'veggie,' but I used to hate pickles with passion. Ewww. Now I can't get enough of them.  
fuzzles fuzzles 3 years
The only thing that I can think of is Brussels sprouts.  But then, several years ago, I came across ROASTED sprouts and LOVE them.    
Assistant-Community-Manager Assistant-Community-Manager 3 years
Olives & mushrooms! I hated them both until I was well over the age of 20. Now I can't get enough of either.
drogers drogers 3 years
Olives for sure.  I used to hate them as a kid.  Now my kids hate them instead!
WendyCalifornia WendyCalifornia 3 years
Tomatoes! I wanted nothing to do with them!  I think it was a reason similar Susannah's.  They were gross, tasteless and messy.  Now that I grow my own heirloom varieties, I could eat tomatoes every day. 
jessicaeden jessicaeden 3 years
feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, and beets.  Funny that now these are some of my favorite foods!
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 3 years
Tomatoes. I hated everything about them: the messiness, their jellylike seeds, the pinkish-reddish juice in the middle. I'm sure that having mealy, underripe, factory-farmed tomatoes out of season didn't help. Now that I live in California and have access to extremely fresh produce, I love them.
Sara-Yoo Sara-Yoo 3 years
Kalamata olives! I eat them by the handful today but wouldn't touch them as a kid. Ironically, I used to love canned black olives but now pick them out of every dish they appear in!
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