I’m probably a bit of a fussy eater, but I’m open to trying new foods (as long as they don’t contain meat or fish). However, my husband will tell you that I’m about 95% likely to have some kind of complaint about those foods. I say they are not complaints, just comments. When I lived in Korea, I tried all sorts of foods that I have no intention of ever trying again, but to avoid offending my hosts I tried them. I refused to try things that were still moving—it was very unnerving to watch people attempt to eat octopus tentacles which were wrapping themselves around their chopsticks—and most of the time I avoided any kind of non-vegetable dish at all, although I did try fermented fish (very strong taste of ammonia) and I was once served a soup containing bright green snails. I have to admit I ate around them. They just seemed to have the effect of making the soup taste like seawater.
Shortlist.com has an article about the foods that Brits deem the least appealing:
http://www.shortlist.com/home/oysters-voted-least-appealing-food-by-brits Top of the list is oysters, followed by liver, and anchovies.
I am definitely not a fan of oysters and liver. Oysters were another of the ‘try once in Korea’ foods. I was ill for almost a week after trying oysters thanks to a lovely bout of food poisoning that left me unable to stomach anything for several days. Liver brings back childhood memories of school lunches. I remember looking at a lump of liver on my plate at school thinking it looked as I imagined dinosaur skin to look (no idea why!). Other unpopular foods on the list include blue cheese (34%), olives (33%) and marzipan (26%). These three would be on my list of most delicious foods. I’ve talked about my love of marzipan before. It’s just so tasty! In looking for a picture of marzipan, I came across this recipe which looks nice and easy.
I’ve tried to think of the foods I would put on my list of unappealing foods. I don’t like mashed potato (or potatoes in general although I’ll eat them if I have to), I don’t really like fried food, and I’m not a fan of artichokes either. What would go on your list of unappealing foods?