Are you a picky eater? Share some of your favorite food quirks with us (the more exotic, the better!). Omnivores: what’s the one thing you won’t eat?
When I was a child if Grandma wanted me to eat something new or different she would have to lie to me about what it was to achieve her task. As an adult I am just as finicky. I have weird taste buds and I have issues with texture. So I am not usually known for trying new foods.
That said… The one thing I won’t eat? Okra.
My Grandmother loved okra. She’d grow it in the garden and cook a big slimy pot of it. Just thinking about it makes me nauseous. She preferred it boiled and would serve it with stewed tomatoes and black-eyed peas. I like the stewed tomatoes and peas, but the okra would always remain untouched on my plate. My cousin’s mom used to deep fry her okra. I tried hers once to see if I like it. I could still feel the slime on my tongue. So gross.
Growing up in the south and not willing to eat okra was challenging. I remember my schools used to serve it at least once a week. Little round disks of slime. Horrible stuff. But then again they used to serve pulled pork as well. Something else I never grew a liking for. I just didn’t have the taste buds of a southern girl. Hell, I didn’t even like pork until I got pregnant with my son. Then suddenly pork chops and pork bacon and sausage were desirable. I was born in NY and so were my taste buds… give me a slice any day but keep your okra to yourself.