I don’t like fennel

May 6, 2008

I don’t like fennel. Somehow I thought I could get myself to like it if I kept buying it and eating it, but munching on it today at lunch I realized that I just don’t like it. So I’m going to stop buying it (at least for myself – my DH likes it).

There are so many raw veggies that I do love – red peppers (well, any color, but the red, orange and yellow always taste better to me and have more phytonutrients). I love carrots, celery, fresh cherry tomatoes (not old ones however). Cauliflower, broccoli, it’s all good to me in the crudité world. I miss jicama – can’t find it here in France and I love that stuff w some lime squirted on… I usually have to hold myself back at the market to not buy too many for our small European fridge (plus all the work to cut it up that I usually do on market day).

I’ve been trying to expand my palate in recent years, but it honestly hasn’t been that successful. Well, I’ve learned to like stronger cheeses (living in France will do that to you!) but I still dislike all things licorice or anise (thus the fennel), fishy-tasting fish (although white fish without much flavor I do like), and I also dislike all organ meats. Both the idea and the origin and the smell of foie gras make me nauseous – a problem at dinner parties as it’s the classic French “fancy” thing to serve, but I haven’t given an inch on that. I’ve tried (without success) to like more fish, since fish is good for you and I think it’s a shame I don’t like it, but I just don’t. I don’t like oysters or a lot of other seafoods too (although I like scallops, crab and lobster, and I can tolerate shrimp). Salmon is much too strong for me, and it’s another dinner-party staple, but again something I just can’t bring myself to eat.

I also dislike the flavor of ham and most pork. Especially the stronger cured hams, but even for everyday grocery purchases. I don’t go out of my way to avoid all pork, but I don’t order it, and sometimes the taste will be in a dish and I’ll just find it too strong and stop eating it. Another food aversion I’m not trying to change – most pork is quite fatty and I get enough protein from other sources, no need to worry about it.

But fruits and veggies I generally like, there are very few I dislike, and I somehow thought that I “should” learn to like the fennel. But I don’t. In fact, to be more specific, I don’t like it raw. Maybe if it was cooked I’d like it better, but I’m not going to go out of my way to find out – there are so many veggies I really do like I don’t quite see the point in forcing one more into the repertoire.

What are your “don’t like it” foods?

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