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drussell's picture

I've noticed in various messages over time that posters write that some foods taste like dirt to them. For me it's matcha, for some it's beets, for my DD it's a combination of some salad greens. Do these foods and some others have compounds that make our taste buds react like we've had a bite of dirt?

Adele's picture

(post #33921, reply #1 of 44)

Some people love cilantro, some think it tastes like soap.  Some like bitter, some can't taste bitter.  Sometimes I've had beets that taste like dirt, but not always.  I'm sure there is something that some are more sensitive to than others.

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

jaq's picture

(post #33921, reply #5 of 44)

I actually have come across a website called ihatecilantro.com- or something close to that. Apparently a fair amount of people have almost an allergic reaction to it, and think it tastes like dirt, soap, dirty socks, or other unpleasant things. I love cilantro myself, so feel bad for them.

italiangold's picture

(post #33921, reply #23 of 44)

Ohmagosh! Cilantro tastes like soap to me too. And I hate that I don't love it. It's such a huge ingredient these days.

I have heard that some people are "super tasters" and actually have taste buds which record certain things that others don't. That could account for why some folks are labeled "fussy" or "picky." Maybe they just can't handle the pungent or sour or acidic or spicy notes that most of us love.

MadMom's picture

(post #33921, reply #25 of 44)

I could surely be labeled a picky eater, but I think most of my "pickiness" is mental, rather than a result of taste.  Shrimp, for example, I always think of as fish bait, as that is what we used when I was growing up.  I could just as soon eat a worm.  I've eaten shrimp, and enjoyed them, but never could get the mental picture out of my head.  One of the tastiest things I've ever eaten was the fried sweetbreads at one of the Meaniefests in Seattle.  I could only take one bite, though, because of the idea of eating a gland.  I know, I should get better.  Maybe when I grow up.



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Marcia's picture

(post #33921, reply #26 of 44)

Do you suppose your pickiness may have resulted from possible being tricked into eating possum as a small child? LOL

MadMom's picture

(post #33921, reply #27 of 44)

Good thought, LOL!



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LoLo's picture

(post #33921, reply #30 of 44)

Oh Madmom, where did you grow up?  We tease my Appalachian mother about eating possum growing up.  She denies it, but has eaten groundhog and is extremely fond of squirrel brains.  : )


Me, I think beets and beet greens taste like dirt.  I love pickled beets, though.  Sometimes celery has a dirt taste to it, too.  And cilantro is very soapy to me. 

Syrah's picture

(post #33921, reply #31 of 44)

I'll happily sit next to you and eat your shrimp (prawns). To me shrimp is those tiny tiny ones that are in fried rice.

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MadMom's picture

(post #33921, reply #33 of 44)

The seat right next to me is the prize spot at any fest, not due to my sparkling personality and gorgeous good looks, but due to all the food I don't eat, LOL.



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TracyK's picture

(post #33921, reply #34 of 44)

Which includes foie gras, yum! :-)

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MadMom's picture

(post #33921, reply #35 of 44)

Oh yes.  I'm especially popular when foie gras is being served, LOL.  Or shrimp...or lobster...or numerous other foods most people love.



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Ierace's picture

(post #33921, reply #39 of 44)

Amazing! Someone else who doesn't particularly like lobster! haha I thought I was the only one! When I was little I remember my dad ordering me this pasta with lobster sauce at a really fancy restraunt, I took one bite and couldn't eat any more. He was furious, I think the experience banned lobster for me for the rest of my life. Oh, esp lobster and butter, I think its so gross.

How about cheese in general? I can't get the idea out of my head that it's made of mold... I'll eat really mild cheeses if they are subtly mixed into the meal but otherwise it just tastes like dirty socks smell to me. Which my family considers blasphemous because we're Italian...

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drussell's picture

(post #33921, reply #40 of 44)

When I was a child, I didn't care for lobster at all. When visiting my aunt at her cottage in Harpswell (a small Maine coastal community) I would request a bread and butter sandwich while everyone else was delighted with their lobsters. I grew out of that and now thoroughly enjoy lobster.

Gretchen's picture

(post #33921, reply #41 of 44)

In Colonial times there was a law in Maine that indentured servants could not be served lobster more than 5 times a week.

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drussell's picture

(post #33921, reply #44 of 44)

I know. These days that might be holding back but then it was ending hardship. How times change!

msm-s's picture

(post #33921, reply #24 of 44)

cilantro= saop, me too! whassup with that? but i love the smel, and there's enough of the cilantro flavor to get me past the soap. weird.

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Heather's picture

(post #33921, reply #2 of 44)

I really dislike smoky flavors--those foods taste like dirt to me. We all have different taste buds and brains. Makes life interesting!

jojo's picture

(post #33921, reply #29 of 44)

I agree smokey things, especially things with smoke flavoring.  I can't gag them down.  I like real barbeque though (but not fake smoked barbeque......)

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #33921, reply #3 of 44)

I swear "tilapia" is Tswana for "mudfish."


I know a lot of folks will disagree with me, but everytime I've had it, it was like a mudpie with a tasty coating.


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Risottogirl's picture

(post #33921, reply #4 of 44)

Not so much all things made with matcha, just some...like Green Tea ice cream.

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


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Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

soupereasy's picture

(post #33921, reply #8 of 44)

Now there's an appetizing thought!

CANDILADY's picture

(post #33921, reply #11 of 44)

It is funny you should mention that about Tilapia.  I took a swamp tour in Florida last year and the guide had no use for Tilapia.  He said they were brought into our waters from overseas to eliminate some other kind of pest that I cannot remember.  He also said they are basically bottom and garbage feeders.  I must confess I do like Tilapia and was very surprised to hear this about the fish.  Perhaps your tastebuds are more fine tuned.  What's your feeling on Catfish?

KitchenWitch's picture

(post #33921, reply #12 of 44)

it's not something I eat often, but I enjoyed it, when I did - no mudpie there.

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MadMom's picture

(post #33921, reply #13 of 44)

We have a good friend who is a Marine Biologist, and she had much the same thing to say about tilapia, had no use whatsoever for it.  As a result, I've never used it.  Love catfish, although they are also bottom feeders.



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CANDILADY's picture

(post #33921, reply #36 of 44)

A nice piece of catfish grilled up with some potatoes and other veggies... Life is good..

Jean's picture

(post #33921, reply #14 of 44)

Tilapia are African fish that were originally brought here to eat algae from farmer's stock tanks. They did a great job of keeping our ponds clear the one summer that we grew them. Only one problem with them, they like warm water, the minute the water cooled off in the fall they went belly up. I can see where they would become invasive in natural areas in warm winter states.



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CANDILADY's picture

(post #33921, reply #37 of 44)

Thanx for the brain refresher on the Tilapia.  I could not remember why they were brought to this country.  When you grew them did you also have other fish that you were raising?

Jean's picture

(post #33921, reply #38 of 44)

We just threw a couple in one of our goldfish ponds to see if they would keep the algae down--they did. If we can ever get them again we'll watch the water temperature a little more closely and harvest them before they croak. They're really quite mild -- good fixed this way

Melt butter in non-stick skillet. Season tilapia with dash of lemon pepper and cook fillets over medium heat until fork tender (about 2 minutes each side). Remove fish from skillet.


Add 1 tsp each fresh basil and tarragon to butter and cook for about 1 minute until aromatic. Stir in 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/2 cup white wine. Plate the tilapia and pour herb sauce over filets.


Garnish with parsley and lemon slice.


 




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CANDILADY's picture

(post #33921, reply #42 of 44)

Thanx for the recipe, copied and pasted to my files for future eating.

Jean's picture

(post #33921, reply #43 of 44)

You're welcome.



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