It is fascinating how we differ in our perceptions, due to the differing way our senses work. I am revisiting a post from December 19, 2010, one that has (no pun intended) aged well.
I was reminded the other day about how my spouse finds the smell of
paperwhites very pleasant while I find it very unpleasant. The owner of
a Bed and Breakfast we stayed in back in 2010 told me about the fact
that some people find that the herb cilantro tastes like soap.
Neither my spouse nor I find that cilantro tastes like soap but again,
we have two reactions to the smell. My husband rarely uses cilantro in
his food preparation because he can't stand the odor. On the other
hand, I have no problem with it. (I do find the taste somewhat complex,
but the first time I tried it it smelled to me like dirty socks would
taste, if you were crazy enough to eat one. It did eventually grow on
So what else do my spouse and I differ on, as far as food taste?
1. The taste of broccoli rabe, a staple of my spouse's childhood (I'm of a totally
different ethnic group) is heavenly to spouse, but I can't stand it. To
me it is so bitter I just can't eat it. Even when it is prepared in a way
that reduces the bitterness, I still taste it. I'm not the only one;
one of my spouses' cousins actually "feel guilty" about disliking her
2. Strong, mold-type cheeses such as bleu cheese and Gorgonzola:
again, I find these so bitter I can't stand them. My spouse loves
them. His autistic brother can be persuaded to eat veggies if you sprinkle blue cheese on them. Go figure.
When I had an aunt living in Iowa, we made trips a couple of times to the Maytag Dairy Farms
near Newton, Iowa just so spouse could buy their blue cheese. This was
before their blue cheese became a "foodie classic". But it is no
classic cheese for me.
I grew up with smoked fish. It was an ethnic staple for me. I work with someone who can't even stand the thought of smoked fish.
There is one other classic reaction to food that I should mention, which
is the smell of people's "pee" after eating certain foods. The classic
food causing that is asparagus, but there are some other foods that
cause pee to smell unpleasant and/or strong. I'm told that asparagus
affects everyone's pee, but not everyone can smell it. Fortunately,
because both of us love asparagus, neither of us smell it.
Since foods are chemical in nature, should any of this be surprising?
Are you sensitive to bitter food tastes?