>There are people here, that don't try things because they might be gross
>There are people here who don't actively learn to love things they hate in food, (Hating cilantro because genetics gets a pass here)
>There actually people actually bash foods
>There are people here that will post canned tamales that no one actually eats and say I wouldn't eat them and so my point is invalid.
>tfw have cliantro gene so it tasted like dish soap when J first tried it
>tfw making myself eat it almost every day for few months
>tfw now it's so much more bearable than first time I tried it
Expanding your palate is a great thing, I love nearly all food because of it. After so long of wanting to love all food, I do, I love trying new things, and I love that I can walk into anywhere and provided it isn't burn your eyes out spicy, I'll love anything they give me. It allows me to experience things that I otherwise wouldn't have liked unless I had learned to like it. I've tried Balut, Bitter Melon, Natto, Bi Bam Bap (with the raw egg, this is more of textural one), extremely dark chocolate, dark coffee and loved all of it. It's great to be able to look at a restaurant and not know what to get because everything looks delicious.
Personally, I'll try, eat and love anything that, A. Is actually traditionally made in people's kitchens (no canned BS, but potted meat is okay), B. Non-medicinal, so no virgin boy eggs, and C. Won't get me sick because of XYZ reasons
Have you ever seen anyone ever even buy a Zero bar?
I've always imagined it tastes like the way palm olive smells
The two things off my plate forever are whole chickpeas and red delicious apples. I hate the mealy texture and will never eat them willingly.
There are a bunch of things I won't try because they sound disgusting, or aren't actually food, like pickled pigs feet, most Chinese cuisine, insects, and obviously spoiled 'delicacies'.
Besides nutella and Marmite and various seafoods, I can't think of any non traditional food that isn't some variation of a one dimensional sauce and hotdogs or hot dogmeat.
>Eating medicinal stuff
Most of it's alright actually but a lot of that stuff borders on shady snake-oil at best that's sold as "I know better than you, drink/eat this" Go to an ethnic food store, and look at all the medicinal stuff a lot of it is actual medicine and not food. Snake hearts and blood are fine to me, I'd try them in a heartbeat but bettle nuts? Not so much
>Make me sick
What is self-preservation
I've got a sneaking suspicion this is bait...
Honestly, I felt the same way about a lot of the stuff on the second part of your list before I decided "Fuck it" and tried it, and it turned out it was actually very good. Also! Chinese cooking seems gross and daunting, but trying actual Chinese food and not hardship food, is really great.
Also just because something is fermented doesn't mean it's bad.
I learned to like a few things, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and peppers among a few others, because they appear in so many dishes and I was seriously limiting myself by not eating them.
There were a lot of things that I didn't like at your age that I eat on a regular basis now.
Pretty much OP, only about 1/3rd of the people here are actually here to discuss food, the other 2/3rds are just here to bitch that everything new (or at least new to them) isn't good or worth trying, thus convincing themselves they never have to grow or change and keep on sucking down the same shit their mom has always made them.
Used to hate all forms of eggs, all forms of potatoes, and all soups
Spent the last seven years trying more of each because a) I am no longer a child and b) there are so many varieties, recipies, preparations and cooks of each that a blanket "don' like it" is an utterly retarded claim
Now I like new things, things I didn't used to and have learned how to cook and incorporate new things. My world is richer for it and all because I decided to stop being a petulant little bitch