10 foods Brits hate, despite never having tried
We are all guilty of it but what food do you blindly hate?
I thought it was a childhood thing. When you declare you don't like something and absolutely will not budge on the matter. That's fair enough if you have tasted said atrocity and not liking it is just a fact, but often kids haven't even tried the item they hold in such disdain.
I've overcome a lot of mine: the majority of vegetables, for example. But there are some foods I still stubbornly claim to hate without them ever having passed my lips, and I'm not the only one.
Here are the top 10 things Brits hate but haven't tried:
This divisive crustacean is the stuff of real nightmares, for some, but for others it's absolutely divine. From a basic prawn cocktail to the tiger prawns in your surf and turf, you can find them everywhere. But for some, they only want to find them in the bin.
Maybe it's the eyes?
There are a number of reasons you might hate cottage cheese. Anyone who has ever seen it being made will instantly love it less, for a start, but the texture really is something like nothing else out there.
Then there is the fact that the term is used to describe a number of different medical ailments... no thank you!
This is a very broad category. Tempura is the name given to a Japanese style of deep frying foods, including meat, fish, the dreaded prawns, and veg.
There are some who would argue that Mars Bars and Creme Eggs should be on that list, but that's a distinctly un-Japanese thing.
Regardless, it's just batter - what's not to like?
Guilty! I have never tasted an olive and nor will I! For me, it's very much a texture thing. They are squishy like eyeballs or jellyfish and I just can't get on board with that.
For some, these could taste like all their favourite things combined and we would be blissfully unaware.
These are little pickled cucumbers. There are sweet varieties but most are pickled in vinegar for a bit of tang. Doesn't sound particularly frightful!
There is a certain stigma to eating them though. There is always one person in a group of friends who will gather the gherkins off everyone else's burger, as the only person who likes them, and that person never hears the end of it.
I'm not sure enough people in the UK have tried lychee for this to have arisen as something we don't like, but it's on the list.
That said, there is a good chance people have seen its squishy interior and made their decision then and there. It tastes fruity, yet aromatic, like grape with a hint of rose.
This is basically a blood sausage and, if that sounds unappetising to you, you're not alone, as it comes in at number 4 on the list of things Brits hate but have never tried.
It's usually made with pork blood and fat with oats and various other bits and pieces to hold it together. If you've ever seen someone eating it, one way to put them off is even hinting at what it's made from. Instant rejection.
Sashimi and sushi
Numbers 2 and 3 are grouped together as so few people know the difference and claim to dislike one when they mean the other.
Sashimi is thinly sliced raw meat or fish and sushi refers to the vinegared rice that may or may not accompany sashimi. Both are being blindly rejected by Brits on more occasions than almost any other food.
Topping the list of things we love to hate for reasons that cannot include taste, is haggis. This Scottish delicacy is disliked for similar reasons to black pudding in that it contains a number of things people would rather not think about eating.
These things include sheep heart, lungs, and liver, mixed with suet and often presented encased in a length of intestine. It's not awful, it's offal.
What food do you hate having never tried?