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Have you ever been confronted with a food you simply did not know how to eat?

Asked by Jeruba (50184points) 1 month ago

Worse yet, you were in a public place, and/or alone among strangers, and/or with someone on whom you had hoped to make a good impression.

What was it, and what did you do?

What would you do now if you faced the same dish or delicacy?

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Brian1946's avatar

Yes, but this new book I got from Serling Publishers, “To Serve Man”, should help me avoid any future awkwardness. ;-)

cookieman's avatar

Dragon Fruit.

I worked at a farm for a while doing web and media for them. Had to photograph and write about everything, so lots of taste testing. First time they brought me a dragon fruit, I had no idea what to do with it.

It was great to photograph though.

JLeslie's avatar

The closest I come is artichoke. I wasn’t alone, and the people serving it to me told me how to eat it when they realized I had no idea what to do with it. Actually, the look on my face and lack of enthusiasm to dig in was probably a mix of being perplexed, and also not wanting to eat it anyway, because I already knew I didn’t like artichoke much.

I can think of other foods that I would have had no idea if someone was not there to tell me what to do. Like edamame pods, star fruit, and pomegranate come to mind.

gorillapaws's avatar

One day back when I was an undergrad, I decided to splurge and pay way too much to buy a horned melon because I just had to see what something that crazy-looking tasted like. It was just a bunch of slimy seeds and I was pretty baffled when I cut it open (I was expecting a more “melon-like” experience). I’m not sure if the one I got was under-ripe, over-ripe or if it was how it was supposed to taste, but it wasn’t for me. I also wished I had my $5 back.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@Brian1946 Good one!

I’d agree with @JLeslie, pomegranates. Seafood baffles me at times, I don’t think I eat crab legs correctly and usually cut myself. haha!

kritiper's avatar

My brother-in-law made a dish with mussels, something that our family had never had before. We all sat there looking at our food and each other until B-I-L dug in. And they were great!

A truck driver came into the truck stop shop where I was working , went into the restaurant and ordered up about 5 lbs. of King Crab legs, brought them out into the shop and shared them with me. The trick to eating them, he said, was to use needle-nose pliers. He had a pair that he used just for crab. (I used the pair out of my tool box.)

KNOWITALL's avatar

@kritiper Interesting, thanks. May look a little funny in a restaurant though…haha!

elbanditoroso's avatar

Not now, but when I was a kid – maybe 11 or so -I was served shrimp, but with heads and tails. I didn’t know what to do with it. My friend’s mom was kind enough to instruct me.

kritiper's avatar

@KNOWITALL I suppose. But the next time you have crab, try it! When others see you eating with those pliers, they’ll all remark about how smart you are to have figured out such a superb way to eat crab.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I tried Perrier water, I didn’t know if I was drinking it right. I tossed it in the trash.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@kritper Haha I’d never live it down. Even in rural Missouri that would be an eyebrow raiser lol. Maybe at home though!

elbanditoroso's avatar

@RedDeerGuy1 my ex-father-in law called in “Derriere Water”

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